How You May be Repelling Recruiters

5 Things You May be Doing to Repel Recruiters

One of the three paths to finding your next great job in shared services is being noticed by recruiters. With today’s digitally driven job market, your online presence can make or break your chances of being noticed by recruiters. Here are some things you may be doing which could prompt recruiters to overlook you and reach out instead to another candidate.

Using the wrong email account

Your choice of email provider and account name speaks volumes about both your tech-savviness and professionalism. Relying on old-school services like Hotmail or could give off the impression that you are out-of-touch with current trends. Ensure your email has a professional name (such as your first and last name); using something such as may seem interesting to friends but could put off potential employers.

Still using the default LinkedIn profile URL

LinkedIn provides you with an automatic profile URL when you register an account, usually including part of your name and various random characters. Customizing it makes typing it simpler while giving it a more professional-looking presentation. It also indicates your technological proficiency. LinkedIn offers step-by-step instructions on how to customize it

Unprofessional profile picture

You may be proud of that pedigreed pet or attractive significant other but they don’t belong in your LinkedIn profile pic. What is needed here is a professional photograph showing yourself from the neck up, wearing business attire and an inviting expression – not your favorite vacation spots or sporting activities.

Omitting early career experiences in your profile

If the first job listed in your Experience section on LinkedIn is at the executive level, that can be taken as a sign that you’re deliberately hiding some aspects of your experience. Of course it’s crucial to include your latest, impressive high-level roles but its also important to highlight the experience and qualifications that helped get you there. This could also include leadership training, project management experience, or specific certifications. 

Outdated lingo

Use of outdated terms like “TQM” (Total Quality Management) or “re-engineering” creates the impression that your work methods have become stagnant over time. Avoid such terms and instead include keywords that reflect current trends and skillsets; such as replacing “TQM” with something like “Quality Assurance” or “Continuous Improvement.”

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How You May be Repelling Recruiters