More than words: How to get hired based on your online profile


Posted at Jan 30 2018 02:02 PM

MANILA - Job-hunters should "stand out" by selling their "authentic selves" instead of packing their online profiles with cliches, social networking service LinkedIn said.

Words used by Filipino job-hunters to prop up their profiles such as "experienced" and "skilled" are not enough to make them stand out, according to job-oriented service.

"Beyond using words to describe ourselves, we are also encouraging our members to stay engaged with their networks and establish a voice in their community," said Linda Lee, LinkedIn’s Head of Communications for Southeast Asia and North Asia.

Filipinos like to use the following words on their online job profiles, according to LinkedIn: experienced, skilled, specialize, leadership, expert, passionate, responsible, creative, motivated, and focused. 

Job seekers to keep their profiles active by following organizations that they intend to work for, making new connections in their fields, joining groups and participating in discussions, LinkedIn said.

"If you consider yourself a ‘specialist’, why not show this by tailoring your profile accordingly? List relevant skills which have been built up through your work experience," the social network said. 

Job candidates are also advised to show recruiters their creativity by including presentations, video, design work and projects on their profiles instead of simply describing themselves as creative. 

LinkedIn has around 4 million users in the Philippines.