10 indicators of what recruiters search for in a LinkedIn profile


LinkedIn is presently a very powerful skilled social community on the earth with greater than 830 million customers, over 50% of whom are between 25 and 34 years outdated. LinkedIn is helpful for various causes: networking, posting info, findings clients and employers. Candidates point out the place they labored or studied, however additionally they write brief bio summaries, checklist expertise and comply with different folks or firms. This enormous amount of data might be helpful for recruiters who’re within the quest of discovering the “perfect candidate”. For this purpose, recruiters have been more and more resorting to “cybervetting” – utilizing social media to extract extra details about job candidates. Here we collect 10 indicators of what recruiters search for in a LinkedIn profile that may assist higher perceive the potential candidate.

10 helpful suggestions in line with the analysis

Recruiters are cybervetting for various functions: discovering info that helps or contradicts qualification, figuring out potential crimson flags, but in addition attending to know higher the candidates, their character traits or their pursuits. There appears to be loads of helpful info on private social media to deduce candidates’ character however this info is of little worth for recruiters.

First, many candidates contemplate it’s inappropriate that recruiters have a look at their private social media. Second, previous analysis has not proven that info contained in private social media predicts job efficiency rankings. Research attempting to establish if LinkedIn profiles convey details about character continues to be scarce, however our analysis and different research have delivered a couple of insights.

In our examine, we collected knowledge from 607 former EHL graduates on their character (extra exactly on the next traits: openness to expertise, conscientiousness, agreeableness, and extraversion). We additionally analyzed if their LinkedIn profiles contained particular info equivalent to: the variety of connections, the presence of a abstract, the kind of ability listed, and so on.

We wish to current right here a number of the most fascinating findings of this analysis. If you’re a recruiter, you will discover beneath the ten indicators that could be helpful to higher perceive the character of a possible new rent.

1. Network measurement

The variety of connections predicts properly the diploma of extraversion and outgoingness of an individual. If you observe professionals with lower than 300 connections, it would point out that they’re extra on the introverted facet . On the opposite hand, somebody who has hundreds of connections could be of a extra extraverted nature.

2. The presence of a abstract

Some professionals usually tend to full some key sections of their profile. When folks fill within the abstract part of their profile, it could be an indication of engagement and diligence. It demonstrates that they’re meticulous in how they crammed of their profile and that after they begin a process, they do it properly.

3. Information about grades

When you look at the part “Education”, verify if the candidate stories his/her grades, or is in a high percentile of the category. As people who find themselves detailed-oriented are inclined to have good grades, the mere presence of this info would possibly sign an orderly character. However, this could be true just for lately graduates. It just isn’t sure older job-seekers present this piece of data on their LinkedIn profile (even when they’re conscientious).

4. Number of languages

Individuals who’re curious and wanting to study might need already invested in studying overseas languages up to now. It would possibly then be related to take a look at what number of languages they converse…4, 5 or much more? It could be an indicator of a curious and open-minded individual.

5. Background image

Individuals who show their firm emblem as their background image would possibly sign they’re extra engaged at work. Recruiters can have an concept of people who find themselves engaged by being attentive to this info. Alternatively, people who publish images of landscapes or artists are typically extra artistic.

6. Skills

The ability part conveys helpful details about candidates, notably relating to interpersonal expertise. When folks point out they possess management or public talking expertise, this means excessive extraversion. When they point out group or time administration, this refers to excessive conscientiousness. When they checklist teamwork, this means that they could be very agreeable and cooperative folks. Finally, after they checklist curiosity, creativity, or open-mindedness, they are typically tolerant and open-minded folks.

7. Smiling

Pay consideration not provided that folks smile or not, but in addition the extent to which they smile. Those who smile extensively are typically extra cooperative than those that don’t smile. We additionally noticed that ladies smile greater than males.

8. Volunteering actions

Some people point out that they’ve volunteering actions. Do not miss this info as a result of it indicators that the individual is caring. This can also be a bit of data that could be extremely worthwhile for jobs that require teamwork.

9. Spelling errors

Even if some professionals could be tempted to concentrate to typos discovered on social media, there isn’t any analysis proof that they’re an indicator of an individual’s stage of conscientiousness. Our examine didn’t present that people who’re conscientious had much less typos that those that are much less conscientious. Do not discard a candidate as a result of the phrase “management” is written “mangement”! In reality, we noticed that it is a frequent mistake.

10. Professional apparel

Again, there isn’t any proof that the best way individuals are dressed (formally vs. informally) is a helpful piece of data signaling the character of a person. The means individuals are dressed could be extra aligned with social norms and expectations of the skilled atmosphere. We don’t anticipate engineers to put on a swimsuit, however from normal managers we’d have an expectation that they’re wearing a swimsuit.

Get to know your candidates

These are the symptoms to think about if you need to get extra perception about candidate or worker character. However, a key warning: don’t rely solely on these LinkedIn indicators! While they sign related info, it’s essential to mix them with different screening strategies or sources of data (as an example, a job interview).

About EHL Group

EHL Group is the worldwide reference in training, innovation and consulting for the hospitality and repair sector.
With experience relationship again to 1893, EHL Group now affords a variety of main instructional applications from apprenticeships to grasp’s levels, in addition to skilled and govt training, on three campuses in Switzerland and Singapore. EHL Group additionally affords consulting and certification companies to firms and studying facilities around the globe. True to its values and dedicated to constructing a sustainable world, EHL Group’s function is to offer training, companies and dealing environments which can be people-centered and open to the world. www.ehlgroup.com

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