In today's digital age, there's no denying LinkedIn's position as an essential platform for professionals seeking new job opportunities. With millions of users and an array of powerful features, LinkedIn offers unique tools to optimise your profile and increase your chances of getting hired. In this article, we will focus on two main areas for candidates: utilizing LinkedIn's 'Resume Builder' tool to quickly create a compelling CV and leveraging its 'AI for Hiring Managers' to efficiently craft cover letters. Additionally, we will explore the advantages of involving recruiters in your job search process.
The LinkedIn Resume Builder function is an invaluable tool, allowing any user to transform their LinkedIn profile into a professional and comprehensive resume in just a few minutes. So, even if you're "not really looking", this is a useful one to be aware of should something of interest pop up! This free built-in platform tool includes:
Writing cover letters can be a time-consuming and daunting task, whether you are in the market for a new role or even just thinking of making a move. Enter LinkedIn's new AI tool for Hiring Managers. This quick inbuilt bot simplifies the process of pulling together a well-positioned, concise and engaging draft by offering personalised suggestions and templates which are quick to use. Here's how:
Despite the ease and ability to leverage LinkedIn's built-in tools, it would be remiss of me not to mention the value of involving an expert in your job search to offer support where you may not know you need it. There are a couple of key aspects to partnering with a recruitment consultant to take all this pain, properly, away. Including things like:
Recruiters are professional job opportunity filterers, using an extensive selection of niche keywords, platforms and additional tools not accessible to the everyday person to match a profile and experience with the most suitable positions. This not only saves you the time and effort of searching for vacancies on your own but helps make sure you're actually applying for the right ones, too.
Recruiters have an extensive network of contacts built through years of focussed outreach and relationship building. This boosts the opportunity to reach potential employers and ensures a warm introduction to any potential hiring managers that may not be otherwise accessible. All recruiters should be readily available on LinkedIn, so if in doubt, connect. You never know when it may come in handy.
Using a consultant batting for you means bespoke guidance throughout the entire hiring process and provides invaluable insights and advice, without any of the admin, through the process. Their expertise can help you navigate interviews, negotiate salaries, and ensure a smoother transition into your new role once you get there, too.
Recruiters often have access to job openings that are not publicly advertised. This gives you an advantage by exposing you to a wider range of job opportunities, and ensuring you are put up for something you are best fitted to based on your requirements.
An industry and role-specific recruiter is well-versed in matching the right expertise, skills and qualifications with the right job opportunities, further increasing your chances of success.
When working with a talent agent, your profile remains in their job search database for as long as you allow. This means that even if you are not selected for a specific role, they can consider you for future opportunities that are relevant, and put you in for them as soon as possible.
There's no denying these tools are useful ones to add to your belt whether you're actively hunting, are just keen to remain aware, are worried about a market downturn or are ready for a new opportunity, location or something else.
No matter the situation, ensuring your LinkedIn profile is up to date is crucial so you can be ready to kick into a successful job search. Utilising free tools like LinkedIn Resume Builder to create a quick impressive CV and the AI for Hiring Managers to help efficiently draft a tailored cover letter. Whether you fancy it or not, connecting with a recruiter in your market could also help find jobs you might not know you want, as well as other advantages and exclusive opportunities.
If you're interested in finding out more about how our team can help you with your job search, or fancy a fee chat to discuss the best use of LinkedIn to get the most out of your network in the current market, then please get in touch! Find me on LinkedIn, here, or drop me an email at Sophie.Waite@charltonmorris.com.
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