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6 LinkedIn Mistakes to Avoid When Job Searching

There’s no escaping it, hiring managers and recruiters use LinkedIn to find and vet candidates. Savvy and experienced candidate screeners can spot a false claim on an online profile very quickly, so make sure you can back up every statement you make.

Here are six of the most common LinkedIn mistakes to avoid.

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6 LinkedIn Mistakes to Avoid When Job Searching

  1. 1 Nick Deligiannis Managing Director, Hays Australia & New Zealand There’s no escaping it, hiring managers and recruiters use LinkedIn to find and vet candidates. Nick Deligiannis, Managing Director at Hays Australia and New Zealand shares 6 LinkedIn mistakes to avoid when job searching. SEARCHING FOR A NEW JOB? AVOID THESE 6 LINKEDIN MISTAKES
  2. 2 It can be tempting to go back in time and give yourself a promotion on your LinkedIn profile. Elevating your title from “Finance Manager” to “Finance Director” because you worked in a small firm and you were the most senior finance person could put your credibility at risk and see your chances reduced from shortlist to dust bin in a moment. DON’T GIVE YOURSELF A RETROSPECTIVE PROMOTION
  3. 3 Responsibilities tell a potential employer about your job role while achievements describe your job performance, and so both should be showcased on your LinkedIn profile – but make sure they really are yours. Claiming an achievement that belongs to someone else is dishonest and will only damage your reputation in the long run. DON’T TAKE CREDIT FOR THE WORK OF OTHERS ON YOUR PROFILE
  4. Where you worked, exactly when and for how long is a key focus for any potential employer. Don’t fudge dates and try and fill gaps with fake employment experience. Make sure any claim you make in your online profile is consistent with your resume. Inconsistencies are a red flag for those screening candidates. DON’T PAPER OVER YOUR JOB HISTORY 4
  5. Ensure you include a professional- looking head and shoulders shot of yourself with your profile – preferably smiling. Avoid heavy photo shopping – you want to be recognised at job interviews – as well as wedding shots with your spouse cropped out or holidays shots showing you in casual gear. INCLUDE AN IMAGE, BUT MAKE IT REAL 5
  6. Whilst it is tempting to try and connect with as many people as possible, the real strength of your LinkedIn network lies in connecting to those in your industry, profession or sector. Accepting every invite that comes your way weakens the quality of your network. Always view the profile of someone asking to connect with you to ensure they are relevant to your network. DON’T CONNECT WITH EVERYONE 6
  7. LinkedIn recommendations work best when they are authentic and given by managers, clients and other people you have provided an excellent service to. Recommendations provided by peers and friends are not a credible way of building your personal brand. DON’T MAKE TIT FOR TAT RECOMMENDATIONS 7
  8. 8 ABOUT HAYS Hays is a leading global professional recruiting group, the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide. With over 8,748 staff operating from 244 offices in 33 countries across 20 specialism's, last year we placed around 57,000 candidates into permanent jobs, and around 212,000 people into temporary assignments.