If you’re actively job seeking, it’s important to know what internal recruiters might be looking for when considering potential hires for their teams. Brooke Stemen, Director of Talent Acquisition at Green Key, has years of experience scouring LinkedIn profiles and resumes for potential candidates. She elaborates on the key elements, or “green flags,” she finds necessary for recruiting candidates to exhibit when applying for internal roles.
LinkedIn Green Flags
On LinkedIn, there is a feature within your profile where you can check off that you are “open to work.” Brooke emphasizes using this button with cause significantly more recruiters to reach out you, as it will immediately notify recruiters that you are either actively job hunting or open to conversations about new opportunities.
Recruiters also pay strong attention to your current job title and description. Stemen explains, “Your job description needs to be specific and quantifiable. This is your brag box. Share your production GM/weekly spread and skillsets you support.” By having these details in your profiles internal recruiters can more efficiently identify strong recruiting talent and are more likely to reach out to you regarding opportunities!
Brooke also reiterates the importance of LinkedIn connections, especially within the staffing industry. “I always look at the number of connections a candidate has and how they interact with people on the platform,” she says. “As recruiters, we are professional networkers and LinkedIn is one of our most prevalent tools. I want to see how potential hires utilize the tool. Depending on your industry, building a large community of connections is crucial. Recruiters take this into account when reviewing your profile.”
Resume Green Flags
Your resume is just as important as your LinkedIn profile. In fact, Brooke reminds us that your resume and LinkedIn should match each other. “Both should be up to date and be full of the same information,” she adds.
Your resume is a perfect place to emphasize your accomplishments and highlight your talents. However, be sure to remain specific. “Avoid generic verbiage. For example, instead of putting ‘utilizes sourcing tools,’ list out the tools you’re familiar with using,” Brooke says. “When I receive a resume with nothing but broad language, it doesn’t give me an idea to who this candidate really is or how their experience will add to the team.”
Brooke suggests including production numbers and important projects you may have accomplished in previous roles. “Get specific with the numbers and results of production,” she stresses. “Your resume should be a true reflection of your performance and how you can use that successfully in a new opportunity.”
Contact Green Key
If you are currently job seeking, or simply open to new work, don’t hesitate to connect with Brooke on LinkedIn or browse our open jobs. The talented recruiters at Green Key are here to help you through the journey or applications and interviews, as well as the prep work it takes to perfect your profiles and resumes. Connect with us today!