Are you getting matches with your Hired profile, but wish you received more? Here are five key ways to improve your candidate profile so you’re seen by more employers and increase the number of interview requests.
1. Enhance Your Profile with Keywords
How do companies search Hired for candidates that possess the skills they seek? They search our database using keywords based on the specializations needed to fill the role.
- Flesh out your work experience on the profile to include keywords commonly used in job descriptions for the roles you want. Many employers search for candidates with specific experience. Using these words in the description of your responsibilities and work projects helps display your profile in results.
- Don’t abbreviate skills. Use the full descriptor to surface your profile in employer keyword searches. For example, write Artificial Intelligence instead of AI; Machine Learning instead of ML. Or both!
- Often employers search for candidates with senior backgrounds. Even if you don’t currently have experience in a senior role but are working toward it, mention this keyword in some way. For example, you could say, “I was senior to XX employees.” Just be sure to accurately represent yourself to improve your chances of a match and a productive meeting.
- Word your profile so it accurately represents your goals. If you are currently an individual contributor but are looking to grow into a team lead role, mention this information in your headline.
2. Fill Out the Entire Profile
Take advantage of every opportunity provided in the Hired profile and fully complete all areas. Write enough information to reach the recommended character count in each profile field. Doing so increases the likelihood of your profile showing up in employer searches.
- Categorize your skills correctly to ensure you turn up in employer searches for candidates who possess these talents.
- Include all areas of your experience within your profile. Otherwise, you’ll miss out on the opportunity to be considered for roles that may be a good fit for you. Emphasize top skills by placing them at the top of your profile, and also highlight them within your work history.
- Include relevant skills you possess. If you have a skill listed, it should be something you are confident and competent in and would be able to perform on the job.
- If you pass an assessment for a certain skill, your profile displays a badge to help attract attention from employers.
Candidates who take assessments receive 30 percent more interview requests and double their chances of getting hired, and at a $12k higher salary!
Include all cities or locations you’re interested in, as well as the option for remote work. In today’s world, the majority of roles on the Hired platform are either fully remote or use a hybrid model, with time spent working remotely as well as on location. A whopping 80 percent of these roles will consider remote candidates.
Employers put a great deal of emphasis on years of experience when expanding or limiting their candidate pool. Be as accurate as possible when completing this section of your profile.
Do I Still Need to Attach a Resume?
Always attach your resume. Some employers require a copy of your resume to move forward internally with the hiring process. By providing this upfront, it may speed up the process. Recruiters are super busy these days, and in many cases, dealing with burn out. To improve your chances, make it easy for them to move you forward.
Review your profile information for accuracy. If you upload your resume, this content will populate the Work Experience section. It’s best to review this information to make sure nothing was lost in translation, formatting issues, and the content correctly represents you and your experience.
Related: Get a resume template and tips in this Resume Guide
3. Set Realistic Salary Expectations
Use Hired’s Salary Calculator to determine realistic expectations for compensation, and list your ideal salary in your profile. Hired’s salary field currently represents base salary, but some employers may share a more complete compensation package.
If the employer’s salary range is below your preferred base, don’t discount them right away. Find out if they make up for this drawback in other ways, such as through an enhanced benefits package.
4. Complete the Candidate Wishlist for the Best Matches
The candidate wishlist shares your interests with potential employers. It includes details such as the industries you’d like to work in, the company size, tech stacks, and the types of roles you desire.
Be sure to complete the candidate wishlist to help companies find your Hired profile. Employers have the opportunity to search for candidates based on these parameters. This helps them identify potential matches for their available positions.
Don’t discount an employer who reaches out just because the company isn’t a perfect match according to your wishlist information. If they are reaching out, your profile really excited them about connecting with you! You might be a better fit for a company’s role than you think!
5. Stay Engaged
Be responsive whenever you receive communication with a potential employer through Hired. Candidates who respond to employer communications within 48 hours get a green checkmark on their profiles. This symbol indicates to employers you are active on the platform and an engaged candidate.
- If you receive an “ask me anything” question from a potential employer, respond as soon as possible to increase your chances of receiving an interview request.
- As you correspond with potential employers, keep things professional and be mindful of your language and tone. The Hired user you are speaking with could be a member of the company’s senior leadership team, human resources personnel, or your next boss.
You can engage with as many companies as you’d like at one time as long as you continue to respond to requests. Be confident with employers about your popularity as a candidate, but there’s no need to give them tons of detail about your communications with other companies.
Be advised, declining a company’s interest removes you from consideration for that specific role or internal job requisition. Based on each company’s cool down time, they are able to reach out to you in the future regarding relevant openings.
Connect with Your New Employer on Hired
Filling out your Hired candidate profile is only part of the battle when it comes to earning more job interview requests from leading employers. To ensure hiring managers find and interact with your profile, take time to optimize your content using these tips. Our team has used them to help many job seekers get recognized for their assets and increase the number of interview requests they receive.
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