Flow Caritas has been working in charity recruitment for over a decade, and every year we are turning to LinkedIn more and more. It is better than traditional CV databases at giving you an insight to a person, not just the facts and figures of their career. It also offers the flexibility to contact numerous people who would be perfect for the role you’re working on, who aren’t necessarily scrolling through job board after job board. If you’re looking for your dream charity job, this is how you can use LinkedIn so that that job can find you instead!
Make yourself contactable
Sure, you don’t want your personal phone number bouncing around the internet. But the ability to be contacted by LinkedIn InMail is crucial. In fact, I would go as far as saying that there is no point in reading the rest of this blog if you aren’t going to let people contact you. No recruiter is ever going to offer you a job if we can’t contact you and we will just move on to the next candidate: plain and simple.
Optimise your profile
LinkedIn gives you so much choice that it’s vital you know what you’re doing. Firstly, make the information of your profile visible. Recruiters can only guess about your experience if you have a private profile. Having nothing but job titles visible leaves a lot up to inference, when you could be demonstrating that you would be the best person for a dream job that suits your skills and experience. So have a look at your privacy settings and consider how many hurdles there are between you and charity recruiters – if they can’t find you, the job can’t find you! You can also optimise your profile by personalising your URL and including key search terms (like job titles, qualifications and responsibilities) at the top of each job section.
Think of it as a CV
Don’t talk about your time at university or a job for paragraphs – no one is going to read it. Be clear, be concise. Most importantly, demonstrate what value you have brought to each organisation you’ve worked for by highlighting your responsibilities and achievements. Bullet points are your friend here, just like on your CV. One of the great things about LinkedIn is that you can include samples of your work that can do the talking for you. Recruiters look at numerous LinkedIn profiles, CVs and application forms every single day, so don’t make it too difficult for them to digest all the information about you.
Keep it up to date
In order for recruiters to bring you jobs that are relevant to your current level, we need to know what that level is. Add any new certifications, promotions or even volunteer experience to your LinkedIn as and when it happens so all information directed at you can be completely up to date.
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