One of the biggest negatives of everyone I interviewed was an incomplete profile. “If a candidate doesn’t complete their profile with their relevant experience, it makes it hard to determine their qualifications when recruiting,” says Jason Woolwine, senior recruiter at Apptio, Inc.
Another issue is when the online profile doesn’t match the person’s resume, such as different dates, job titles, job descriptions or education. “We see it happen all the time and it raises some red flags,” Woolwine says.
“We are turned off by candidates who don’t have a complete job history, who didn’t give a brief description of their responsibilities in each position or who indicated they aren’t looking for new opportunities,” adds TJ Floyd, managing partner at Prodigy Resources. Floyd recommends that candidates “keep their profiles updated and indicate whether or not they want to hear about new opportunities.”
Other big negatives are poor grammar and bad pictures. “Bad grammar and spelling or appearing to leave out details can translate into the perception that the individual is lazy, doesn’t care or is hiding something,” Olsen says.
In addition, “profile pictures that lack professional judgment can appear to the recruiter that the candidate lacks professionalism,” adds Giustino.
All of those interviewed recommend that candidates take time to fill in key areas. “The more descriptive their profile is, the more likely the candidate will be called about positions that are a fit for them,” notes Evan Harris, client services manager at Prodigy Resources.
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