“Looking for a Challenging Position”,
Believe me, there is no other LinkedIn headline poorer than this. Unfortunately, I realised this very late. Just like any other job seeker, I fell for this mistake. I thought recruiters will jump on my profile and chase me for available positions.
Well, do you know what’s the problem with these kinds of statements?
The first problem is, you have wasted the space on your LinkedIn headline. Headline space on LinkedIn (the one below your Profile Picture) is there to quickly mention your expertise and attract someone’s (recruiter or decision makers) attention to your profile. You merely have three seconds to catch someone’s attention. This can be done by putting some specific and strategic words there, so that they click on your profile and see what’s in there for them.
The second problem is, it sounds like a beggar.
The second problem is, it sounds like a beggar. This headline doesn´t focus on the expertise/values that we have to offer but we show plain despair. We think that we will easily get noticed by recruiters. No matter if you have industry experience or not, what matters the most is, . Depict this, not your sheer desperation. By putting such statements, you fall into the category of despos. This is quite a serious issue that many of us fail to see.
What are other keywords in the headline that will make your profile look like a beggar one?
“Available for a new position”
“Available for new project”
“Actively looking for a job”
“Actively looking for a position”
“Looking for the exciting position”
“Looking for a job”
“Looking for new opportunities”
“Looking for a job”
“Looking for the project”
“Looking for a new challenge”
“Open for talks”
“Open to the new function”
“Open to new opportunities”
“Ready for a new challenge”
“Searching for a job”
“Searching for a new opportunity”
“Seeking new opportunity”
“Seeking for a new position”
“Seeking new opportunities and challenges”
Remember, if recruiter wants you, THEY WILL FIND YOU.
I’ll tell you how they do it.
Recruiters always look for candidates based on the keywords they have put into their profile. Even if you are employed and not looking for a job, THEY WILL FIND YOU and ask you for availability. In the 21st century, Data is the gold and LinkedIn is a goldmine. . They systematically filter candidates based on the keywords they put in their search engine. LinkedIn makes their life easy by providing them an advanced filter tool. But smart recruiters go even further and use Boolean logic- but not to search for “desperate AND hopeless”.
Let’s take an example. If I am a recruiter looking for a PhD candidate from Molecular Biology with at least 2 years of pharma industry experience and specifically from the Netherlands (you know, visa related stuff). I will use some set of keywords like PhD, Doctoral candidate, Dr., phd, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacist, Pharma, Molecular Biology, Mol. Bio., Mol. Biology, Netherlands, The Netherlands, Holland etc. With one click, I get thousands of profiles. I further filter them using additional keywords like an or certified. In addition, I would filter it further by searching for specific techniques like PCR, Polymerase Chain Reaction, Gel Electrophoresis, Gene Editing, CRISPR-CAS, Cloning, Clone, Microscopy, Confocal Microscopy or NGS. The list goes on and on and on. You imagine it, they try it all. It’s a big list of permutations of keywords. So, using beggar keywords like “looking for challenging Opportunity” WON’T HELP AT ALL.
In a nutshell, you have to be smart and know what those recruiters are looking for and exactly serve them what they want. This way, you increase the probability of getting on their radar. If you want to be noticed in a smart way, then be an object they can´t miss, something that “reflects on the radar”. Use some smart keywords. For each candidate, these vary based on their expertise but it’s very well possible to be that “visible object”.
Are you using any of the above job seeking headlines? Do you still want to keep them? Think twice.
Our guest author is Girish Kedar, PhD, from Amsterdam. During personal coaching, he helps you not only to find those keywords but to show you how to use them strategically and efficiently to get on the radar. See more on www.gloverkcareermantra.com