Answered by Elizabeth, Hiring Expert at HCA Healthcare, on Monday, February 17, 2014
This depends a bit on what industry you are targeting, but look at some of the job descriptions that you are interested in, and think about how you can get some of the key words into your profile. It is like an online resume, so often recruiters are searching profiles according to keywords.
When thinking about the best point of contact to make within organizations thorugh LinkedIn, I actually recommend peer-to-peer networking. Recruiters get a lot of requests and tend to have to filter accordingly. If you look at what professional associates you might join in LinkedIn that relate to your targeted field, it can be easier to identify contacts, and then Link with individuals who are in the jobs you would like to pursue. You can get their insights about how they landed their job and get recommendations about how you might market yourself for similiar opportunities. And who knows, if you make a good impression, they might be willing to share your resume with hiring managers.