LinkedIn has become a mecca for recruiting and identifying top-tier talent and on a daily basis our organization uses LinkedIn to find college students and recent graduates for entry-level positions. Without fail, we come across LinkedIn profiles with errors and in today’s job market; this could to be a fatal mistake during the job search process. Today, we will highlight the FIVE common mistakes made by job-seekers.
- Errors and improper use of grammar: LinkedIn is one resource we use for finding top tier candidates that meet the needs of our clients. Errors on your profile can turn a potential employer off. Have someone review your profile before you make it public.
- No profile picture: Including a profile picture allows an employer/recruiter to identify you on a more personal level. Your photo should be professional in manner and should not include inappropriate content. Think about your driver’s license or school ID, only you belong in the photo.
- No summary or poorly constructed: Your summary should be an expansion of your headline/title. Include important details regarding coursework or experience as they pertain to the opportunity you are seeking.
- Profile is not broken into sections: Most job seekers simply upload their resume to LinkedIn, however this is not the best approach for creating an effective profile. Organize your profile: 1. Summary 2. Experience 3. Education 4. Charity and volunteer work 5. Extra-curricular activities 6. Achievements/awards 7. Contact information 8. Companies 9. Groups. You can also include projects and publications where you deem fit.
- GPA, to use or not to use: A poor GPA can turn a potential employer away but a good GPA can be beneficial. Our rule of thumb is DO NOT include your GPA unless it is above a 3.5. If an employer decides GPA is a deciding factor in hiring a candidate, they will ask for it. Don’t give them a reason to walk away before you have a chance to interview.
A well-crafted and error free LinkedIn profile can be advantageous during the job search process for both candidate and employer. Do yourself a favor and methodically create a profile that highlights all your strengths as a potential employee.