What I’d like to share with you today is three great ways to not get hired via LinkedIn. If you happen to be skimming this post, please make sure you clearly saw the word “not” in the headline.
Why am I going to share these three reasons with you? Because I’ve seen them occur more times than I’d like to admit. They are silly mistakes that borderline amateur… and no one likes to fall in that category, right?
Here we go.
1. Not Reading – It has occurred to me that some people will browse LinkedIn job titles and read the first sentence, and then click the little Apply button.
The third sentence could literally read “You will be required to be an ax murderer on Thursdays” and folks would have no clue.
It’s also great when someone applies for a position and as you are reading their resume you realize they might be overqualified so you make a salary requirements inquiry. They then tell you double what was clearly stated in your job listing. Did they read the initial listing? Heck no!
2. No Resume – Social media has made people lazy. LinkedIn, for some really absurd reason, allows people to apply for a job without including a resume (they really need to make it an option for companies to require).
Yes. People apply for a job without including their resume.
In what altered state of thinking is it OK to apply for a job without submitting a resume? Oh, and if you are thinking, “Their LinkedIn profile is their resume,” not hardly. Most people have incomplete profiles and don’t list more than where they work or have worked.
3. Not Getting Notifications – Hypothetically, lets say an offender of number two grabs your interest for one reason or another.
So now you message them through LinkedIn to get their resume. Days go by and you get no response.
Then, miraculously (if you are lucky) you get an email from someone weeks later that says, “Sorry for the delay. Here’s my resume. I don’t check my LinkedIn messages that often and don’t get notifications.” That’s crazy making.
LinkedIn can be a great tool for networking and job hunting, but doing any of these three things can drastically hurt your chances of landing a job.