One of the most annoying things is when you work hard on your resume, send it with high expectations and yet do not get a callback. It is disheartening and negatively affects your morale. However, there are some changes that you can make to get HR Managers to not only notice you but also get back to you.
Get referred – Give HR Managers a relationship first. No one likes getting unsolicited messages from someone they don’t know on LinkedIn. So, use your first connection contacts to refer you to the HR Manager. At least you will get personal attention now and, you will have a much higher chance of a callback.
Give them enough reasons – You may think that it is a simple matter for the HR Manager to shortlist your name but the fact it that the HR Managers reputation is also on the line. Hence, you need to give them enough reasons about why you are a great catch. So, go ahead and add things like certifications, volunteering experiences, publications, projects and more on LinkedIn. Also, ask people to write recommendations for you as well on LinkedIn.
Appropriate usage of keywords – You need to optimize your LinkedIn profile. Add all the relevant keywords everywhere. This way you will become “searchable” on LinkedIn.
Be different – Everyone’s LinkedIn profile is more or less the same. So, how can you make yours stand out? First of all, add a great background picture. It should reflect your personality. Next, add videos and photos of you addressing seminars and so on. Thus, it will make your LinkedIn profile more you.
Cultural Matching – This is becoming quite the norm in the recruiting world. A Resume is not enough; the recruiters also check your social media accounts such as LinkedIn. This is done to see if you will fit into the culture of the company/organization they are hiring for. Hence, it is essential that you keep these profiles updated and relevant.