By Alison Doyle, About.com Guide
Alison recently asked a question on LinkedIn about online recruiting and the best strategies hiring managers and recruiters use to find candidates. Granted, I was asking a captive audience, but every respondent suggested that LinkedIn was an excellent tool for finding candidates and a good resource for finding jobs, as well.
The Importance of Your LinkedIn Profile
One of the most important parts of LinkedIn is your profile. That’s what you use to connect with people in your network and your profile is how you get found on LinkedIn by potential employers. In addition, your LinkedIn profile can increase your visibility online and help you build your professional brand. For example, my LinkedIn profile is currently #3 on Google when you search for Alison Doyle. That means anyone looking for information about me will find everything they need to know at a glance – my skills, my employment information, my recommendations, etc.
That’s why it’s important to make sure that your LinkedIn profile is complete and detailed. In fact, you can consider your LinkedIn profile your online resume. It should have the same information that is on your resume and, if you’re looking for a new job, you will want prospective employers to be able to review your credentials for employment, including your qualifications, your experience, and your skills.