Your LinkedIn profile is your brand to the world. Recruiters look at LinkedIn profiles before inviting anyone in for an interview. In addition, when they proactively search for people for jobs it becomes essential.
Imagine you are recruiting for a great role, you receive two CV’s, one from David and one from Dan. The CV’s both have similar experience, David has a great LinkedIn profile, smart photo, detailed keyword summary, with some wonderful recommendations. Dan on the other hand has 30 contacts, no photo and no detail. Who would you invite in for an interview?
Did you know that on LinkedIn there is even a setting which alerts recruiters and hiring managers to the fact that you are open to job opportunities? How easy is it to just flick the switch and sit back? If you are worried about your employer knowing you are on the job market – don’t stress! LinkedIn has a great algorithm which blocks anyone from your existing employer seeing that you are ‘open to opportunities’.
In my view, if you are not on LinkedIn you are missing out on opportunities to find a new role more quickly and more easily.