If you’re on the job hunt I highly recommend using LinkedIn for your job search, to make connections and to get noticed by recruiters.

Recruiters are using LinkedIn every day to identify quality candidates to fill open positions nationwide, including the Atlanta area.

Because the candidate pool on LinkedIn is growing rapidly you’ll want to make sure your profile not only has a completed work history but a few other things to make you stand out.

Here are the top 3 things your LinkedIn profile needs to have if you want to come out on top:

  1. A Great Photo – If you can manage a professional headshot, do it! Taking the time to add a great photo usually pays off in the end. A photo makes it easier for the employer to picture you in the role and a professional one shows them you understand the importance of making a good first impression. Employers will notice the extra effort you put in by using a professional image and appreciate that you’ve gone the extra mile. A great photo will be of good quality, highlight your smile and be void of a tacky background.
  2. A First Person Perspective: It’s a no-no for resumes but first person is perfectly okay for your LinkedIn profile. Many of the best LinkedIn profiles are written this way and you get a lot more flexibility for tooting your own horn on social. If you can master being creative while keeping it professional, it’s a slam dunk.
  3. Your List of Achievements: You can talk a good talk but what’s even better? Proving it! List all of your achievements and those accomplishments you feel good about. Prospective employers want to see what you’re made of and instead of talking about what you can do, show them real life examples of what you have done in the past. Recruiters will take notice and be able to easily determine if you’d make a good fit for their organization.

If you find yourself lacking in this area consider taking a few free online courses and include those on your profile, volunteer or support a local charity and make a committed effort to accomplish a personal goal. Better yet, add all three and you’ll be the next shining star.

It’s worth taking the extra time to make your LinkedIn profile stand out and most importantly be a simple way for employers to get a sense of who you are. You have a lot to offer, show them!