Do Headhunters See You As An Expert In Your Industry Niche? [Part 4]

Do Headhunters See You As An Expert In Your Industry Niche? [Part 4]

Are you confident enough to make your transition today?

(Those that are wouldn’t give that question a second thought!)

If you’re unsure about your answer, chances are you’re unhappy with your progress or position in the digital world.

And that needs to change. Now.

A lot of people miss opportunities because they are hesitant.

“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” – Nora Roberts

Over the last few weeks we have been outlining tips providing information to ensure you are perceived as an industry professional.

In this article I will be highlighting the most important factor – Confidence.

As, what is a notion without substance?

Confidence is a key aspect in terms of self improvement in general. You are your own project.

So consider, are there specific areas in which you feel you can improve on? What are they? How are they presented on your profile? What are you missing?

Remember we cannot change our experiences but we are able to adapt the way we present information (without being misleading of course).

Make a few changes, be confident in each statement you present.

Confidence can be felt when in the presence of someone and can most certainly be noticed online when there is validity by somebody other than yourself.

In part 3 of our series (click here to revisit) I had covered the concept of publishing your own articles, as I believe it is the best way to promote yourself and highlight your expertise – but there are other areas to consider which may require the input from another person:

Linkedin Projects

If you have mentioned a work project on Linkedin – include it within the relevant ‘projects’ section stating the corresponding job role:

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Once you have filled in the relevant sections you will find the project appearing under the experience section of the corresponding job role. You are also able to include team members and as much detail as you would like to entail about the project.

If you don’t want to give away too much information, don’t worry, the last thing you want to do is upset someone or mention things you shouldn’t have, so think carefully.

The more content you have the stronger your presence will be.

Linkedin Recommendations

Arguably the most important section of a profile is the recommendations section, as it gives users an insight to how well you have performed in a specific job role and acts as a pivotal contribution to your overall likeability factor.

How many recommendations should I have?

It all depends on how many job roles you have listed. Generally, I would suggest 5 as a minimum for somebody in a senior position.

How can I get people to recommend me?

Linkedin have introduced a section which allows you to formally ask one of your connections for a recommendation without making it ‘weird’ or ‘awkward’. Remember, maintaining confidence is essential.

You can find this handy tool in the settings section under ‘Manage my recommendations’ – alternatively you can click on this link:

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Follow the 4 simple steps presented and you’re on your way to receiving a recommendation.

Top Tip: Write somebody a recommendation first, chances are they will be courteous enough to write one back.

Once you have these sections added, your profile will start looking more complete and you will feel more confident with the overall presentation. It is always best to consider your profile as if you were a headhunter or recruiter (as we covered in part 1 of our series – click here to revisit) as it is always good to have an external perspective when reviewing.

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About the author

Michael O'Keeffe

A graduate from Fairfield University in New Media with a particular focus on Television, Michael has worked in social media since graduation. His expertise will offer a variety insights into how you can penetrate into the saturated executive job market.

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