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  1. How to Create a LinkedIn Profile That’ll Get You Noticed

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    Did you know that 90% of recruiters use LinkedIn to identify potential candidates? Based on that statistic, if you’re a current job seeker, it can be helpful to upgrade and heighten your LinkedIn profile so a recruiter is enticed to represent you. But how does one create a profile so attractive it stands out amongst the heavily saturated market? Here at Planet Interactive, we’ve put our heads together to develop some suggestions on how to create an eye-catching LinkedIn profile that will get you noticed.

    Upgrade your photo. This may seem obvious, but the having a professional picture is incredibly important. Your LinkedIn photo could be the first impression you make to your future employer. Picking a clean, professional, and approachable photo is the key.

    Specialize your headline. Did you know that LinkedIn creates your headline by default based on what you list as your current job? Your current headline is your job title and the current company in which you’re employed, right? Well, that doesn’t have to be the case! Now, you can keep the default or you can use LinkedIn to your advantage and create a headline that’ll elevate your brand and make you searchable. It’s best to have a concise, compelling headline that’s intriguing so recruiters will want to take a closer look at you.

    Create the summary. After the headline, this is the first thing that people will read about you, so you want this to grab their attention. Your LinkedIn summary should be different and more unique than your resume summary. Think of the summary as an elevator pitch, that creatively and concisely shows how you are the right person to hire. The best part of the summary is that you can add a media file (i.e. PowerPoint presentation, video, blog, etc.) that elaborates on who you are.

    Use keywords. You should include keywords in many areas on your LinkedIn profile, which will make it easier for recruiters to find you. When a recruiter searches LinkedIn they will usually use industry-specific words to find the right candidate, so you want to make sure that you are using the right words to target the right audience. To figure out the right keywords to use find different job descriptions that you’re interested in and find common words that are used.

    Check out your experience. Think of this as the body of your profile. Don’t make this a carbon copy of your resume, highlight how you’re a well-rounded candidate. List your past jobs with a more detailed description of what you did there, your skills, expertise, education, volunteer associations and more. A resume tends to only be 1-2 pages and is kept in a shorter format. There is no length requirement for LinkedIn so the more descriptive you are the better. Unbeknownst to most, the profile that the public sees will often have outdated information on it, so every now and again double check your profile in Public View to see what the people you have yet to connect with sees.

    Relevant samples. The keyword here is relevant. Think about what you want your future employer to see. If you have an online portfolio, blog or samples of past works that’ll benefit you, then add them! But, make sure to use discretion; don’t include links to your social media sites (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) if it is not professional and industry relevant.

    Recommendations. This is always a valuable tool to use when you’re searching for a new job. Keep in mind that it really doesn’t matter who writes your recommendation if the recommendation in genuinely glowing. You want the recommendations to be unique and highlight your skillsets in such a way that you are irresistible to recruiters and future employers.

    Be proactive. Your profile may now be completed which makes it easier for recruiters to find you, but you should be actively using LinkedIn as well! Connect with people in your industry, post industry-related articles and blogs that show that you are focused, and follow companies and groups that you are interested in. By being an active member of LinkedIn, you are promoting yourself and showing recruiters that you’re valuable in your industry.

    And voilà – you are all set! By following these tips, you now have a killer LinkedIn profile that’ll stand out and be recognized by your peers, industry leaders, and recruiters alike.

  2. New Year, New You: Be the Ideal Candidate in 2017

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    January is the perfect time to pen your New Year’s resolutions. If one of these “new year, new you” ideas centers around your career, you’re in luck! 2017 is going to be a job seeker’s market, so there’s no better time than now to take your job-based aspirations and turn them into a reality.  To start this process, we at Planet Interactive have developed a general plan that will help push your professional career forward while making you the best candidate you can be in 2017.

    Set Goals: Before you can dive right into the job hunt, you need to set professional goals. Employers love candidates who know what they want out of a job and what they are looking for. But make sure not to overwhelm employers with too many goals and skills. You could present yourself to a future employer as jack of all trades, but that will do one of two things; confuse them about what it is that you want or you may come off as arrogant or overqualified. Think about what your strengths are and use that to your advantage. Employers like to hire candidates who specialize in a particular skill or field, rather than dabble in a bit of everything.

    Stand Out: The best way to stand out is to make sure that an employer’s first impression of you is stellar, which is why we suggest you look at your resume and LinkedIn. Not only should your resume be up to date, but you should make sure to have the most relevant job at the top of your resume, highlighting how you were an asset. Stand out to future employers by including your accomplishments along with your responsibilities. After seeing your resume, an employer will look you up on LinkedIn. In fact, your LinkedIn profile is the perfect platform to elaborate on what you can’t always include in a resume. You’re able to highlight your positive skills, accomplishments, and your professional passions. Your LinkedIn page should be a story of who you are professionally. If you’re able to master that, you’ll stand out!

    Act: Candidates who put in the time and effort into a job search will be the ones who will succeed. This starts by using your connections to get ahead. Do not be afraid to network. Reach out to previous employers, connections you have made in the past, and recruiters to help you! You’ll find that having connections throughout your job search can be exceedingly valuable. Have your elevator pitch ready to prove to future employers why they can’t last another day without you! Promoting yourself can be awkward, but if you’re willing to put on your sales cap and promote your skills and experiences, you might just edge out the competition. 

    There’s no better time than the present to turn your career goals into a reality. If you know what you’re looking for, find a way to stand out and take action, then you will succeed!

  3. To Network, or not to Network? That is the Question

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    The holiday season is upon us, which means that hiring slows down quite a bit. When you’re on the prowl for a job this can be a frustrating time. However, don’t forget that once the new year hits, companies will jump right back into hiring mode, as it’s the beginning of their fiscal season. For the time being, there are plenty of ways to use other various weapons in your arsenal such as networking! If you practice these skills today, some good tidings may be headed your way in no time.

    Now, networking is a powerful tool, but it is a tool that you need to know how to use properly. Here are some thoughts we had at Planet Interactive to help you get the most out of networking this holiday season!

    • Set Goals. You should make sure before you start networking that you know what you want and what you are looking for. If you don’t know what you want to get out of building a connection with someone, then why should they connect with you? As long as you know what you are passionate about, others will be more willing to connect with you and help you land your dream job!
    • Send out Greeting Cards. This is such an easy first step to take. Sending a holiday greeting card is a simple way to stay in contact with old friends, neighbors, family members. It’s also a great way to reconnect with key players. When it comes time for you to approach them about work, it will make an easier introduction.
    • Attend Holiday Events. Whether you’re going to an office party, a networking holiday event, a friend’s cocktail party or a family holiday dinner, you should attend as many events as you can. It’s often daunting to put your face on, work the room and schmooze, but the outcome only gets you ahead of the crowd.
    • Make it Personal. It’s best to not immediately dive into a pitch about yourself and your work ethic. Rather, try and connect with them on a personal level, maybe mention grabbing coffee or lunch one day. This’ll make it more likely that they’ll get back to you in the future because they’ll see you as more than just a job seeker, but a human being.
    • Listen. Don’t talk about yourself the whole time! Have some questions up your sleeve and find out who they are. It is always better to listen more than talk too much, and you never know what you might learn.
    • Follow-Up. After a holiday event, follow-up with the people you have connected with. Shoot them a quick email or call to let them know that you’re interested in working with them. Make it clear that as soon as the holidays are over, you would love to meet up to talk!
    • Have fun! It is the holidays, so relax! Networking can be stressful, but it is the holidays. Don’t get sloppy and become the life of the party, be open and charming, and enjoy yourself!

    Remember that networking isn’t a formal job interview that you have to prep and practice for. Networking is a great way to jump-start your job search for 2017 and get ahead of the curve.

    Happy Holidays from your friends at Planet Interactive!

  4. Why Working with a Recruiter Will Help YOU!

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    When applying for job, do you feel like your resume goes into an HR black hole? Have you ever heard that you are overqualified for a job? When you interview, are there times that you never hear back? Or, are you just not finding roles that have made you excited about taking a career leap? Believe me, I understand that a job hunt can be an overwhelming process, not to mention the fact that it can feel like a full time job just to find one. That’s why you should consider using a recruiter!

    Working for a company like Planet Interactive, I know first-hand the meaningful work that our recruiting team does every day and the advantages that a candidate will have when incorporating a recruitment firm into your job search… But what are they?

    1. You will not have to spend a dime! 
      • If you want to use a Planet Interactive recruiter and take advantage of all of the services they can provide you, you don’t have to worry about cost because it’s free! Speaking of the services a recruiter can provide…
    2. Your recruiter has a direct relationship to the employer.
      • Recruiters have often spent years working with their clients and have insights on the culture, team structure and role that would be impossible to glean from an online job description.
    3. Your recruiter can help you stand out from the crowd!
      • Recruiters closely review your resume and portfolio, and make suggestions that will help you appeal to the hiring manager. They’ll know whether you’d fit in with their company culture, ensuring that you’re making the right move. Your recruiter will also know your true value and will be an effective advocate for you.
    4. Your recruiter will help you with your interview.
      • If you partner with one of our recruiters, you’ll be better prepared for job interviews, as well as consistently advance farther in the process than someone who applies from an online job ad. Our recruiters take time to prepare you before your interview, running through the questions we know they’ll ask you and helping you craft responses that position you in a favorable light. Think of it like knowing the exam questions prior to taking the test 🙂
    5. Your recruiter will keep you in the loop.
      • Ever had one of those moments when you’ve applied to a job, or even had an interview, and you never hear back? Well, a recruiter will make sure that does NOT happen to you. They will check on where things stand and consistently coordinate for follow-up and feedback with the hiring manager.
    6. Your recruiter has access to multiple different types of jobs.
      • Many times, the job you were initially interested in may not be the best fit. If that’s the case, our recruiters will have access to other types of jobs that could be an even better opportunity for you – ones you may not have thought to pursue. And last, but not least…
    7. Your recruiter only gets paid when you get hired!
      • So you KNOW that we will be on your side and help set you up for success.

    In the end, working with a recruiter can only benefit YOU. Recruiters offer you guidance and assistance in advancing your job search, which will help you to land your ideal position! We want to be a partner in the process and hope that the tools we provide will benefit you for years to come.