Written by Aditya Sharma, Ph.D.
At this time, I was struggling with my project and with my supervisor.
Our funding was drying up and the project that I was forced to work on was a dead end.
I submitted data after data demonstrating that we should switch gears, but my supervisor would not hear it.
It was horrible having to work on a project that I knew was going to fail.
I was about to give up and I wanted out.
So, I threw together a LinkedIn profile to see what jobs were out there.
I thought my profile was excellent.
There was a great photo of me in a lab coat with some computer equipment behind me.
My headline read “PhD candidate”.
I wrote down all the techniques I knew how to do in my experience section.
I felt very accomplished — a company would be lucky to have me.
But, no one ever contacted me on LinkedIn. Not a single connection request or message — it was bizarre.
I put getting a job in the “too hard” bucket, set LinkedIn aside, and resumed my PhD work for the next few years.
But again, there came a day a few years on when I knew I had to get out of academia.
Things in the lab had deteriorated and I didn’t want to be there a single day longer.
This time, however, I sought help.
I found an alternative career mentor to help me learn what I needed to do to successfully leave academia.
One of the biggest “ah-ha” moments that I had was realizing what my LinkedIn profile should look like.
The LinkedIn platform is a great resource that I had been wasting with my profile that made me look like a silly, unprepared academic.
I learned how to make my profile look professional and respectable.
I learned how to network online with industry professionals, the right way.
I just learned so much.
And, it wasn’t long until the job offers started rolling in.
How A Professional LinkedIn Profile Will Boost Your Job Search
Your LinkedIn profile is the professional impression that you are giving to the more than 500 million people who use the LinkedIn platform.
And, within those 500 million users, there are many recruiters and hiring managers.
According to Jobvite, 87% of recruiters use LinkedIn to find job candidates.
Is your LinkedIn profile giving the right impression to potential employers?
If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, you are missing out on being seen by the vast majority of recruiters.
And, if you have a bad LinkedIn profile, it’s likely that you are being denied by recruiters, based on that poor profile.
But, what can you do to improve your LinkedIn profile?
What do recruiters want to see?
How is the LinkedIn algorithm judging your profile?
Well, for starters, according to LinkedIn, including a photo on your profile results in 36 times more message replies.
And, as reported by Money, including your location on your LinkedIn profile will cause a 23-fold increase of your appearance in search results.
These are just 2 of the many ways that you can optimize your LinkedIn profile.
The more you understand about how LinkedIn works and what employers are looking for, the better your profile will become.
And, to earn a high-level industry position, you must have a LinkedIn profile to match.
Is your LinkedIn profile worthy of earning you a PhD-level job?
Cheeky Scientist Top 5 LinkedIn Profile Articles
The majority of academic PhDs immensely undervalue LinkedIn.
But, to get hired in industry, you must adjust your focus.
LinkedIn should be a key component of your industry job search.
Here are the top 5 Cheeky Scientist articles about how PhDs can create high-quality LinkedIn profiles that they can use to get hired in industry...
LinkedIn can, and should, be a major asset to your job search.
LinkedIn provides PhDs with a platform to connect with industry professionals and build industry credibility before they have an industry job.
But, your academic training has not taught you how to use LinkedIn properly, and many PhDs don’t even think they need a LinkedIn profile.
Using LinkedIn to its fullest capacity offers a way for you to set yourself apart from other job candidates.
Put in the effort to learn how LinkedIn judges profiles and what recruiters and hiring managers are looking for on a job candidate’s LinkedIn profile so that your profile can be a major asset to your job search.
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Latest posts by Aditya Sharma, Ph.D. (see all)
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- Why Doing A Postdoc (Including An Industry Postdoc) Is A Waste Of Time For PhDs Interested In Industry - December 11, 2018