Any IT contractors looking for new IT jobs know that their LinkedIn profile is almost as important as resumes are. IT recruiting agencies and new potential employers alike are drawn to IT consultants with concise, effective LinkedIn profiles that clearly demonstrate their experience in the information technology industry. Here are some key words to scrub from your profile (and resumes) so technical recruiters and IT staffing agencies start calling you nonstop.
- Buzzwords: People-pleaser, synergy, team player, go-getter, etc. Just hold back on these. They don’t actually do you any favors because they’ve been used so frequently that they’re pretty meaningless. It’s also far more effective to show you have these qualities through any achievements at work or recommendations you get from previous bosses, etc.
- I, Me, My, She, He, and other pronouns. Generally, you don’t need to be speaking about yourself or others directly. Doing so can get awkward at best and look downright narcissistic in the worst case scenario. While it wasn’t always true, IT companies currently tend to really value hiring somebody with a great personality. Don’t risk making it look like you don’t have one by using pronouns in your LI profile.
- Ninja and other ‘creative’ titles. While these might fit into your culture at work right now, they may turn off IT headhunters or potential new IT managers. Better to keep your profile pretty conventional—your skills and experience is what will really turn heads.
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.