Using statistics to put LinkedIn’s importance into perspective, apparently there are currently over 330 million estimated users, with two signing up every second! On top of that, 97% of recruiters use LinkedIn to search for candidates and 80% have filled a job through LinkedIn.  The platform is a powerful career search tool, and your profile is your online professional brand, but that doesn’t mean a once in a while profile update will have recruiters knocking on your door. Here are our professional CV writers top LinkedIn job hunt strategy tips:

The Headline

That’s the space just underneath your name and is a short, sharp representation of your ‘brand’, it’s the first thing users will see besides your name and photo, and will determine whether or not they will click through to your full profile. So it’s worth taking the time to put some thought into it.

Openly on the hunt or lurking?

If you are openly looking for a new role and your current employer knows, you can make that clear in your headline, if not, a punchy headline indicating who you are and what you do works well.

Follow the club

It’s a good idea to follow companies you would like to work for; it also helps keep you on top of announcements and vacancy listings.

Join Groups

Recruiters will regularly post job vacancies within LinkedIn groups – this is free advertising to the recruiter who has a captured, targeted audience. Join the right groups and the relevant job vacancies should come flooding in.

Expand your network

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Remember to add those old university classmates, colleagues and acquaintances, first degree contacts can exponentially increase your second and third degree network, and you never know who could be the key link to getting your next role. Also don’t be shy about asking your first-degree contacts to make an introduction if you and your target person have someone in common.

Hiring Managers and more

LinkedIn is a great tool to find names and details of hiring managers, as well as an excellent resource to do your homework, which could help find common ground to establish that important ‘connection’ at the interview stage.

Tap that network

Did you know that you can put a target company name in the advanced search function to see who in your network is connected to a particular firm? It’s not only a useful way to get an introduction, but an opportunity to actually get the inside scoop on what it’s like to work at a specific company, and ultimately decide whether you would both be a good cultural ‘fit’ for each other.

If you are already using LinkedIn as a part of your job search strategy that’s great, if not, we hope the advice from our professional CV writers will get you thinking, ensuring that you get the most out of the platform. Alternatively you could get one of the team to do the heavy lifting for you with a bespoke LinkedIn profile. With expertise across industries, as well as at all levels, from graduates to board level executives, our LinkedIn profile and CV writers are on top of the latest trends and developments in what remains a highly competitive recruitment environment. Here’s what some of our clients have to say about the winning results City CV has helped them secure. To find out more about our LinkedIn and CV writing services, give City CV a call on +44 20 7100 6656 or email enquiries@citycv.co.uk.

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