How to set up your LinkedIn profile to secure a mining job

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Not sure how to set up your LinkedIn profile to boost the chances of your mining job search? Here are our five expert tips.

Whether you’re actively looking for a new job in the mining industry, or you’re potentially open to offers if the right one comes your way, it’s a good idea to have your LinkedIn profile optimised.

Your LinkedIn profile is an opportunity to market yourself and to sell your skills and talents. Even if it’s just sitting there passively, potential employers, recruiters and headhunters will be looking at it. You never know what opportunities your LinkedIn profile could lead to, so it pays to keep it up to date.

Improving your LinkedIn profile is not as big a task as it may seem; there are simple tips and tricks to help you stand out and increase your visibility to the recruiters and employers in the Australian mining industry

Here are MPI’s top five tips for improving your LinkedIn profile.

Use keywords

Without keywords in your profile you are essentially invisible. These are the words that employers and recruiters are putting into LinkedIn’s search function to find suitable candidates.

What keywords are we talking about? Whatever is relevant to your role. Think about what you do or what you want to do. Are there different names for this, or slang terms or acronyms? Be sure to include all of these in your profile.

Don’t limit keywords to terms you prefer as that will guarantee you are missed in some recruiter’s searches. 

Remember, even if you’re not actively searching for a new job, potential employers with great opportunities could be searching for people with your exact skills, experience, hopes and dreams, at any given time. If they can’t find you, you might be missing out on a career-defining opportunity.

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Have a strong biography

A biography on LinkedIn is like the cover letter that goes with your resume. It may not be the first thing a recruiter or employer reads, but if your resume piques their interest and they go on to read your bio, it could make all the difference.

You need to cover:

  • Who you are
  • What you have done
  • What you can do.

Most importantly, let your personality shine through. Yes, LinkedIn is a professional platform but we are all human, and expressing your personal interests helps you to connect with your prospective employers before you’ve met.

Use appropriate images

We cannot stress this enough: while your biography is where you can cleverly weave in your personal interests, your profile image is not.

LinkedIn profile images should be a headshot. It doesn’t have to be a business photo, but it does have to make you appear professional.

There should be no one else in the picture, no sunglasses and definitely no selfies. The background picture is where you can show a little more personality, just make sure it looks visually appealing.

Punchy position profiles

As long as you have your keywords, the job profile section does not need to be a full-page report on your daily tasks. Keep it short and punchy. Include a short sentence on the scope of your role and then a few bullet points on your main responsibilities. Then include bullet points with your key achievements in each role.

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Get active with groups

LinkedIn is ultimately a networking tool, so it is not just recruiters and hiring managers that should be using the platform to network. Joining groups in your industry not only keeps you up to date on news and happenings in your space but it also boosts your profile views exponentially, increasing your chances of being found by the right person.

If you’re looking for your next opportunity or want to chat to mining recruitment experts about what is really happening in the industry, register with MPI.

Dan Hatch
Mining People International