In fact, Davis says the first step he takes when asked to help someone in their job search is to review their LinkedIn profile. “And every good recruiter and placement agency I know does the same thing. Your LinkedIn profile is your ‘professional face’ to the world. It is how professionals connect, regardless of their industry or age,” he explains.
“The most important thing you can do when looking for a job, whether you are a new graduate or a seasoned professional, is to (make) everyone you know (aware) that you are looking. And the quickest and most effective way to do that is through creating a LinkedIn profile. It is one of the first places organizations go to search for talent.”
Davis also notes that it is the first place an organization will turn to find out about someone who has been referred to them.
“I believe that not having a profile on LinkedIn shows a lack of good judgment, something that is a critical competency in any position,” he says.
Cekala also notes that job seekers in creative fields should pay attention to websites such as The Dots or Dribbble.
“Yet, there is no harm in having a LinkedIn profile with a portfolio link, especially if you’re interested in corporate requests,” she says.
While creating a profile at the very being of your career might seem like a rather daunting task, Cekala says not to worry.