Tristan Layfield discusses how recruiters find you on LinkedIn. We’re told that recruiters and hiring managers can find you on the platform, but we are never really told HOW they find you. Tristan lays out several ways on this episode – listen to the full show to hear all six!
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Tristan: What’s going on, Living Corporate? It’s Tristan, and I want to thank you for tapping back in with me as I provide some tips and advice for professionals. Today, let’s discuss how recruiters find you on LinkedIn. When most of us found out about LinkedIn, we were told that recruiters and hiring managers could find you on the platform, but we are never really told HOW they find you. Yes, obviously, they do a search, but there are a few ways they can narrow down their search. The first filter option they have is job titles. They can actually search for titles you’ve held to find you. Since many companies have gotten creative with job titles, LinkedIn would be a great place to “normalize” your title to ensure you can be found. Then they can search for candidates by geographical location so make sure you keep your location updated on your profile. From there, they can search for companies that you’ve worked at, the industries you’ve worked in, and the schools you’ve attended. I think each of these is pretty self-explanatory. Just make sure you are selecting the actual company or university pages when filling out your profile. Next, they can search by year of graduation by inserting a year range. This is my least favorite filter because we know age discrimination can run rampant. Nonetheless, sometimes entry-level roles will look for new or recent grads, and more senior-level roles may look for someone who graduated 10+ years ago. So you might want to consider adding the year you graduated to your profile. They can also search by employment type you may be open to. This is determined by what you fill out in the Open to Work section of your profile. Lastly, they can search for skills and keywords in your profile. This allows recruiters and hiring managers to narrow down their searches for their particular needs. It’s essential that you actually have job descriptions for your roles and the right keywords infused throughout them. You also need to ensure the skills section of your profile is filled out as well. You can indeed be found by recruiters and hiring managers on LinkedIn, but only if you fill your profile out well! Thanks for tapping in with me today! Don’t forget; I’m now taking submissions from you all on career questions, issues, concerns, or advice you think may help others! So make sure to submit yours at bit.ly/tapintristan. This tip is brought to you by Tristan of Layfield Resume Consulting. Check us out on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @layfieldresume or connect with me, Tristan Layfield, on LinkedIn.