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Using LinkedIn to find a job? Here’s what recruiters look for

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If LinkedIn is part of your job search tool kit, there is no shortage of resources showing you how to leverage the site to build your network and learn more about your field. But how do you stand out to recruiters who also use LinkedIn?

Over at LifeHack, Sudy Bharadwaj—co-founder and CEO of Jackalope Jobs, a platform that helps job seekers find a job via their social networks—outlines four characteristics of a great LinkedIn profile that recruiters look for. Here are a few that stood out to us:

Complete profile

A complete profile is such an important factor—it’s how you can show recruiters who you really are to the full extent. Apart from the obvious profile additions such as job history, consider creating a biography that tells the story of you as a professional, and lists some goals you’d like to achieve. This can be a great first impression for a recruiter, especially if you don’t have a relationship with them.

Quick tip: A profile with a targeted headline not only shows that you’re job searching, it helps you to stand out in a keyword search. For instance, a headline that reads something like, “Experienced Advertising Account Executive Seeking Employment in NYC” contains the valuable keywords recruiters are looking for.


A thumbs-up from a member of your network does more than boost your profile; it lets a recruiter know that others can vouch for you. After all, referrals are one of the number one sources of hire. When you have enough recommendations in your LinkedIn profile, a recruiter may be curious enough to consider you as a candidate.

Quick tip: When asking for a recommendation, try to suggest specific events or instances that show why you’re a candidate of value. For example: if you helped your team to acquire 10 new clients over the course of the year, ask a member of your network to note this.

Read the rest of his advice on LifeHack.

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