Nowadays, there is a huge demand for IT professionals, and if you are not getting at least five job offers a day, it means your LinkedIn profile is not doing its job.
Our mission is to help you build your CV and get the most out of it, so stay with us to know how to enhance your LinkedIn profile as an IT professional, at the same time you keep it consistent with your CV.
It’s all about keywords – Hacking the research algorithm
When recruiters are looking for a candidate, they filter profiles through job title, location, skills, education, and other topics.
That’s why getting picked by the research algorithm and getting your keywords in place is your priority – your name needs to show up at the recruiters’ search.
Source – https://www.socialtalent.com/blog/recruitment/the-2016-linkedin-updates-every-recruiter-needs-to-know
Take a look at the following steps to find out how to enhance your chances to be matched with the profile they are looking for.
1. Add a killer headline and job titles
Your headline and job titles are one of the most important aspects of your profile in LinkedIn. Some key notes:
– Add a technology you are a specialist at;
– Add your desired future job title: Devops or Full stack are with high demand nowadays, so if you would like to work in one of these positions, you definitely need to add these keywords to your job title;
– If you work or want to work in a niche technology, like Power BI, it is also a good idea to include it. On the other hand, if you work on a technology only used by one company, skip that on the job title.
– Add your level of seniority, like Senior Java Programmer, Experienced Angular Developer, etc.
– Apply these principals to all the job titles of your professional experience.
2. Add a Skills section
Your set of skills is crucial to match the selections. You can add up to 50 skills – it is important to include all the technologies you have been working on.
Unfortunately, there is no way to import it in a bulk, so just add one by one. The effort will certainly pay off and Sprint CV can be a great help since you already have there the summary of your technologies and IT skills.
3. Write your summary
After you turned your profile visible, set your job title and skill, it’s time to convince the recruiters that come to your profile. You should add a summary that includes your professional experience and also aspects of your life that are not so tangible, like your soft skills.
“A versatile, analytical and hard-working IT consultant, with a practical “get the things done” approach, who always perseveres to achieve the best results. Passionate about the automation of IT processes.”
4. Enrich each professional experience
After you get the recruiters attention, you should feed his interest with detailed explanation of your professional experience. We recommend describing each professional experience in four blocks: achievements on the project, what was the project about, your responsibilities and the technologies used.
Try to to mimic your CV on your LinkedIn profile, consistency is key to create trust. Nothing easier than copy paste from your CV.
Here is a good example from the Europass CV generated by Sprint CV.
The end result on LinkedIn will be like this.
5. Don’t forget the basics on your LinkedIn profile
Having your profile complete is mandatory. After telling all about your professional experience, it is time to guarantee that the essentials are there.
a) Make sure you are visible on LinkedIn – Thanks to GDPR, you are now forced to enable your profile visibility – just go to Settings to enable this option.
b) Customize your public profile URL – It is essential that you have a customized URL to share with other people. It will give you more credibility and professionalism, so make sure it connects to your name or professional brand.
You can change your public profile URL by clicking on the Me icon at the top of your LinkedIn homepage. Then click on View profile > Edit public profile & URL (on your profile page, right rail) > Edit URL
c) Add your contact information – You should make sure that recruiters can contact you easily. Add your email, phone number (optional), website and relevant social media platforms.
d) Add your photo – You may be uncomfortable with this but remember that your profile should be as complete as possible. Add a photo or an avatar, if needed. Just make sure the photo is a professional pose.
Bonus tip – Share your CV generated on Sprint CV
When contacted by a recruiter you will be asked to share your CV up-to-date. And we all know how boring it is to update the CV! With Sprint CV you can easily describe and manage all your professional experience, and in seconds generate your updated CV in any template available, like Europass optimized for the IT industry, a specific IT company’s template or even a template used by the European Commission – DIGIT-TM.
We wish you a lot of job offers!