The data science community on LinkedIn one of the most active community on social media. As LinkedIn is one of the top recruiting platforms, there have been many instances where aspirants got noticed on their LinkedIn profiles and were eventually hired by companies. LinkedIn is an excellent and great platform for interesting data science-related opportunities.
We present you with a list of pointers on how you can improve your LinkedIn profile and get hired:
1.Post your hackathon accomplishments
Participating in data science and machine learning competitions like the ones on Kaggle or MachineHack bear greater importance than courses certificates. This specifically comes in handy because these are bigger proof of your skills. Competing in Kaggle competitions and contributing to open-source projects are not only ways to learn and improve but also help in promoting capability in ways that courses cannot do. Recruiters take notice of these accomplishments and would even be an advantage if you are not very experienced.
2.Write and share technical blogs
It is always good to have a summary of your background on your LinkedIn expressing how you developed the data science skills that you possess and what your objectives are as an individual. You can start your own blog, choosing the topics that you want to talk about and think will showcase your skills well and share them to get noticed.
If you have taken any online or offline data science course, include them under Education. Mention every skill that you learn in these courses. A data science project at work would go under the category of responsibilities and you should describe whether or not it was a group project. Include the team members names as your project partners if the project was a group project and describe the tasks done by each of them, including the tools and techniques used. List down everything that you learnt from the project and the courses and the topics you have learned in the course duration, in your LinkedIn profile. You could also add links to your projects if they are uploaded on platforms like Github. To evidence and promote your capability, add all this to your CV, LinkedIn and GitHub, if you have a profile.
4.Ask for recommendations
If your LinkedIn profile is going to be a first impression of the kind of employee that you are is not the standard, traditional way of getting hired. So if someone wants to get you hired right from your profile, they will need proof and strong recommendations work wonders in this case. Always ask for recommendations for skills from people you think will give huge value to your profile, and for skills that you think would add huge value. Ask recommendations from your current or past supervisors, bosses or even colleagues. LinkedIn recommendations stand out, especially if they have been made by industry leaders or people that are reliable to the recruiters.
“They’re hard to acquire, and people’s names, faces, and public personas are on the line when it comes to vouching for you; the more you have, the better, simple as that,” says Joey Rahimi of Aiken House. “It is very rare that anyone has more than a few unless they take their career very seriously.”
5.Have a personalised LinkedIn URL
LinkedIn, by default, has a numerical value assigned after the URL of your profile. Make your profile URL personalised by removing the URL value and adding your name in place of it. It will also help others to remember your profile who knows your name. So, always personalise your LinkedIn URL.
6.Identify suitable recruiters
Not every recruiter will be interested in the kind of profile that you have. Monitor for job advertisements in data science and search for recruiters on LinkedIn and talk to them about your interests once you find them. You will want to study what existing relationships the recruiters have. A practice called reverse-marketing, for example, candidates are introduced to relevant businesses, irrespective of whether they have an open hire or not is one of the practices that is used to hire from LinkedIn.
7.Make your profile public
You cannot keep your profile private if you want it to be easily seen to the people. Make sure that your profile is public so that recruiters can find and know about you easily. Recruiters can easily find profiles that interest them using keywords and so you should add appropriate keywords and not keep the profile private,