Recruitment Consultants often search the LinkedIn database for candidates that have specific qualifications and/or key words in their LinkedIn Profile.
After searching these recruiters are given "search results" that include a Profile view for each candidate and as a job seeker, you ideally want to consistently show up in search results for candidates with your set of qualifications, and rank higher than other candidates. This is frequently called LinkedIn SEO, or improving your LinkedIn search ranking.
And, you want to stand out from the other candidates and be incredibly interesting to recruiters so that they click on your Profile snapshot to learn more about you and, eventually, to get to your full Profile information.
How does LinkedIn "sourcing" work? How do recruiters search the database?
To understand the LinkedIn sourcing, search results concept; think about how you search online job boards for job postings. You go to a website Seek, Indeed, etc.), you enter your keywords, you might also click on an industry or job function from a drop down box, and you then get presented with job listings.
Do you click on all of them? Probably not. Instead, you only click on those that catch your eye and are most relevant. You would probably pay more attention to the listings on the first few pages, and may not even consider the ones on pages 3, 4, 5, etc.
Recruiters search the LinkedIn database in a few different ways.
For example, some of them use the free, "Advanced People Search" function available to all LinkedIn members. Some search members and activities within specific LinkedIn Groups.
Others use LinkedIn's paid service and this provides much better search functionality. And you can also find candidates in LinkedIn using a Google site search of LinkedIn.
Additionally, similar to the way job seekers sign up for "job alerts" to get notified via email whenever a new job gets posted that meets a certain set of criteria, recruiters can also sign up for candidate alerts to proactively notify them of new candidates who fit their requirements.
How can you optimize your LinkedIn Profile to fit in with this?
There are lots of things you can do to optimize your Profile. You want to help ensure that you show up in the appropriate search results, show up higher than other candidates (LinkedIn SEO), and you want to stand out among the search results.
You want recruitment consultants to see your Profile snapshot and think, "Wow, there’s the perfect candidate," and then click to view your full Profile information.
Consider these tips:
By following these tips, you increase the likelihood that you will show up positively in the search results, when recruiters are sourcing candidates that match your set of qualifications, education and experiences. I also recommend that job seekers learn more about the LinkedIn Recruiter software and how it’s used. Knowledge is power!
I love my job – helping link talent to opportunity is very fulfilling and I love it when candidates take the time to read my advertisements and respond in the right way. There is nothing like flicking into a cover letter or a resume and seeing that someone has read the ad, thought about it and is really interested in the position. A well written, spell checked resume that ticks all of the boxes is a joyful thing and so is a cover letter that addresses the key criteria. You could almost say as a recruiter you get an adrenalin rush and you want to jump on the phone and interview them immediately! And I don't mind if you address the criteria in your personal statement at the beginning of your resume - that makes sense to me too.
However, I have spent the majority of today working my way through resumes and I have been left feeling very deflated – again.
I advertised a bookkeeper/administration role at the beginning of this week and I have received over 120 applicants. Now you would think that it should be an easy job to find at least a shortlist of three people from within that pool – how wrong could I be? The ad was succinct – it clearly spelled out what I was looking for, the client was thrilled with how it represented the role and showcased their business.
I have read every single cover letter and resume and here are some of the reasons the candidates were screened out:
Now you could say that I am being narrow minded but as a recruiter I am willing and able to think outside of the square and I still read every application. If you are genuinely interested but don’t quite match the criteria a cover letter explaining who you are and what you could bring to the role will definitely make me consider you.
You may not think it but I genuinely want you to get a job. For the majority of the applicants and in this case it was 114 of them – you did nothing to inspire me to want to engage with you – you didn’t care enough to read the ad properly and you didn’t care enough to respond in the correct way.
As an individual and a recruiter I truly feel that respect is a key component in the process – I respect you as a candidate and in return I expect you to respect me – take care to read the ad and reply appropriately – otherwise we all waste our time and energy. Target the right job, not just any job and in the right way and you will at least get an interview.