IS YOUR NAME STOPPING EMPLOYERS FROM FINDING YOU?

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SHOW DATE: NOVEMBER 27, 2013

Don’t let your common name (ex. David Thomas) keep you invisible on social media.

Career Builder did a survey this year that found that 43% of hiring managers admit to researching high-ranking job candidates on LinkedIn and Facebook and other social media. And of course, having that common name makes you much harder to find.

There’s a simple solution. Make sure that when you register for a site like LinkedIn, the email address connected to the social media platform is the same email you have at the top of your resume.

A hiring manager can simply do a Google search on your email address and one of the first things to pop up will be your personal social media accounts. It’s a great way to stand out in the process.

WHAT TO WRITE ON LINKEDIN IF YOU HAVE NO WORK EXPERIENCE

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SHOW DATE: AUGUST 14, 2013

A staggering 90% of corporate recruiters and recruiting firms are now using LinkedIn as part of their recruiting method. That means updating your LinkedIn profile and listing your latest experience is more vital than ever on your job hunt.

But if you’re a college student, a recent grad, or a mom, you may not have much experience to begin with, or it’s been a while since your last job.

Don’t worry—we’ve got some excellent tips to get your LinkedIn profile up to speed.

Undergrads and recent grads: List your coursework on your profile. You put relevant coursework on your resume, so why not put it on LinkedIn as well? And if you don’t have work recommendations, you can get professors’ recommendations instead.

Moms: If you’re a mom, and you think that your time away from work has left a giant lapse on your profile, you couldn’t be more wrong. One of the most amazing team leadership skills is raising your kids. Go ahead and put being a mother on LinkedIn. The skillset you obtain from motherhood is invaluable, and it prepares you for a substantial amount of jobs. Listing it on you profile is creative, fun and a great way to make yourself stand out to recruiters.

DO YOU KNOW LINKEDIN’S MOST VALUABLE FEATURE?

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SHOW DATE: MAY 15, 2013

On Facebook, there’s no way to know who’s viewing your photos and how often (bad news if you want to know who’s checking you out, good news for stalkers). But that’s not the case on LinkedIn.  Very few people know that LinkedIn has a feature that allows you to see who has been looking at your profile.

This is a gold mine for you! Why? Because recruiters frequently use LinkedIn like Google; they do searches on job title, functions, companies, etc.  So if a recruiter finds you on LinkedIn, chances are you have something they want! Therefore, do some research on the people viewing your LinkedIn page. If you discover that one of them is a recruiter, that’s an invitation for you to reach out to him/her and let them know you’re looking for a job!  It’s what the experts call “Passive recruiting” and what we call “being smart and proactive.”