I've been out of the job market for 10 years. LinkedIn® is new to me. Who uses LinkedIn® and how important is LinkedIn® to my job search?
LinkedIn® is designed to connect job seekers with recruiters and hiring managers. Using LinkedIn® should be an essential part of your job search. With more than half a billion registered members worldwide, LinkedIn® is the most powerful professional networking platform on the planet!
The site's About Us page reports there are:
>590 million registered LinkedIn® members globally.
>154 million members in the USA.
>30 million companies represented on LinkedIn®
>20 million openings posted on LinkedInJobs®.
In 2017, 92% of recruiters surveyed sourced candidates through LinkedIn®.
Approximately 93% of hiring managers read LinkedIn® and other social media profiles to screen candidates with 92% reporting that they have hired new employees who applied through LinkedInJobs®.
Employees hired through LinkedIn® are 40% less likely to leave the company within the first 6 months.
Should I copy-and-paste my resume into LinkedIn®?
No. Your LinkedIn profile has a much different writing strategy from a resume or CV. It is written as a first-person narrative that delivers your value proposition statement and career highlights in a more conversational tone of voice. Think of your LinkedIn® profile summary as a hybrid elevator pitch and letter of introduction.
At Written by a Pro, we offer LinkedIn® profile editorial reviews and complete LinkedIn® writing services. During the month of January 2019, we offer open phone hours every Monday through Thursday between 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm Eastern to answer customer inquiries about our services on a first-come-first-served basis. Call 912-656-6857. If you prefer to schedule an appointment for a specific date and time, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
(2) Jobvite 2018 Recruiter Nation Survey
(3) Career Thought Leaders 2017 Hiring Trends Report
Sharla Taylor is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW), Certified Career Enlightenment LinkedIn Writer (CCELW), experienced job search strategist, and published author. Sharla is the owner of Written by a Pro, a freelance writing and editing service. She approaches her business from a Christian perspective. Her favorite Scripture is Matthew 19:26 "with God all things are possible."
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