6 ways to considerably improve your LinkedIn profile!

Online recruiters only need 30 seconds to scan your LinkedIn profile. Does it look professional? LinkedIn is a professional networking app with 28 million users in France (300 million worldwide), and many head-hunters use it. Maybe your future employer is also on it. Here are a few tips to make sure they don’t overlook your profile.

Don’t use selfies or holiday snaps on LinkedIn

Selfies are all the rage, but LinkedIn is not the right place for them. Save them for Facebook or other, less professional websites. You should also avoid using holiday photos where you are sporting sunglasses or where you have someone’s (cropped) arm around your neck.

Choose a photo that is authentic but still professional. Having a photo is essential. It means your profile is more likely to show up in search results, and other users will be able to recognise you more easily, especially if you have already met.

Use a headline that sets you apart from the crowd

The headline is the second thing that recruiters see. It is displayed just after the photo in the search bar. Avoid corporate jargon, and try to find something more personal. It’s better to focus on your projects and skills than to use an overly specific job title.

For example, write something like “Driving sales growth” rather than “sales representative.” Another tip: use universal key words, which will improve your ranking in search results and increase the chances that someone will look at your profile.

Take the time to work on your “About” section

Most candidates neglect the “About” section out of laziness or fear that it will close doors for them. But this the most personal part of your profile. It’s where are you can talk about the future, your projects, and your professional ambitions.

No need to write an essay – five lines is enough – and above all, avoid turning it into a mini-CV.

Employers looking for candidates who are clued in to new technologies and social media might be put off by a LinkedIn profile that signals a lack of understanding of professional norms in the digital age.

Summarise your professional experience

There is no point just copying and pasting your CV with a list of all your roles. It’s better to mention a few key experiences and what you learned from them. Above all, illustrate them with concrete examples like sales figures.

No need to be too verbose. You don’t need to be exhaustive; you just need to make recruiters want to learn more about you.

Indeed, the higher the users’ position, the shorter the descriptions of their professional experiences tend to be.

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Link to your achievements

LinkedIn also allows you to include links to other pages like blogs, YouTube videos and PowerPoint presentations. This type of thing illustrates the scope of your skills and achievements, and improves your profile’s visibility.

If you are invited for a job interview, it also enables you to orient the conversation towards concrete accomplishments.

Enter your contact details and the basic information in your LinkedIn profile

It may seem obvious, but many people forget to fill out all of the fields in the “Contact info” section of their LinkedIn profile. But this drastically reduces their chances of being contacted by a recruiter when looking for a job. 

There are several key things you need to enter in this section: 

  • Your email address: Insofar as possible, enter your professional email address – this proves that the information in your profile is accurate. If you opt to use a personal email address – if you are looking for work, for example – make sure that it includes your full name. Recruiters are less likely to take you seriously if you use a pseudonym. 
  • Your public profile’s URL: Customise the public URL generated automatically by LinkedIn so that it includes your first name and surname. For example: linkedin.com/in/FirstnameSurname.
  • Your telephone number: If you are looking for work, you can enter your personal phone number. Some recruiters prefer to contact candidates by phone rather than waiting for an answer by email. 
  • Website / blog / professional social media: If you have an Instagram account where people can look at your work – or a link to your portfolio if you are a creative – don’t hesitate to include it.

In the “Settings and confidentiality” section of your LinkedIn profile, you can choose to make your email address visible to everyone or just to your first and second level contacts. Bear in mind that your telephone number will only be visible to people in your network. And finally, even if you have filled in the Contact info section correctly, don’t hesitate to check into LinkedIn from time to time. Some recruiters use the LinkedIn messaging service to contact candidates, and you don’t want to miss anything.

It is also worth noting that, even once you have made these changes, your work on LinkedIn is not yet done. A visible profile is an active profile. Take the time to update your page, to follow and comment on your contacts’ publications and new roles – or even to publish articles yourself. This takes time, but it considerably increases your visibility.


As anyone with an interest in current affairs will know, Generation Z (also known as “Zoomers”) has entered the job market over the last few years, following on from Generation Y.

The media describes this new generation as demanding and unwilling to compromise, warning businesses that they urgently need to reorganise and rethink how they operate. Bowing to the demands of Zoomers appears to be the only option companies have if they want to attract young people and maximise recruitment. But should we even be talking about engagement?

How does Generation Z view work?

Today, people no longer see work as an end in itself. It’s a means to an end, a way of securing the important things in life. There is nothing excessive about Generation Z’s expectations. In fact, they’re quite simple, and they’re nothing new: Zoomers want to have free time, be well paid and work for an ethical organisation.

Work is still just as important to them, but it’s no longer the only thing that defines them; there is more to their identity than just their job. Work now has to share this space with their family, their hobbies, their social life, the causes they support, etc.

It also has to integrate the notion of flexibility, to meld more easily with employees’ preferences and personal constraints. This flexibility encompasses a variety of aspects such as hours, location, working time and arrangements for leave.

It enables individual employees to find a balance between their professional responsibilities and their personal commitments, while leaving them more freedom and autonomy in how they perform their tasks.

Is Generation Z loyal?

People from this generation don’t view loyalty in the same way their predecessors did, because they don’t just see a company as a place of work; it’s a part of their life that enables them to develop and widen their skills, they are more interested in fulfilling several different roles at the same time.

Some may interpret this as them being disloyal or not engaged in the organisation, but for Generation Z, work is more about meaning and opportunities for professional and personal development. It is worth adding that young people’s loyalty is better described as collective or social; they are loyal to the team rather than to the company itself.

Zoomers are devoted to the group they identify with; people who share their convictions and aspirations.

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What are the keys to retaining Gen Z staff?

Studies have identified several factors that can play an essential role in developing engagement among this generation:

• Salary. Pay remains an important factor in engagement and employees’ relationship to work, in particular as regards loyalty and their desire stay with a company. It is often cited as a factor of employee retention.

• Communicating the company’s values and objectives via two-way information flows.

• Opportunities for skills development. When a business offers an employee opportunities to develop their skills, they feel supported by their employer, adding an emotional aspect to their engagement. In addition, the concept of “continuous professional development” enables individuals to learn and develop.

• The fulfilment of “basic psychological needs” – autonomy, competence and a sense of belonging.

• Recognition from their manager. Employers can show their recognition in a range of ways, both financial and non-financial (congratulations, encouragement, bonuses, etc.). These can help to form an emotional engagement and ongoing commitment. 

• An ethical environment. An organisation that projects a strong ethical policy is seen as honest and fair. Workers are more likely to commit to staying long-term.


HR practices have changed drastically over the last few years, what with the need to manage Generation Z, the rise of remote work and the home office, “quiet quitting”, and the accelerating digital transformation. Given all these changes, it’s hardly surprising that HR is now a strategic consideration for businesses, high on the executive team’s agenda.

Talent management

Over the last few years, HR teams have had to deal with contradictory demands — simultaneously managing voluntary and/or compulsory redundancy plans while trying to build loyalty among their remaining employees and attract new talent.

Today, in a competitive recruitment market where skills are rarer, companies need to treat their employees like customers and the applicants that they are looking to attract like prospective customers. With the dynamics between a business and its employees more than ever like a commercial relationship, HR departments increasingly have to provide services to employees, and deliver them to a high level of quality.

To achieve their objectives, there are two avenues HR teams can take: the first is to radically refocus on their core function of managing people, and the second is to adopt an HR marketing approach.

People are central to the transformation

It is possible for the HR department to pass whole sections of its current role (payroll, administration, training purchases, etc.) on to external service providers or internal specialists (legal, finance, purchasing, etc.). This means applying an outsourcing decision model to the HR function, and transferring technical tasks to experts so that the HR team can concentrate on their core role.

This is important because, with remote working having become mainstream since the pandemic, some staff are finding their work less meaningful and may even have become disengaged. Consequently, it’s vital to share information and data to maintain employees’ connection to the business and ensure that teamwork remains a core value.

Another very important thing that the HR department must do is listen to employee voices. To offset the physical distance and take the temperature within the business, it is vital to give staff the opportunity to make their views known directly, whether that be through scheduled group discussions or regular surveys. 

This issue extends to modes of work and team management processes — previously underpinned by direct, permanent channels of communication that disappeared overnight. Traditional managerial practices have been replaced by something different: the notion of trust.

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HR marketing

The second avenue is to borrow tools from marketing. To take an HR marketing approach, we start by identifying the “target market” (staff, managers, the executive team, applicants, etc.). This target market is then segmented into subsets, by asking people about their expectations and perceptions, and ensuring their feedback is taken into account. Through this process, the HR marketing approach enables HR departments to provide a tailored range of services.

This provides an opportunity not only to reinforce links with employees, but also to enhance their employer brand and therefore the business’s attractiveness. Just like any other kind of marketing, this approach rests first and foremost on a detailed understanding of the target market: who are the company’s employees and what do they want?

To find out, a detailed analysis is called for. This exercise is complicated by the fact that several different generations are represented within the organisation, each with differing expectations, needs, values and behaviours.

Once a framework has been established, the next task is to develop a targeted response, in the form of an “HR promise” based on a clear value proposition. Then it’s time to envision and build an HR offering that is in line with the company’s strategic priorities.

This approach will see HR directors make a greater contribution to the organisation’s overall strategy, positioning themselves as business partners and developing their departments in a way that supports the organisation’s attractiveness and talent retention.

The accelerating digital transformation

The HR function will also need to keep up with technological change by accelerating its digital transformation. This will come through HRISs and cloud-based solutions tailored to the new challenges, and more generally through the use of new modes of communication that will improve the quality of service provided to both staff and the executive team, on one hand, and service providers and applicants, on the other.

HR directors will also need to rethink work environments, to make physical spaces more conducive to communication, teamwork and creativity, while capitalising on  digital workplaces. The time has come for them to redefine the contours and practices of the different workplaces used by their business, with staff on site, at home offices and working from other locations, to produce an agile and productive model for the future.