LinkedIn can be an extremely useful tool for you when you're looking for new employment.
One of the most common problems we hear from jobseekers on Aviation Job Search, is that there's just not enough room on your resume to include everywhere you've worked, the qualifications you have gained and a little about yourself too.
In recent years, it has become common for jobseekers to include a link to their LinkedIn profile on their resume, so that employers can go and find out far more about their professional background. What is included in your personal profile could be the difference between you getting an interview or not.
Whether you use LinkedIn daily or you're just setting up your profile, be sure to follow our 5 top tips on how to optimize your personal profile and to aid you in landing that dream new role in aviation:
1. Create your very own profile URL
When you first set up your LinkedIn profile, you will have an automatically generated URL, which often looks sloppy and unprofessional on a resume as it is made up of random characters and cannot be memorised easily.
For no cost to you, you can change your URL in a few seconds.Click on the link provided here and click on the right hand side, where it says 'Customize your public profile URL'.
We'd recommend changing it to something along the lines of www.linkedin.com/in/aviationjobsearchusa/ like ours.
2. Write a knock-out LinkedIn summary
Your summary is highly important as it's the first impression a potential employer may have of you. Write a concise & professional personal summary until you are 100% happy with it and are confident it has no grammatical or spelling errors. Be sure to include a bit about your current position and responsibilities, briefly what you were doing before and also include, in bullet point format if necessary, a section on your education and qualifications. Try to use as many of the 2,000 character allowance as possible and to make it easily readable and visually appealing, break it up with suitable punctuation and line breaks between paragraphs.
3. Include samples of your best work
LinkedIn now allow you to upload work samples in photo, video or document format. Not only is this your chance to show off some of the great work you have been responsible for or helped towards, uploading more materials will further optimize your profile too and make it easier for recruiters to find you organically. You can do this via the Edit Profile page and can add a description to each sample you upload. Remember, a picture is worth a thousand words.
4. Get recommended!
If a colleague has told you you've done a great job on a project, don't be afraid to ask for a recommendation. Select Privacy and Settings on your profile and then click 'Manage your recommendations,' this is where you can ask for recommendations from business associates or colleagues you 're connected with.
Not only are recommendations treated now as virtual references, they carry a lot of weight and can really emphasize to future employers exactly how valuable you've been in any previous employment. Of course, be sure to give recommendations to fellow colleagues or connections when you feel they deserve them too.
5. Get endorsed and endorse others
Don't simply endorse everyone for everything. Think about what in particular your colleagues have a good working knowledge of, whether it's mechanics or revenue analysis and endorse them for that particular skill or knowledge set. Generally you will be reciprocated for this too and can grow your skills and endorsements section.
A jobseekers with a high level of recommendations shows that they have a lot of business connections and can be vouched for being knowledgeable in certain fields, this goes a long way to backing up claims on your resume or in your personal summary.
We hope you've found this information useful and go on to implement our top 6 tips. They may just get you that step closer to getting that all important interview!
But first, remember to browse for aviation roles you're interested in here.
Article by Carla Wye