/ Asked by Jonathan
I've just begun utilizing LinkedIn as a tool to expand my network. What can I do to make my profile more appealing/unique to recruiters? Is it inappropriate to send connection requests to recruiters?
Answered by Ellen, Hiring Expert at Hospira, on Tuesday, February 11, 2014
I have found having endorsements is so helpful.  Also, put your picture up on LinkedIn and begin to get connected. You will find this social media to be very helpful in networking and learning news things. 
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, February 12, 2014
It's great that you've joined LinkedIn; it's a great tool to network, learn about companies, and to also learn about open positions within a field of interest to you. I would start by making sure you have a professional photo attached to your personal profile. I would also recommend adding your education level and any work experience you’ve had, especially those that relate to the field you want to get into.I don’t think it’s inappropriate to send connection requests to recruiters, especially recruiters that work for companies of interest to you. By connecting to them, you might learn about available positions that match with your skills and interest.
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Thursday, February 13, 2014
Make sure you take advantage of LinkedIn’s tips and tools in order to make your profile shine. You can access free live and recorded training offered by LinkedIn’s experts at this link. Make sure you upload a professional photo and add your “elevator pitch” to the summary section. You should populate the experience sections with your resume but feel free to use a more conversational tone and describe key projects that you’ve worked on. Make sure to add skills to your profile as that will help recruiters find you when they search for those skills. And once your profile is created and enhanced, make sure to build your network by connecting with colleagues and friends, current and former! Before you reach out to a recruiter on LinkedIn, read their profile since many will offer guidance on the types of inquiries they prefer to receive. Some are more open to networking than others and it may depend on the number of positions they are working to fill. If you do reach out, find a common ground, do so in the spirit of networking and provide the reasons why you feel you are the best fit for a specific role. In most cases, it’s not most effective to reach out with “Please look at my profile and let me know which jobs at your company are a fit for me.” Best of luck.
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.
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