Why LinkedIn is an essential part of the modern CV

LinkedIn is by far the top professional social networking site in the world. It has over 575+ million users, with more than 260 million monthly active users. Of those LinkedIn users who are engaging with the platform monthly, 40% access it on a daily basis. Clearly we cannot underestimate the influence a LinkedIn profile can have during the hiring process.

However, LinkedIn is used sparingly, so you only have a few minutes to make an impact. Users only spend about 17 minutes on LinkedIn per month (Source: Kinsta).

If you currently don’t have a LinkedIn profile or do have one but it’s very bare, then read on to find out more on how you can increase your chances of success. Here’s why a LinkedIn profile is an essential part of the modern CV or résumé…

The stats don’t lie

If you’re wondering whether LinkedIn is really any good for job seekers, the facts speak for themselves. There are more than 20 million companies listed on the site, with 14 million open jobs – and almost 90% of recruiters regularly use LinkedIn.

With so many job seekers and companies using the platform, you can see how influential it has become in the job market. You cannot ignore the stats and the fact that being a part of this network could and probably will dramatically increase your chances of success.

Networking is the key to success

122 million people report that they have received an interview through LinkedIn, with 35.5 million having been hired by a person they connected with on the site. This new method and approach to connecting online clearly reaps its rewards.

Head hunting is now a viable method of gaining employment, and not as unexpected as it once was. Millions of people are contacted by employers through LinkedIn on a weekly basis, which will typically result in a much higher success rate. Think about it – if the employer has contacted you then you are already have one foot in the door!

Employers choose to contact individuals through LinkedIn because it is a very easy way to connect. The hiring manager doesn’t always have to post a job advert and read through all the applications when they can just search online.

LinkedIn allows the user to connect, share, comment, post, and discuss industry topics. It will also allow them to share their credentials, experience, qualifications, and much more. In essence, a LinkedIn profile acts as a second CV or résumé. This makes it very easy for the employer to do their own research and hunt down a fantastic candidate for an interview.

Did you know that employees sourced through the site are 40% less likely to leave the company within the first 6 months? Another great reason for an employer to use LinkedIn to find the perfect employee!