JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- See the perfect position pop up in your LinkedIn newsfeed or down the sidebar on the right of your profile? Before you click to apply you need to know exactly what the employer sees on the other side of your application; it may change how you go about job searching on LinkedIn.
"Each time someone applies to a position posted on LinkedIn the employer receives an e-mail notification. In each e-mail is a very brief snapshot of that candidate." said Jessica Holbrook Hernandez, an award-winning executive resume writer and president of Great Resumes Fast, based in suburban Jacksonville. "I've included exactly what an employer sees when you apply via LinkedIn below."
- The Candidate's Name
- The Headline beneath their Name
- Current Employment Job Title(s) – Titles only—no employment details
- Past Employment Job Titles – Titles only—no employment details
- Education – Interestingly enough, only the names of the colleges or Universities
- Recommendations (It specifically states how many people have recommended you but does not include recommendation details)
- Connections – Exactly how many connections you have.
- Contact information – E-mail address and phone number
- The LinkedIn application e-mail also includes the candidate's resume if they chose to apply with one or upload it.
The most eye-opening information about these e-mails employers receive are the brief details and exactly which information is provided—headlines, job titles, number of recommendations, and number of connections. It shows the brevity of the hiring manager's attention—and validates the "scanning" of information when one is initially deciding whether to investigate a candidate further.
"I can see employers weeding potential candidates out based on their headline and whether they've held similar positions (have relevant experience), if they have any recommendations or not, and whether they chose to upload a resume with their application," she said.
Given this information, here are recommendations for improving your visibility and chances for consideration when applying for a position via LinkedIn:
- Ensure your headline is optimized to the position you want. Use keywords and position titles in your headline. This is the FIRST thing the employer sees immediately beneath your name—and you want to make sure it shows an immediate match.
- Consider how you present your current employment. Position titles will weigh heavily in a decision maker's choice to view your profile and consider you as a candidate. Make sure you're using the most appropriate position titles.
- You NEED TO HAVE recommendations. Start asking colleagues, previous employers, or current clients to leave you a recommendation. Third-party validation of your work is influential in an employer's decision to connect.
- Read the position announcement CAREFULLY. If they request that a resume be uploaded with the application, do it. Reading—and following through with—the requests in the job ad will EXPONENTIALLY INCREASE your chances for consideration.
- Employers are getting only an abbreviated look at you. Name, headline, titles, education. Make the most of the space you're given.
- Make contact. Don't just click apply and see what happens; go a step further and reach out to the employer and share your interest in the role and why you think you're a good fit.
"Linked is a valuable tool for your job search; I encourage you to take the time to understand exactly what the employer sees when you apply and consider making adjustments to how you apply and follow up and those positions you apply to," she said.
About Jessica Holbrook Hernandez
Jessica Holbrook Hernandez is President and CEO of Great Resumes Fast, a top-rated, award-winning executive resume writing service for executives. A Certified Social Branding Analyst, executive resume writer, and former recruiter for Fortune 500 companies, Jessica and her team create expertly-targeted executive resumes and LinkedIn profiles for busy executives.
By staying at the forefront of current trends in personal branding, executive resume writing, and LinkedIn profile development, Jessica offers a true competitive advantage—more than 99% of her clients land job interviews within 60 days.
Jessica has been cited hundreds of times in major media outlets: The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Fast Company, and many others. Great Resumes Fast has received nearly a dozen awards for excellence, including five consecutive honors for Best Executive Resume Writing Service
Jessica Holbrook Hernandez
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