With everyone trying to get a leg up on the competition on LinkedIn – It has become more evident that multilingual Jobseekers are up and willing to do what it takes to grab a great language job for a hot shot employer. Now we know that there are numerous articles out there telling you just how your LinkedIn page should look, but trust me, as a multilingual recruiter you are going to want to keep reading.
I look at over 100 LinkedIn pages a day and I know exactly what I look for under the LinkedIn Headings supplied. Take some notes, you are going to want to – because I am about to give you a sneak peek into the recruiter’s handbook on finding GOLDEN TALENT.
Getting your LinkedIn Profile to Pop:
What have you got to hide?
Photo, photo, photo! Always have a photo to show you are a person! The odd time I have seen people treat LinkedIn like facebook and had a profile picture of a car... who are you? Optimus Prime?
It is important to have a face behind a profile, making sure your profile picture reflects the type of language job you want. For example, if you want to work for an insurance company with strict policies and a dress code. Don’t have a profile photo of you with a cocktail in your hand - you will not attract the right language job that you want. – A picture is worth 1000 words, what do you want yours to say?
Connections are important, as a multilingual recruiter it is important for me to see this number because it tells me that you are good at networking – especially if your connections have endorsed your relevant skills. This shows me that you didn’t just randomly friend someone, but that you know them and they know you enough to endorse your specific skills. Believe it or not the skills that others endorse for you tells us multilingual recruiters quite a bit as well – No one will put their name to something unless they believe it. So when I see you have a number of endorsements on certain skills – it gives me an indication on what your strengths and weaknesses are.
If you think about it – when we go looking for a movie or a book to read we hear a title and we immediately know if that will interest us or not – Just like your LinkedIn headline – us recruiters know if we are going to click on your profile depending on what we see, so make sure this is relevant and clear so that we can understand. Don’t forget keywords in there – because we use keywords to find you so why not make the search easier and your language job hunt shorter?
How do I know which keywords to use?
Well if you are one of the lucky ones and know what industry you wish to work in and where it is you want to work abroad - the best thing to do is to check out some language job descriptions online in that industry. It is fairly easy to spot the keywords they use. Once you have them, dot them around your linkedIn profile.
- If however you do not yet know what it is you would like to do - use keywords that would have been used in your previous experience, so when I am looking for certain skills I may very well find you.
In your summary this a great place to show off your personality, experience and where you see yourself in the future. So start off with a personal statement about yourself, your hobbies and then describe your current working experience. Using your current experience, you can also highlight what you could look for in a new role for the future. You don't want this to be too long and I would strongly recommend keeping it personal - don't have it too formal as this does not read well for recruiters. Add your Flair here - In LinkedIn there is very little space to personalise so your personal summary gives you that chance.
The skills that LinkedIn asks you to add need to be relevant to the skills you will need in the industry/language job that you want to work in. If you are working in ‘’Customer Service’’ – do not have a skill for ‘’loves to read’’. As said before read some language job specs, get a feel of what the employer is looking for, then start adding & getting endorsed.
Always have the highest level of Education on your LinkedIn profile – you spent a significant number of years studying – so why forget about it – show it proudly. Never forget to because some of the jobs we have, with certain employers, there are some hard requirements for certain education levels so put it in there and don’t let us scroll away with a possible language job opportunity.
Make yourself approachable – give an email or a phone number so that recruiters like me can get in touch with a great language job abroad- this is so important as it makes you more accessible.
Your experience is a great place to highlight all of the software applications you have used on a day to day basis. So make sure to add any particular experience you may have in this area for example SAP, this will make you easier to find through keywords for a recruiter. It also gives us an idea of what stage you at in your career – we can see the number of responsibilities and tasks you had on a daily basis, helping us narrow down our candidate search and calling you with a number of language jobs that will truly interest you.
Want some more help in your multilingual job search? I’d be happy to help.
All you need to do is register with us on Careertrotter or get in touch with me directly on firstname.lastname@example.org & lets see where we can get you going.