changing jobs https://www.roberthalf.co.uk/ en Starting a new job? How to make the most of your first day https://www.roberthalf.co.uk/advice/career-advice/starting-new-job-how-make-most-your-first-day <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Starting a new job? How to make the most of your first day</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3906" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">roberthalf</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">4th, January, 2017</span> <div class="field field--name-field-eck-ref-featured-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="container-fluid rh-eck rh-featured-image-eck-paragraph clearfix"> <div class="row rh-featured-image-eck-paragraph__img-container"> <div class="rh-featured-image-eck-paragraph__img field field--name-field-eck-featured-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/roberthalf.co.uk/files/styles/full_width_content_image_1x_extra_large_1036/public/2017-11/thinkstockphotos-532606111.jpg?itok=QnfLgFj9 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1280px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/roberthalf.co.uk/files/styles/full_width_content_image_1x_large_823/public/2017-11/thinkstockphotos-532606111.jpg?itok=jQ7VFDJB 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/roberthalf.co.uk/files/styles/full_width_content_image_1x_medium_610/public/2017-11/thinkstockphotos-532606111.jpg?itok=XgMZL-VM 1x" media="all and (min-width: 768px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/roberthalf.co.uk/files/styles/full_width_content_image_1x_large_823/public/2017-11/thinkstockphotos-532606111.jpg?itok=jQ7VFDJB 823w" media="all and (min-width: 480px)" type="image/jpeg" sizes="90vw"/> <source srcset="/sites/roberthalf.co.uk/files/styles/full_width_content_image_1x_small_480/public/2017-11/thinkstockphotos-532606111.jpg?itok=W6IroJWV 480w" media="all and (max-width: 479px)" type="image/jpeg" sizes="80vw"/> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="/sites/roberthalf.co.uk/files/styles/full_width_content_image_1x_small_480/public/2017-11/thinkstockphotos-532606111.jpg?itok=W6IroJWV" alt="thinkstockphotos-532606111" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </div> </div> </div></div> <div class="field field--name-field-eck-ref-main-content field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="container-fluid rh-eck rh-rich-text-eck-paragraph clearfix"> <div class="row rh-rich-text-eck-paragraph__text-container"> <div class="rh-rich-text-eck-paragraph__text clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-eck-rich-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Even the most confident and talented employees are likely to feel a tinge of nerves and trepidation among the excitement of their first day at work at a new employer. However, that first day presents a number of great opportunities to make a fantastic first impression and immerse yourself in the culture of the office.</p> <h2>Preparing ahead of time</h2> <p>In the days before you're due to start, spend time reminding yourself of important facts about your new company. Undoubtedly, you'll have done your research during the interview process, but there's nothing wrong with refreshing your memory.</p> <p>Arrive on time and well-prepared, avoiding any external factors that could make you stressed; for example, it might be worth checking the the best route the night before to avoid any travel troubles as well. Also take time to double-check all the starting information you've received. If you're unsure of anything, get in touch with the HR department. Make note of a few essentials to take in with you, such as your bank account details, for a smoother transition.</p> <h2>Have a positive attitude</h2> <p>Put your fears to the back of your mind and start your first day at work with a positive attitude. As you make your new morning commute, take a few minutes to reflect on the fact that the company chose you for the job. Think about the skills and qualities you included on your CV and know that you have what it takes.</p> <h2>Banish those nerves</h2> <p>Your first day on the job is likely to be a whirlwind of introductions and new faces, so don't be shy about introducing yourself to your colleagues in the kitchen. If you know you've met someone but can't remember their name, make light of it and ask them to remind you. It's fine to struggle for the first few days, but you will eventually need to put the right name to the right face.</p> <h2>Have your introductory message in mind</h2> <p>On your first, be ready to share a little bit about yourself with your are introduced to your new colleagues. Don’t be defensive or cagey, but similarly don’t plunge into a full critique of previous unfulfilling roles and overly-personal details. You’re under no pressure to reveal anything you don’t want to; your background and a little bit about you as a person should be enough. As these will be the colleagues you will now be working with on a regular basis, it's important to make a great first impression so you can build strong working relationships.</p> <h2>Listen and learn</h2> <p>Be a sponge and accept as much information as you can, about as many aspects of the role as you think you need to know. The first few days and weeks in a role can often require a steep learning curve, so don't be afraid to take notes to help you remember any new processes, software or  activities of the business down the track. Imagine that someone at the end of the week will ask you about your role or business unit – what would your answers be?</p> <p>At the same time, don't be prepared to ask any questions – it's better to make sure you're getting things right than to work away in uncertainty. No one expects you to know everything from the get-go, or to solve every problem on your first day, so ask as many questions as you need to make sure you have a clear understanding of any expectations.</p> <h2>Steer clear of office politics and gossip</h2> <p>This is one of the worst things you can do on the first day at work, or indeed in the first few weeks. Don’t put yourself in a position of vulnerability by joining the office rumour mill instead, just politely accept or deflect their opinions without inviting controversy.</p> <h2>Leave in a positive way – you won’t learn or know everything in one day!</h2> <p>By the end of the day you will have a much better understanding of your new role, even if you haven't touched on every aspect of the role. Consider the positives of working with your new colleagues, the new challenges that you will face and reflect on the the reasons that you decided to accept the job offer before you head into day two.</p> </div> </div> </div></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix rh-taxonomy-list"> <div class="field__label inline rh-taxonomy-list__list-name">Tags</div> <dl class='links rh-taxonomy-list__list'> <span class="rh-taxonomy-list__list-term"><div about="/term/changing-jobs" id="taxonomy-term-5997" class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-tags"> <dt class="rh-taxonomy-list__taxonomy-term"><a href="/term/changing-jobs"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">changing jobs</div> </a></dt> </div> </span> </dl> </div> Wed, 04 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0000 roberthalf 924 at https://www.roberthalf.co.uk How to serve your notice period professionally https://www.roberthalf.co.uk/advice/resignation/how-serve-your-notice-period-professionally <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">How to serve your notice period professionally</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/7331" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">robert.half</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">3rd, May, 2018</span> <div class="field field--name-field-eck-ref-featured-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="container-fluid rh-eck rh-featured-image-eck-paragraph clearfix"> <div class="row rh-featured-image-eck-paragraph__img-container"> <div class="rh-featured-image-eck-paragraph__img field field--name-field-eck-featured-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/roberthalf.co.uk/files/styles/full_width_content_image_1x_extra_large_1036/public/2018-05/shutterstock_1043108527%20%281%29.jpg?itok=sliN6QfB 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1280px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/roberthalf.co.uk/files/styles/full_width_content_image_1x_large_823/public/2018-05/shutterstock_1043108527%20%281%29.jpg?itok=voqGejjb 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/roberthalf.co.uk/files/styles/full_width_content_image_1x_medium_610/public/2018-05/shutterstock_1043108527%20%281%29.jpg?itok=qiNW4Ijj 1x" media="all and (min-width: 768px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/roberthalf.co.uk/files/styles/full_width_content_image_1x_large_823/public/2018-05/shutterstock_1043108527%20%281%29.jpg?itok=voqGejjb 823w" media="all and (min-width: 480px)" type="image/jpeg" sizes="90vw"/> <source srcset="/sites/roberthalf.co.uk/files/styles/full_width_content_image_1x_small_480/public/2018-05/shutterstock_1043108527%20%281%29.jpg?itok=xfs2bXag 480w" media="all and (max-width: 479px)" type="image/jpeg" sizes="80vw"/> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="/sites/roberthalf.co.uk/files/styles/full_width_content_image_1x_small_480/public/2018-05/shutterstock_1043108527%20%281%29.jpg?itok=xfs2bXag" alt="Advice on how to serve your notice period" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </div> </div> </div></div> <div class="field field--name-field-eck-ref-main-content field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="container-fluid rh-eck rh-rich-text-eck-paragraph clearfix"> <div class="row rh-rich-text-eck-paragraph__text-container"> <div class="rh-rich-text-eck-paragraph__text clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-eck-rich-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Maintaining your professional reputation can come down to how well you pass the baton. Regardless of why you’re leaving a job it’s important to know how to serve your notice period professionally so that your reputation remains in great shape.</p> <h2>Serve your notice period productively</h2> <p>Your notice period can seem like a countdown of days to get through but don’t be tempted to drop everything and leave a mess of unfinished business.</p> <p>Remember, you are <a href="https://www.roberthalf.co.uk/advice/resignation/what-notice-period-things-you-should-know-you-quit">serving your notice period</a>; you’re not on leave. And while it may not be possible to complete all your projects before your last day, working out a plan of priorities and actions with your manager can help you finish key tasks before you leave.</p> <p>While you may not be required to attend meetings or engage in planning for new ventures during your notice period, this shouldn’t be seen as a cue to take extremely long lunch breaks or arrive to work late. If anything, use your new-found free time to help out colleagues with their tasks. Or, if your replacement has already come on board, take the time to explain the finer aspects of the job to streamline the handover.</p> <h2>Focus on the positive</h2> <p>Stay professional at all times while serving out your notice period. Importantly, resist the urge to gossip or complain about your boss and co-workers. You may be leaving, but your colleagues aren’t and there’s no good reason to lower their morale with negativity.</p> <p>Instead, focus on everything you’ve enjoyed about the job and the company. On top of sending an e-mail to thank everyone for the experience, consider giving a small gift that all members of your team can share as a token of your appreciation.</p> <h2>Remain diplomatic</h2> <p>Honesty may be the best policy but when it comes to serving out your notice period, some things are best left unsaid.</p> <p>This is never more important than if you are asked to provide feedback about the company in an exit interview or survey. Where that’s the case, aim to strike a balance between truth and tact. Your employer will be more likely to take your comments on board if they are presented as constructive criticism rather than unsubstantiated or salacious sneers. A few negative jibes can easily damage your professional reputation.</p> <h2>Remember, actions speak louder than words</h2> <p>If you’re unsure about how to serve out your notice period professionally, just aim to take the moral high ground.</p> <p>Even if you feel you have been wronged by the company, there is a time and place to set the record straight. That time is not when you’re about to leave the company, especially if you’re planning to ask for a recommendation or professional reference.</p> <h2>Don’t take a change in team spirit personally</h2> <p>People deal with the coming and going of co-workers differently, and it pays not to feel disheartened if your colleagues aren’t inclined to include you in their chat while you’re serving your notice period. Some colleagues may even try to maintain their distance, especially if your new job is with a competitor.</p> <p>It can be hard if you feel you’re no longer part of a familiar team, however a positive attitude helps to break down barriers. Keep a smile on your face as you work through each business day and remember it won’t be long before you’re in a new and exciting role.</p> <h2>Handling goodbyes during your notice period</h2> <p>Use your notice period to <a href="https://www.roberthalf.co.uk/advice/career-development/power-business-networking-and-how-improve">strengthen your professional network</a>. Bring morning tea to work for your colleagues before you leave, and where possible accept invitations for a farewell lunch, drinks or dinner. It’s your chance to have informal chats with co-workers, reminisce over past successes and pass on details of how colleagues can stay connected with you.</p> <p>Emotions may run high in the pressure of a workplace, but your most difficult colleagues may turn out to be really nice people outside of the office. Even if they aren’t, that’s behind you now and you’ve got a new stage in your career to look forward to.</p> <p>Serving out your notice period in a professional way can ensure the experience gained in your current role serves you well in the next phase of your career – and beyond.</p> </div> </div> </div></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix rh-taxonomy-list"> <div class="field__label inline rh-taxonomy-list__list-name">Tags</div> <dl class='links rh-taxonomy-list__list'> <span class="rh-taxonomy-list__list-term"><div about="/term/changing-jobs" id="taxonomy-term-5997" class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-tags"> <dt class="rh-taxonomy-list__taxonomy-term"><a href="/term/changing-jobs"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">changing jobs</div> </a></dt> </div> </span>, <span class="rh-taxonomy-list__list-term"><div about="/term/career-progression" id="taxonomy-term-6027" class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-tags"> <dt class="rh-taxonomy-list__taxonomy-term"><a href="/term/career-progression"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">career progression</div> </a></dt> </div> </span>, <span class="rh-taxonomy-list__list-term"><div about="/term/notice-period" id="taxonomy-term-6461" class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-tags"> <dt class="rh-taxonomy-list__taxonomy-term"><a href="/term/notice-period"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">notice period</div> </a></dt> </div> </span> </dl> </div> Thu, 03 May 2018 09:00:00 +0000 robert.half 33581 at https://www.roberthalf.co.uk What is a notice period: things you should know before you quit https://www.roberthalf.co.uk/advice/resignation/what-notice-period-things-you-should-know-you-quit <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">What is a notice period: things you should know before you quit</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/7331" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">robert.half</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">19th, March, 2018</span> <div class="field field--name-field-eck-ref-featured-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="container-fluid rh-eck rh-featured-image-eck-paragraph clearfix"> <div class="row rh-featured-image-eck-paragraph__img-container"> <div class="rh-featured-image-eck-paragraph__img field field--name-field-eck-featured-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/roberthalf.co.uk/files/styles/full_width_content_image_1x_extra_large_1036/public/2018-03/shutterstock_676543438%20%281%29.jpg?itok=pnbjdA2v 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1280px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/roberthalf.co.uk/files/styles/full_width_content_image_1x_large_823/public/2018-03/shutterstock_676543438%20%281%29.jpg?itok=E2i55xTv 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/roberthalf.co.uk/files/styles/full_width_content_image_1x_medium_610/public/2018-03/shutterstock_676543438%20%281%29.jpg?itok=cKDNCUWE 1x" media="all and (min-width: 768px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/roberthalf.co.uk/files/styles/full_width_content_image_1x_large_823/public/2018-03/shutterstock_676543438%20%281%29.jpg?itok=E2i55xTv 823w" media="all and (min-width: 480px)" type="image/jpeg" sizes="90vw"/> <source srcset="/sites/roberthalf.co.uk/files/styles/full_width_content_image_1x_small_480/public/2018-03/shutterstock_676543438%20%281%29.jpg?itok=YzoguZcl 480w" media="all and (max-width: 479px)" type="image/jpeg" sizes="80vw"/> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="/sites/roberthalf.co.uk/files/styles/full_width_content_image_1x_small_480/public/2018-03/shutterstock_676543438%20%281%29.jpg?itok=YzoguZcl" alt="Employee handing in their resignation" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </div> </div> </div></div> <div class="field field--name-field-eck-ref-main-content field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="container-fluid rh-eck rh-rich-text-eck-paragraph clearfix"> <div class="row rh-rich-text-eck-paragraph__text-container"> <div class="rh-rich-text-eck-paragraph__text clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-eck-rich-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Is it absolutely necessary to work a notice period? If you’ve <a href="/advice/resignation/you-quit-ask-yourself-these-questions" title="Considered all the options">considered all the options</a> available to you within your current role and are certain that no improvements can be made, you’ll need to have a full understanding of your contracted notice period before you <a href="https://www.roberthalf.co.uk/advice/resignation/how-resign">hand in your resignation</a>. Here’s everything you need to know about notice periods.</p> <h2>What is a notice period?</h2> <p>A notice period is the time between submitting your letter of resignation and your final day at work. As the name suggests, it gives your employers enough notice to hire a suitable replacement to fill your role. It also gives you time to organise a comprehensive handover of your tasks and projects.</p> <p>A notice period is also an opportunity for you to voice any concerns you have about the business or culture via an exit interview. Your employers can use the information to continue to evolve internal processes and culture, so they can retain remaining professionals and improve themselves. </p> <p><em><strong>Related: </strong></em><a href="/advice/finding-job/finding-right-cultural-fit" title="How to find the right cultural fit">How to find the right cultural fit</a></p> <h2>Can you get out of a notice period?</h2> <p>It is usually standard process for businesses to insist upon some form of notice period, and the majority will have it written into employment contracts. However, you can negotiate better leaving terms for yourself if you need to. </p> <p>Your notice period can be reduced, pending the agreement of your employer. You can make a strong case for early release by presenting an action plan to have any urgent work finished and an adequate handover prepared. </p> <p>Breaching your contract and leaving without working your agreed notice period can result in your employer taking you to court, especially if they stand to lose earnings through your absence.</p> <h2>How long is a standard notice period?</h2> <p>As a general rule of thumb, the length of your notice period will depend on how long you’ve been with the company and how senior your position is. </p> <p>If you are junior or have worked at the company for less than two years, the standard notice period is one week. If you have been with the company for two years or more, you’ll usually be expected to give a week for every complete year you’ve worked. </p> <p>If you don’t have a notice period written into your contract, Citizens Advice recommend leaving at least one week’s notice as a courtesy. You might be tempted to skip this, but maintaining a good relationship with your employers can be very beneficial for your career in the longer term. You can build your professional network with ex-colleagues and will still have the option to ask management for positive referrals or testimonials.</p> <h2>Why you should know your notice period when you hand in your resignation</h2> <p>It’s always advantageous to know your rights as an employee before taking any drastic action in the workplace, resignation included. Before you commit anything to paper and call a meeting with your manager, ensure you check your contract to see what the terms of termination are and how much notice you need to give.</p> <p>When you <a href="/advice/resignation/how-write-resignation-letter" title="Write your letter of resignation">write your letter of resignation</a>, you should include your notice period and the date of your last day, so that there can be no disputes further down the line. It also helps to date your letter on the day you submit it, to cover all the bases. </p> <p><em>Once your notice period is complete, <a href="https://www.roberthalf.co.uk/submit-cv">submit your CV </a>to the Robert Half team and let us help you plan your next career move.</em></p> </div> </div> </div></div> <div class="field__item"> <div class="container-fluid rh-eck rh-rich-text-eck-paragraph clearfix"> <div class="row rh-rich-text-eck-paragraph__text-container"> <div class="rh-rich-text-eck-paragraph__text clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-eck-rich-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="text-center"><a class="btn btn-primary rh-button-normal" href="/submit-cv">Submit your CV</a></div> </div> </div> </div></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix rh-taxonomy-list"> <div class="field__label inline rh-taxonomy-list__list-name">Tags</div> <dl class='links rh-taxonomy-list__list'> <span class="rh-taxonomy-list__list-term"><div about="/term/career-change" id="taxonomy-term-5996" class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-tags"> <dt class="rh-taxonomy-list__taxonomy-term"><a href="/term/career-change"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">career change</div> </a></dt> </div> </span>, <span class="rh-taxonomy-list__list-term"><div about="/term/changing-jobs" id="taxonomy-term-5997" class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-tags"> <dt class="rh-taxonomy-list__taxonomy-term"><a href="/term/changing-jobs"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">changing jobs</div> </a></dt> </div> </span> </dl> </div> Mon, 19 Mar 2018 08:45:00 +0000 robert.half 28991 at https://www.roberthalf.co.uk LinkedIn profile tips every professional should know https://www.roberthalf.co.uk/advice/finding-job/linkedin-profile-tips-every-professional-should-know <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">LinkedIn profile tips every professional should know</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3906" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">roberthalf</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">22nd, August, 2017</span> <div class="field field--name-field-eck-ref-featured-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="container-fluid rh-eck rh-featured-image-eck-paragraph clearfix"> <div class="row rh-featured-image-eck-paragraph__img-container"> <div class="rh-featured-image-eck-paragraph__img field field--name-field-eck-featured-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/roberthalf.co.uk/files/styles/full_width_content_image_1x_extra_large_1036/public/2017-11/thinkstockphotos-825230884_0.jpg?itok=RCddIikr 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1280px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/roberthalf.co.uk/files/styles/full_width_content_image_1x_large_823/public/2017-11/thinkstockphotos-825230884_0.jpg?itok=qYYgS8dp 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/roberthalf.co.uk/files/styles/full_width_content_image_1x_medium_610/public/2017-11/thinkstockphotos-825230884_0.jpg?itok=f4Z2mouC 1x" media="all and (min-width: 768px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/roberthalf.co.uk/files/styles/full_width_content_image_1x_large_823/public/2017-11/thinkstockphotos-825230884_0.jpg?itok=qYYgS8dp 823w" media="all and (min-width: 480px)" type="image/jpeg" sizes="90vw"/> <source srcset="/sites/roberthalf.co.uk/files/styles/full_width_content_image_1x_small_480/public/2017-11/thinkstockphotos-825230884_0.jpg?itok=Dt1wnEVa 480w" media="all and (max-width: 479px)" type="image/jpeg" sizes="80vw"/> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img src="/sites/roberthalf.co.uk/files/styles/full_width_content_image_1x_small_480/public/2017-11/thinkstockphotos-825230884_0.jpg?itok=Dt1wnEVa" alt="Woman sitting on a yellow sofa reviewing her profile on LinkedIn" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </div> </div> </div></div> <div class="field field--name-field-eck-ref-main-content field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="container-fluid rh-eck rh-rich-text-eck-paragraph clearfix"> <div class="row rh-rich-text-eck-paragraph__text-container"> <div class="rh-rich-text-eck-paragraph__text clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-eck-rich-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>LinkedIn has the potential to accelerate your career—whether you’re actively looking for new opportunities or not.</p> <p>The social media platform recently revealed that they currently have 500 million users, a figure which is up from the 467 million mark it released last October. With this much reach on offer, it’s worth taking a few minutes to run through these guidelines to check your LinkedIn profile strength.</p> <h2>Common LinkedIn profile mistakes</h2> <p>Before you start improving your profile, it’s a good idea to look at some common LinkedIn mistakes to see where you might be going wrong.</p> <ul><li> <h3>An unprofessional profile photo</h3> </li> </ul><p>Profiles with a professional headshot get <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/linkedin-numbers-2017-statistics-meenakshi-chaudhary">14 times more views</a> than those without, proving that it’s just as essential as your experience, headline or summary. Common LinkedIn profile picture mistakes include using a company logo instead of your face, using a family photo, or failing to upload a picture at all.</p> <ul><li> <h3>Not filling out the summary section</h3> </li> </ul><p>If you aren’t actively looking for new job opportunities, filling out the summary section of your LinkedIn profile can seem like a chore not worth doing.</p> <p>In fact, your summary acts as a personal introduction for recruiters and is a good place to add keywords. Our experts recommend including a paragraph on who you are, one on what you do professionally and one that details what your company does.  </p> <ul><li> <h3>Basic spelling and grammar errors</h3> </li> </ul><p>Your LinkedIn profile should undergo the same amount of scrutiny that your CV does with regard to error-checking. One minor error could cost you a great opportunity.</p> <h2>How to write a great LinkedIn profile</h2> <p>There are some simple steps you can take to instantly improve how easy your profile is for head hunters and recruiters to find and how effective it is at selling your skillset, personality and experience.</p> <ul><li> <h3>Tailor it to attract your ideal recruiter</h3> </li> </ul><p>Much like <a href="/advice/cv-and-cover-letters/are-personal-statements-new-cover-letter">writing a cover letter</a>, think about the kinds of roles and recruiters you’d like to appeal to and tailor your LinkedIn profile to match. Your dream job could go to someone else just because you didn’t articulate your specialty effectively.</p> <ul><li> <h3>Use targeted keywords</h3> </li> </ul><p>In order for recruiters and head hunters to find you, you’ll need to<a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com/susan-p-joyce/20-kinds-of-keywords-jobs_b_5092363.html" title="add some keywords to your profile"> </a><a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com/susan-p-joyce/20-kinds-of-keywords-jobs_b_5092363.html" title="add some keywords to your profile">add some keywords to your profile</a>. Think about the roles you’d like to be considered for and include some relevant keywords in your job title, skills and summary.</p> <ul><li> <h3>Highlight your achievements</h3> </li> </ul><p>Using the experience section of your profile to talk about responsibilities you had in previous positions is a common error that many people make. Instead, use it as a way to advertise yourself, your brand and to highlight your achievements.  </p> <ul><li> <h3>Make your headline count</h3> </li> </ul><p>Aside from your name, your LinkedIn headline is a crucial element in standing out and attracting the right attention. The <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140611214034-7483005-please-change-your-linkedin-headline-now-here-s-why-and-how">recommended formula</a> is to say what you are, say who you are, say why you make work/life better and to give proof that substantiates it.</p> <ul><li> <h3>Ask for recommendations</h3> </li> </ul><p>Don’t be afraid to approach past and present colleagues for recommendations and endorsements. It’s a good way to strengthen the content on your profile and helps to ‘verify’ your skillset. </p> <p>Use these tips to reassess your profile and try making changes to any weak areas that can be improved. If you are looking for new opportunities, you can use your LinkedIn profile to <a href="https://www.roberthalf.co.uk/submit-resume">upload your CV to the Robert Half website</a> and maximise your hiring chances. </p> <div class="text-center"><a class="btn btn-primary rh-button-normal" href="/submit-resume">Submit your CV</a></div> </div> </div> </div></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix rh-taxonomy-list"> <div class="field__label inline rh-taxonomy-list__list-name">Tags</div> <dl class='links rh-taxonomy-list__list'> <span class="rh-taxonomy-list__list-term"><div about="/term/social-media" id="taxonomy-term-5963" class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-tags"> <dt class="rh-taxonomy-list__taxonomy-term"><a href="/term/social-media"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">social media</div> </a></dt> </div> </span>, <span class="rh-taxonomy-list__list-term"><div about="/term/job-search-0" id="taxonomy-term-5955" class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-tags"> <dt class="rh-taxonomy-list__taxonomy-term"><a href="/term/job-search-0"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">job search</div> </a></dt> </div> </span>, <span class="rh-taxonomy-list__list-term"><div about="/term/changing-jobs" id="taxonomy-term-5997" class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-tags"> <dt class="rh-taxonomy-list__taxonomy-term"><a href="/term/changing-jobs"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">changing jobs</div> </a></dt> </div> </span> </dl> </div> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 11:23:58 +0000 roberthalf 1021 at https://www.roberthalf.co.uk