24 Seven Recommends Job Seekers Update Linkedin Profiles to Help Landa New Job in 2013

January 15, 2013 // Franchising.com // With calendars flipped to a new year, making a career move is a popular resolution. Specialized recruiter 24 Seven, Inc. reminds job seekers that LinkedIn is a critical resource in their job search arsenal, whether working on their own or partnering with a recruiter.

“As a specialized recruiting firm that connects top brands with top talent for jobs in Marketing, Advertising, Creative, Interactive/Digital, Beauty, Fashion & Retail, we encourage job candidates to regularly optimize their LinkedIn presence,” said Celeste Gudas, CEO & Founder of 24 Seven Inc., “LinkedIn is an important tool for recruiters and hiring managers, especially when it comes to verfying the credibility and professional background of an individual they are considering for an opportunity.”

If a job seeker hasn’t already set up a LinkedIn profile, it should be a foremost New Year’s goal. And if they already have one, the beginning of a new year is an auspicious time to review one’s LinkedIn presence and make sure it’s up to date. A personal LinkedIn profile is an on-line resume, so making sure it’s robust as possible is critical. It should include detailed information about work history, major responsibilities and accomplishments.

The new year is also a great opportunity to make sure LinkedIn connections are complete, comprising a job seeker's network of all current and previous colleagues, managers, as well as vendors or business partners. This is also a good time to ask LinkedIn contacts to write and post personal recommendations, or at a minimum endorse skills (both are features supported by LinkedIn). The more specific and detailed the recommendation the better, as recruiters and hiring managers look to these third-party endorsements as verification of the data that job seekers post about themselves, or include on their resumes.

Job seekers should also spend time crafting a descriptive headline and summary for their profile, making certain to include key words that will come up in a recruiter's or hiring manager's search for talent. “A LinkedIn headline and summary should provide a quick snapshot of the job seeker’s current employment scenario, and key skills or qualities that set them apart as a job candidate,” continued Ms. Gudas, “The summary should also comprise a statement of professional goals, or, if the candidate is actively looking, the next step they want to take in their career. We encourage candidates to post a photo of themselves too. With a compelling and complete LinkedIn profile, job seekers improve their visibility and appeal to those looking to hire. An excellent LinkedIn profile also helps shorten the hiring cycle as it provides those that recruit with all the information they need to advance the candidate through the process.”

About 24 Seven, Inc.

As a strategic resource for talent management, 24 Seven helps creatively-driven global brands identify, recruit and secure game changing talent. The firm’s innovative approach combines global reach, industry expertise and market intelligence to deliver top performers that advance the unique business goals of their clients.

24 Seven is the go-to talent source supporting the world’s top teams in Fashion, Retail, Marketing, Advertising, Interactive/Digital, E-commerce, Design, Beauty, Events and Sports/Lifestyle. The firm’s strategic recruiting professionals have either personally worked in or recruited exclusively for the industry practice they serve. Their hands-on experience makes them experts at perfectly matching candidates to clients. For more information, visit http://www.24seventalent.com.

24 Seven is headquartered in New York, and has offices in the US, Canada and Europe, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, London, Paris, Toronto, Seattle, Portland (WA), Santa Monica, Orange County (CA), Philadelphia, Atlanta and Miami.

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