As a Talent Acquisition Recruiter on the GigNow team, one of the tools I rely heavily on when sourcing for top contractor talent is LinkedIn. A well-crafted LinkedIn profile tells us more of a story regarding your expertise and interests than a typical resume would communicate. As you would imagine, a LinkedIn profile that is not updated or incomplete will likely put you at a disadvantage if you are seeking your next contract opportunity. Here are a few simple ways that you can improve your LinkedIn profile to make it stand out to recruiters who are looking to engage with top contractor talent like yourself!
1. A Profile Photo
An appropriate profile photo allows us as the recruiter to identify with you outside of just the words on your resume. There is no need to hire a professional photographer to take fancy headshots, but it would be best if your photo only included yourself and no additional people or animals (keep those photos for Facebook and Instagram)!
2. A Headline
What do you excel at? What is your area of expertise? What are you passionate about? This headline portion of your LinkedIn profile is a great space to