Employees with LinkedIn profiles are often offered low pay in exchange for posting job opportunities and getting in touch with recruiters.
But with new employees becoming increasingly important in the global economy, the profiles can also have a big impact on their pay, says Jason Smith, senior research associate at the consulting firm Equilar.
“They’re going to want to use their LinkedIn profile to say they can get in touch and get work done.”
With the growth in the number of online workers, it’s clear LinkedIn’s profile can help to attract the right talent.
For example, if you’re an IT professional with an MBA, you might find an opportunity to work on an application that asks you to create a LinkedIn profile that includes your credentials.
“It might be helpful to list what you’re doing in IT and the kind of roles you’re interested in,” says Smith.
“If you’re working in finance, it might be useful to say that you’re applying for finance jobs and the types of jobs you’re looking for.”
The same is true for any of the different types of positions.
“People are going to have different kinds of jobs that they’re interested on LinkedIn,” says John Dehlin, managing director of Equilar’s recruiting and staffing practice.
“For example, you could list your job responsibilities, your responsibilities as a trainer, how much you’ll be paid, how many hours you’ll get a week, and you might also list other things like your travel and travel expenses.”
In this case, you can see if you could get a lower salary if you applied on LinkedIn.
But if you apply for a job with a specific job title and a specific salary, it could also have an impact on your compensation.
For instance, if a position requires you to spend a lot of time online, that could have an effect on your pay.
“I would say it’s going to affect the salary,” says Dehlins.
But you also need to be careful when looking for the right job because the profiles might not be relevant to your specific skills.
“You might see a LinkedIn job description that doesn’t have much about the company you work for,” he says.
“But if it’s related to your expertise or the company that you work at, then you might get more money.”
For instance if you work as a recruiter, you need to understand the job requirements of the job.
If you have a high level of skill, it may make more sense to apply to a position that involves a more hands-on approach, which could result in a higher salary.
“Even though you might have a good LinkedIn profile, you still need to pay attention to the job description because that might be the one that you end up with,” says Paul Saffold, CEO of CareerBuilder.
He says he is wary of hiring employees with profiles that do not have a clear and specific focus.
“In my experience, they are not necessarily relevant to the type of job you’re trying to do,” he explains.
The other issue is that the profile is not necessarily tailored to the position you’re in, so it can also affect the type and size of your paycheques.
If the profile includes a company name, for example, it would seem to be more appropriate to apply for more senior positions.
But in this case it could make you feel less qualified because you’re not the highest paid person in the office.
“That would make you more nervous, especially if you have an MBA,” says Saffolds.
“There’s an implicit assumption that you should have an excellent profile, but if it doesn’t say that, it doesn- you might think, ‘Well, maybe I should have done this.'”
There are other problems too.
While a profile may be relevant, it does not guarantee that the job will be relevant.
If a profile doesn’t mention a specific position or company, it can mean you may not get the job or even a job that’s a direct match.
If your profile doesn�t say you work in finance or IT, you may be stuck with an empty bank account.
“One of the biggest issues we’ve seen in recruiting is people who have LinkedIn profiles don’t have a specific area of expertise,” says Robyn Trenberth, vice president of recruiting and HR at HRG.
“Some of these people don’t know much about their industry and don’t think that they should have a job based on a LinkedIn account.
We’ve seen a lot more people being pushed to fill positions that are directly related to their work.”
While it is always important to pay close attention to job descriptions on LinkedIn, you should also take the time to research the company and industry, says Trenbur.
“Once you have the job, do you want to work with a company that has that profile?
Do you want someone who doesn’t?
You need to think about your profile and make sure it’s relevant to what you do,” she says.
You also need a clear understanding of the