LinkedIn is an inevitable part of searching for IT jobs these days. While you’ll still need copies of your resume to send to IT recruiters and IT staffing agencies, you’ll also need a great LinkedIn profile to attract those technical recruiters and IT staffing companies. Here are some LinkedIn profile mistakes that will drive IT recruiting agencies and IT staffing firms away.
1. Giving too much irrelevant info: As on your resume, don’t list your college courses, IT jobs from 20 years ago, or give staggering details in descriptions of your past jobs. A LinkedIn profile isn’t necessarily limited to one page, but it should still be as brief and concise as you can make it.
2. Unprofessional pictures: It may seem tempting to just add any picture into your LinkedIn profile. Your picture doesn’t have to be stiff and boring, but a bad picture (or one depicting you doing something, well, bad) will really damage your reputation with IT recruiting firms and hiring managers.
3. Unnecessary endorsements: People may endorse you for a lot of silly or irrelevant skills. Take these out of your profile. They take up too much of the brief time IT recruiting companies will look at your profile. Don’t waste their time or yours—make sure every part of your profile strengthens your candidacy.
About AVID Technical Resources
AVID (Applications, Voice, Internet, Data) Technical Resources is a leading Information Technology recruiting company. Specializing in placing contract and permanent personnel in both Infrastructure Support and Applications Development positions, AVID has a national presence supporting clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Headquartered in Boston, MA, AVID has achieved tremendous growth since the firm's inception in 2003. This has triggered numerous national awards and recognition, such as being named to Inc. 500 Magazine's list of 5,000 Fastest Growing Privately-held Companies in the US in 2010, 2011 and 2013. Additionally, the firm boasts of having more than 100 five-star reviews on Google from clients and candidates who rave about their experience and interaction with the firm's recruiters.