How To Ask For LinkedIn Recommendations

How To Ask For LinkedIn Recommendations

When recruiting for roles I like to be as proactive as I can be, as it saves so much time and puts me in control of the process, and one way for me to filter out the many potential candidates is to take a scroll through their recommendations.

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How to use LinkedIn to boost your career

How to use LinkedIn to boost your career

LinkedIn has 740 million members, across 200 countries, and is often the go to place for recruiters to find their next important hire.  Given those numbers, the chances are that you've already got a LinkedIn profile, but is it really working hard enough to help your career growth?  

It's available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, so if you can get it in tip-top shape, then it will be out helping to find you the role of your dreams, even when you're in bed dreaming of it.

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Write your career elevator pitch

Write your career elevator pitch

The elevator pitch.  Named because you've got 20-30 seconds (an elevator ride) to convince someone of the thing you need to convince them of.  Usually focused on business ideas, the elevator pitch can come in handy when it comes to finding opportunities for your career.

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How to prepare if your job is at risk

How to prepare if your job is at risk

2020 has been a tough year for the economy, and as such, there are risks for jobs everywhere.  The US has seen 40 million jobs disappear, and the UK 750,000, and the longer the pandemic continues the greater the opportunity for more losses, so it pays to be prepared.  The good news is that you can take some simple steps in case the loss comes your way.

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Can I really get my first role in product?

Can I really get my first role in product?

If you're looking to get into a product role then you might worry that the opportunities just aren't there for you, but that's not true.  Just taking a look at the entry level roles shows you what employers are looking for, and you can definitely meet their needs. 

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Layouts can make all the difference

Layouts can make all the difference

There's no point having a great personal summary and some amazing work experience included in your CV if you make it hard for the recruiter to find the nuggets of information.  Your layout needs to enable the recruiter to scan the page and pick out the key elements for them.  

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Make your work experience work for you

Make your work experience work for you

If you're looking to find a new product opportunity then getting the recruiter to notice your CV is the first step in the process. We've looked at the power of a personal summary, and the next area to focus on is to make sure that the work experience you have is doing the most for you.  Even if your direct product role experience is limited, there are opportunities for you to get across how you've been exercising your product skills in whatever roles you've held.

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The power of a personal summary

The power of a personal summary

How do you sum up what you can offer an employer in the space of three or four sentences? How do you get across to someone who you've never met what you're capable of, what you've achieved and what you want to give?  How do you stand out from the crowd and get the recruiter to spend more time on your CV finding the reasons to hire you, rather than quickly looking for reasons to discount you?

The answer could be in a well crafted personal summary that brings front and centre your irresistible qualities.

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What you need in a good product CV (part 2)

What you need in a good product CV (part 2)

You've got a short amount of time to grab the attention of a recruiter when they're looking at your CV, which means you need to have all the right elements in place to get across your skills and abilities and make sure that they can picture you working in their organisation.

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What you need in a good product CV (part 1)

What you need in a good product CV (part 1)

For the last Product Manager role I recruited for, I had over 200 applications.  Of these, 90% had the job title of Product Manager within the last two roles they had held.  This means that having a CV that stands out is all important if you're going to make it into the 5% of them that will get to the first stage of the recruitment process.

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