“If it’s been a couple of years since your last jobs search, you’ll notice that the world of recruitment has changed and you’ll need to refresh your online profile before applying for jobs,” says Barney Ely, Director of Hays Human Resources.
“Most people stop at updating their profile and aligning their activities with the personal brand they want to project. But employers often go further and look at the quality of your connections, particularly if you are applying for a role where a relevant network is important.
“So review your profile objectively and ask yourself what your connections say about you. Make sure they are relevant to your world of work, such as colleagues, industry contacts, professionals you liaise with and recruiters.”
“For many employers, the value you can bring to their business is an important consideration in their hiring decision. Your connections can show potential employers that you are associated with people relevant to your field, which can be a powerful endorsement of your reach,” he said.
It is equally important to connect with an expert recruiter, “Engage with a recruiter who is an expert in your field and who can put you in touch with the best range of job opportunities to advance your career,” said Barney.
And when you receive an invitation to connect, check that person’s profile. “We’ve all received invitations from people we’ve never heard of asking us to add them to our LinkedIn network. It’s wise to check their profile and if they do not work in a field or industry associated with yours, ask yourself what you could gain from the connection,” he said.
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Hays plc (the "Group") is a leading global professional recruiting group. The Group is the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide, being the market leader in the UK and Asia Pacific and one of the market leaders in Continental Europe and Latin America. The Group operates across the private and public sectors, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments. As at 30 June 2014 the Group employed 8,237 staff operating from 237 offices in 33 countries across 20 specialisms. For the year ended 30 June 2014:
- the Group reported net fees of £724.9 million and operating profit (pre-exceptional items) of £140.3 million;
- the Group placed around 57,000 candidates into permanent jobs and around 212,000 people into temporary assignments;
- 24% of Group net fees were generated in Asia Pacific, 42% in Continental Europe & RoW (CERoW) and 34% in the United Kingdom & Ireland;
- the temporary placement business represented 59% of net fees and the permanent placement business represented 41% of net fees;
- Hays operates in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Chile, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, the UK and the USA