How to Give — and Receive — LinkedIn Recommendations

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With all the changes to LinkedIn, one thing that never goes out of style is having people say nice things about you on your LinkedIn profile — even if LinkedIn puts different emphasis on the role of Recommendations in the profile. For recruiters and hiring managers who take the time to read them, great Recommendations can be the difference in getting the job offer. So don’t miss out on any opportunity to “get yours.”

LinkedIn Recommendations are a natural evolution of references and letters of recommendation. However, they often are more credible than these traditional documents, because it is harder to fake a Recommendation on LinkedIn than it is to forge a letter. Since many companies are restricting reference checks to verification of title and dates of employment, a LinkedIn Recommendation from a supervisor — and/or coworkers — does carry some weight.

LinkedIn has been described as a “reputation engine.” That’s an apt description, because your reputation does precede you online — not just in your work history, but also in your LinkedIn Recommendations. At JobSearchSuperhero.com we recommend that our clients also utilize the web scraping software known as BrandYourself. This software is priced reasonably, you can pay about $35 quarterly, although this figure could have slightly changed, to more easily scan for any negative posts online.

Remember that someone looking at your Recommendations wants to know two things:

  • What are you like?
  • Are you good at what you do?

LinkedIn used to require a minimum for three Recommendations for your profile to be considered “complete,” but that is no longer part of the profile strength measurement system. However, according to LinkedIn, “Users with Recommendations in their profiles are three times more likely to receive relevant offers and inquiries through searches on LinkedIn.”

In addition, you can enhance your own reputation by providing Recommendations, because people viewing your profile can see (and read) the Recommendations you make. People can see the Recommendations you’ve received (click on “Received”) as well as the Recommendations you’ve given (click on “Given”).

Recommendations can also provide Search Engine Optimization (SEO) results — meaning, they will help you get found — both on LinkedIn as well as on search engines. Use industry-specific terminology in your Recommendations. Keywords included in LinkedIn Recommendations also receive emphasis in search engine results — especially searches within LinkedIn. When conducting a keyword search, all the keywords in a profile are indexed, and profiles with a high match of relevant keywords come up higher in the results listings. Although LinkedIn’s specific algorithms are secret, some experts suggest that keywords in Recommendations receive double the rankings of keywords provided in the profile itself.

How many Recommendations you should have on your profile depends on how many contacts you have. A good guideline is 1-2 Recommendations for every 50 connections. Ideally, these will be a variety of individuals — not just supervisors, but co-workers, people you supervise, and clients/customers. Choose quality over quantity.

Recommendations should be built up over time. Because Recommendations have a date attached to them, don’t try to solicit all of your Recommendations at once. Don’t write and send your Recommendations all at once either. Recommendations are date-stamped, so the reader will be able to see when they were added to your page. It’s best if they are added gradually, over time.

Follow us here or on our main JobSearchSuperhero blog, and we’ll start with what to write in a Recommendation you give, and then show you how to actually make a Recommendation on LinkedIn. Finally, you’ll learn how to request your own Recommendations on LinkedIn. In the next post we will show you the actual formula for writing a good LinkedIn Recommendation, but here is a preview below.

Formula for Writing a LinkedIn Recommendation

Before you write anything, take a look at your contact’s LinkedIn profile. Align your Recommendation with the individual’s LinkedIn profile. Tie in what you write with their LinkedIn Headline, Summary, and/or experience — reinforce the qualities they want to emphasize in the Recommendation you write. Look at the existing Recommendations they’ve received too.

Some things to consider include:

  • What are they good at?
  • What did they do better than anyone else?
  • What impact did they have on me? (How did they make my life better/easier?)
  • What made them stand out?
  • Is there a specific result they delivered in this position?
  • What surprised you about the individual?

Choose the qualities you want to emphasize in the person you are recommending. You may choose to use what author and speaker Lisa B. Marshall calls “The Rule of Threes.” Simply stated, concepts or ideas presented in groups of three are more interesting, more enjoyable, and more memorable. (See how that works?)

In general, you will want to showcase transferable skills, because these will be the most relevant for your contacts when they are using LinkedIn for a job search or business development.

The top 10 skills employers are looking for in employees are:

  • Communication Skills (verbal and written)
  • Integrity and Honesty
  • Teamwork Skills (works well with others)
  • Interpersonal Skills (relates well to others)
  • Motivation/Initiative
  • Strong Work Ethic
  • Analytical Skills
  • Flexibility and Adaptability
  • Computer Skills
  • Organizational Skills

Stay tuned to our blog and our social profiles as we will be adding more #JobSearchSuperhero #CareerTips and resources frequently.

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LinkedIn Endorsements Re-Ordering To Help You Land Your Dream Job

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Many times people ask about LinkedIn Endorsements and what value they hold if any at all.  Well, they are not like a recommendation in that a colleague actually recommends you for direct work that they have witnessed.

The basic purpose that the endorsements section serves is for listing your current and past skills from your entire career, and to use searchable keywords for a recruiter or hiring manager to find.  Here is tip not many know about on how to structure your skills when you are creating the profile so that your connections will actually endorse you for the skills you need endorsements for to land that new job role you’re after.

This is especially true if you are seeking a career change to an entirely different industry than most of your experience has been in. Say you were in transportation and now have some experience in Social Media or Mobile App Development and you’d like to pursue that dream job.  The key here is to move your skills from previous job roles to the bottom and leave the ones you want endorsements for towards the top.  Humans tend to be lazy and we usually go for the easiest option.  LinkedIn must know that because they make it easy for you to give your connections endorsements on their skills.  To help promote endorsements LinkedIn automatically populates the endorsement section of a connection with their top skills and shows them to you in a pop-up when you are on the site.  It’s easy right?  We see the built-in endorsements, we click and our connection is endorsed.  So remember to re-order your skills and place the skills that most match your NEW target job at the very top of your skills section.  This will go a long way in getting the right skills keywords to be found in an online search for talent by a recruiter or hiring manager so you get the call for the interview.

Best of luck in your job search!

Mill Montejo

 

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Don’t forget to set your setting to not report your activity while you are editing your profile.

Tools For Searching Jobs For The Anonymous Job Seeker

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Tools For Conducting Anonymous & Confidential Job Searches

Not every resume client that calls on us is unemployed. In fact many that are seeking new resumes and LinkedIn profiles are still currently employed. We should all be able to search for and seek out new opportunities that will benefit us and our families without fear of retribution. But in this fiercely competitive and sluggish job market fear reigns supreme. We’d like to share some free useful tools for job seekers to use on confidential job searches. Do you know of any others?  Well share a brief list below or you can click on the image below which takes you to the original list on list.ly.

We'd like to share some free useful tools for job seekers to use on confidential job searches.

Not every resume client that calls on us is already unemployed. In fact many that are seeking new resumes and LinkedIn profiles are still currently employed. We should all be able to search for and seek out new opportunities that will benefit us and our families without fear of retribution. But in this fiercely competitive and sluggish job market fear reigns supreme.

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  1. redditors for hire (Used by Mostly Millenials)

    reddit: the front page of the internet. how reddit works

    “redditors vote on which stories and discussions are important. the hottest stories rise to the top, while cooler stories sink.”

    Just like there are hidden jobs to be found via Twitter, Redditors are finding ways to discuss jobs and finding jobs.

  2. jobbit: jobs for redditors

    jobbit: jobs for redditors

    reddit: the front page of the internet,

    Post an anonymous FOR HIRE on reddit to fish for interested employers. This way you can conduct your job search more privately.

  3. LinkedIn

    LinkedIn

    While some may think that your information is out there for the world to see on LinkedIn that is incorrect. You can go into settings and hide your activity broadcasts this way no one will see that you are making changes and updates to your profile. You can make your photo private and visible only to your connections. While you might be limited in what you can discuss in groups in your industry because others related to your current business may see it. But you can and should still discuss industry standards whatever they may be in groups before you need a network. Network and make yourself stand out as a thought leader before you need it.

  4. freelance

    freelance

    reddit: the front page of the internet

    Freelance work via Reddit.

  5. TwitJobSearch.com - A Job Search Engine for Twitter.

    TwitJobSearch.com – A Job Search Engine for Twitter.

    TwitJobSearch.com – the world’s first job search engine to harness the power of Twitter. Search the hottest, most recent best paid jobs in the entire Twitterverse. You can search privately via Twitter and possibly even tweet from a generic job seeker accout like @JohnDoeWorks or something catchy.

    ““We need to give the best support we can to help students have something lined up for when they graduate, and to help those that are out of work to compete for the jobs that are available.” – Charlie Ball, Research Director at the Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU)

    TwitJobSearch, the first real-time job search engine, is excited to be working with the UK’s official graduate careers website, Graduate Prospects.”

  6. Job Search | one search. all jobs. Indeed.com

    Job Search | one search. all jobs. Indeed.com

    Click here to find millions of jobs from thousands of company web sites, job boards and newspapers. one search. all jobs. Indeed.

    While I wouldn’t necessarily post a public resume on Indeed even if there is a private posting option. It is still a great aggregating website that in essence pulls in from all other job advertisements on the web. You can go to industry career website for a more in depth look, but for a significant online curation of most of the job ads out there, I would suggest using Indeed and setting up weekly digest email alerts. This is not meant to have you sending out 300 resumes. But to identify where there might be a few advertised openings. If it’s a company you want to work for then contact us at www.HelpWriteResume.com for further tips on how to reach the decision makers at that specific company. You need to be able to cut ahead in front of the line a bit with an advertised job.

  7. Create Job Alert | Jobfox

    Create Job Alert | Jobfox

    Rather than searching one website, Jobfox will bring you the newest and most relevant jobs matching YOUR criteria from over 50 major job sites.
    They do a pretty good job of matching you up with companies and show you all their information so you can thoroughly research them, before they can research you.

  8. Job Search Engine | Jobs Direct from Companies | LinkUp.com

    Job Search Engine | Jobs Direct from Companies | LinkUp.com

    Start your job search on one of the purest job search engines on the web. Find and apply to job openings found directly on company websites. Free and no registration required. They crawl company websites and find all company advertised jobs and aggregate them for you in one place.

  9. Glassdoor - an inside look at jobs & companies

    Glassdoor – an inside look at jobs & companies

    Search jobs then look inside. Company salaries, reviews, interview questions, and more – all posted anonymously by employees and job seekers. When you want to research and search for a new opportunity anonymously, Glassdoor is a great resource.

  10. JibberJobber :: Login

    JibberJobber :: Login

    JibberJobber: A tool for job seekers, job hunters, recruiters and headhunters to organize the job hunt and manage a professional network. It’s been called job searching on steroids. It’s really a good organizer and motivator for the unemployed and under-motivated. It helps keep your job search organized. But you still need to make the contacts and meet the people in real life to get the job. So get busy my friends!

    There are of course the original job search sites (Monster, Careerbuilder, Dice, HotJobs, even Craigslist if you’re extra careful for scammers)you can utilize in a stealth way too.  Follow our blog at http://www.BestDigitalResumes.com and sign up for the free eBook for more up to the minute job search tips from Mill’s resources at The National Resume Writers Association.  Or call us at 973-341-3479 for a free resume and/or LinkedIn profile critique.

    For the complete updated list click on the image above to go to List.ly

 

 

 

The Most Important Sections In Your Resume

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The 6 Most Important Sections in Your Resume

For those of you out of work out there you may be wondering how best to frame or write your résumé to highlight the most important parts of your career.  If you’re a 40-something out of work in this job market you may be growing discouraged at the many resumes you send out and hear nothing back.  By reading this you’re on the right track to help yourself so chin up!

By educating yourself online with reliable market information and new digital tactics you increase your chances of being found online, and being called for the interview.  Besides the daily recruitment of candidates that is done online by recruiters, which will lead them to your LinkedIn profile or other bios you may have set up through the years; you must be ready with a compelling resume when you do get the call.  If it’s a professionally written resume that’s even better, as industry professionals stay abreast of best practices when it comes to recruiting, hiring, and selling yourself.  Whether you decide to use a professional resume writing agency like www.ResumeFound.com or you do it yourself with online resume builders or templates, you should follow the following rules to keep your audience’s attention.

There is recent research that has found that recruiters and hiring managers while scanning and skimming through tons of resumes follow a consistent visual path.  (see image) The same applies when they review your online profiles.  So sticking to an organized layout is critical. *“Because professionally written resumes have a clear visual hierarchy and present relevant information where recruiters expect it, these documents quickly guide recruiters to a yes/no decision.” *http://cdn.theladders.net/static/images/basicSite/pdfs/TheLadders-EyeTracking-StudyC2.pdf

 

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The study also found that professionally written resumes scored better in terms of organization and visual hierarchy, as measured by ground breaking eye-tracking technology.  Professional resumes that had less data, and were evenly formatted were described as being much “clearer/cleaner to read.”

The study showed that recruiters spent almost 80% of their résumé review time on the following data points: (1) job titles, 2) companies you worked at, 3) start/end dates and 4) education (5) accomplishments quantified at top (6) keywords to match the open position.  Anything else is filler and likely has little impact on the first round of decision-making done at the recruiter level these days.

Therefore we recommend that while building your résumé you concentrate on an organized layout with a strong visual hierarchy; make sure online profiles are easy-to-read without too many distracting visuals.

Here’s a free resume builder for those that cannot afford the professional help.  Sometimes you have to quantify even that.  “Is it worth it to spend $300-600 on a professional resume writers fee if I get hired faster at my $45,000 a year salary?”  The longer you stay out of work the harder it is to find work and you are losing about $900 or so a week.  Just something else to consider.  Best of luck to all in your job searches!   http://buildmyresumefree.com/

For individualized resume help reach out to us on either:

www.resumefound.com or www.thetalentmill.com

It’s Not Your Grandfather’s Job Market Anymore

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In today’s digital age it’s becoming more and more evident that some jobs we used to count on will not be returning to our shores anytime soon.  From the recruiters in India that are outsourced by many companies, to computer programmers; corporations in a global economy will bring their business needs across the globe to become more efficient and see cost savings.

Some of the laid off 40-60 somethings will have to face the fact that they need to reinvent themselves or become stay at home engineers.  But you must not waste time worrying and becoming depressed over the pretty pickle we’ve put ourselves in as a country.  Instead adapt, re-learn, survive!  You must build a brand that can easily show business entities that can pay you for your services, that you are, and how you are different from everyone else.  There is no shame in working as a consultant from your home office until conditions improve or the dust settles.  But you must be ready to still put in the 8 hours a day sometimes more if you can; yet still balance your life with pleasure and family time.  You must also be ready and prepared to keep learning and educating yourself to new technologies and how they affect your field, or a new field you might be considering.

First course of action is to create yourself a personalized list of 25-50 companies that you would consider working for.  Your goal should be to form 2 real live relationships with 2 people within that company and network your butt off.  The purpose of this so if a job you are interested opens up that person can refer you in.  This is realistically the most rock solid way of getting on the hiring short list.  Most human resources personnel and recruiters can see up to 800 resumes for one open position these days.  That’s where our next article comes in on Thursday.  Getting past the (ATS) Applicant Tracking Systems by creating several keyword targeted resumes related to your ideal position.  This is one of the ways to ensure that the ATS spits out your name and credentials when queried by the recruiting professional.  For more on this sign up to our RSS feed or check back often for more tips.

Warm Regards & Luck In Your Job Search,

Mill Montejo
LinkedIn Optimization Specialist

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