Ninety-four percent of recruiters use LinkedIn to hunt for new talent, according to a 2013 study by the Society for Human Resource Management. Obviously, job seekers should take full advantage of its potential. We’ve writtenplenty about the usual tips for optimizing your profile. Here are some of the lesser-known tricks that can also get your profile noticed by hiring managers.
Did you know that you can get a link with your name in it? You can, and it’s pretty easy. Susan Adams at Forbes offers simple instructions for creating a vanity URL that will help you look like a power user who understands personal branding.
2. 500 might be the magic number.
“Get at least 500 connections,” writes William Aruda, also at Forbes. “In addition to widening your target audience, the magic 500+ in your profile has a psychological impact on those who view your profile.”
Of course, quality also matters. Indiscriminately spamming strangers with invitations to connect won’t build your credibility, create a useful network, or endear you to the recipients. Make sure you’re observing the “favor rule” — don’t ask to connect with anyone you wouldn’t be prepared to help in return.
Is your profile still in resume format? That’s fine, as long as that design works best to highlight the things you want highlighted. If you have a degree from a great school, a recommendation that highlights your expertise, or a skill that’s in demand, move those to the top.
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Jen Hubley Luckwaldt writes about work-life balance, stress management, and other topics relating to what makes us happy at work. A full-time freelancer, she deals with stress by blurring the lines between life and work to the point where the two spheres are barely separate. The happiest day of her career was when scientists proved that looking at pictures of cute animals makes us more productive.