The five “red flags” that will make recruiters ignore you on LinkedIn

If you've been actively looking for a job for a long time and just can't seem to find it, it's probably because you've overlooked these details that will instantly eliminate you from the process.

The way we look for jobs is constantly changing. Everything moves very fast and, as in other areas of life, there are trends that are born and others that disappear. If you're looking for a new job and your LinkedIn profile isn't up to date, or you're not taking into account what's most popular, you're wasting your time and effort.

How do you find the right key that will make you the chosen one, or at least get you past the interview stage? Donna Svei, long-time human resources consultant, describes in an article published in Fast & Company the “red flags” that most annoy talent recruiters. And no, it's not about lying or over-inflating certain elements of your CV, but more specific aspects that say a lot about the person on the other side applying for a job.

Telecommuting only

Over 85% of job offers posted on LinkedIn involve hybrid or full teleworking. And while that may sound like a lot, there's actually a small percentage that fall through the cracks when employers favor face-to-face. So don't refer to your preferences in this area, just mention that you're adaptable to all possibilities.

Don't title your other functions properly

LinkedIn is, after all, the public version of your CV. So it's essential to write it clearly and simply, so that it's easy on the eye and everything you've done so far is visible at a glance. “I recommend that candidates start with the title of the job they want to do, show the experience they have in that field and always add a bit of intrigue,” explains Svei.

Don't overemphasize skills

Yes, your qualifications look good, as does your experience. But what about skills? What about skills? Although they're often seen as the filler space of a CV, with typical phrases like “good team player”, you really need to pay special attention to defining your work strengths. Don't just write these phrases down, but show a demonstration of an achievement you've made thanks to them. And of course, don't forget to ask your former bosses or colleagues to confirm that you have them, a very useful and attractive feature in this social network.

Don't show interest

Get involved by posting content and commenting on other people's posts. You need to show that you're aware of opportunities and don't want to be left out. But don't overdo it either, because at the end of the day, being too bossy also tends to drive people away. The key is to make every interaction interesting and to show how fit you are to change jobs or start a new business. Use hashtags to let everyone know that you're urgently looking for a job, if that's the case.

Inconsistent data

As with any CV, there must be temporal consistency between jobs. And especially with your CV. “I make sure my clients have a similar CV and LinkedIn profile,” Svei stresses. “It's better to present yourself as employed on the profile and unemployed on the CV, as LinkedIn's algorithm puts the unemployed at a disadvantage in search results. I often advise showing that you're currently working, even if it's at the last company you worked for.” Of course, if you go for an interview, you'll have to tell the truth.

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