How to Create a Perfect LinkedIn Profile to Score a Junior Software Developer Job
LinkedIn isn’t just the place to go to apply for jobs: it’s the place where jobs come to you. LinkedIn is used by recruiters and hiring managers all over the world, so if you’re trying to score a junior software developer job, you need to create the perfect LinkedIn profile.
Think of your profile as your second CV. Just as much time, care and effort needs to be put into it because a strong LinkedIn profile will set you apart from the crowd.
But it’s easy to be lazy with LinkedIn. Filling out your ‘about’ section, work experience and uploading a picture can feel like a massive chore, but it really isn’t. This article will help you complete the basics, go the extra mile and get found by recruiters – fast.
1 – Profile Picture
Try to find – or take – a picture of yourself that fits the LinkedIn style. Here are some pointers:
- Make sure that you’re the only person or thing in the picture.
- Your picture should look professional: smart clothes, eye contact and a big smile goes a long way.
2 – Header Photo
Now this is something seriously underused on LinkedIn. Most people leave their header image plain, but what does that say about you? That you do the bare minimum, struggle with creativity and don’t want to put the time into your career?
That might be a little harsh, but you know what I mean.
I recommend opening up Canva and creating a basic graphic. Here’s one that I made:
And here’s why I think it’s good:
- The design is simple but not boring.
- I’ve included the links to my social media and WordPress accounts so that recruiters can find out more about me.
You can obviously put your own spin on it, but a personalised graphic is what I recommend!
3 – Write a Good Headline
Your profile headline could be the difference between hundreds of clicks and absolutely zero. Here’s how to write a good one:
- Don’t say the words ‘aspiring’, ‘student’ or ‘graduate’. Sell your skills!
- Use buzz words like ‘full stack’, ‘front-end’ and ‘back-end’.
- Mention your favourite programming language!
Recruiters will be searching for someone specific. They might be looking for a Java developer, an SQL database builder or a full-stack ruby expert. When they plug these phrases into the search bar, they’re going to see hundreds of profiles with confident headlines. So don’t undersell yourself. You are that person. Make your headline snappy and really sell your skills!
Even if you’re looking for your first job, if you know how to code then believe in yourself!
4 – Put Your ‘About’ Section to Work
Now I know that you’re probably not a writer if you’re reading this, but hear me out. The key to writing a good bio is to sell yourself and your skills. This is mine:
This has a few winning elements (if I do say so myself):
- Questions! They’re a great way to write instantly persuasive copy.
- Emojis! You’re a junior, so pop some personality into it. Emojis help you stand out from the crowd and make your bio easier to read.
- A link/social media handle! Keep all of the recruiters engaged by linking your GitHub account, professional social media page or blog.
- Lots of buzz words! I’m hard-working, enthusiastic, a graduate. I’m looking for a role in copy and content editing or social media. I can boost engagement and have great attention to detail. This is just a list of buzzwords but it’s what recruiters are looking for.
Now replicate something like this (obviously adapted for your dream job) and you should instantly pull in more interest.
5 – Your History
Now you’re going to want to open up your CV and get to copy and pasting. Try to include all of your relevant work and education history. Here are some tips:
- List all of your relevant internships, voluntary positions, university committee positions, freelance and unpaid work.
- But don’t add your 5 years at Pizza Hut.
- Add a couple of bullet points for each position. List the languages you used and projects that you worked on.
- Cut the fluff. I don’t really care if you ‘worked well in a team’ or ‘demonstrated a great work ethic’. You’re a developer! Get technical!
- Use the media section to link to any live projects that you worked on. This is a really persuasive thing to do so don’t skip out on it.
- Be truthful… or at least consistent with your lies. When you apply for a job, the hiring manager can easily give you a cheeky Google. Keep your dates, job titles and details similar across the board.
- Add all of your online courses!
6 – Make Your Profile Public
Share your profile to the world (and all of those recruiters) by making it public.
Now Make it Pop
1 – Update Your Featured Section
2 – Personalise Your URL
Something like: DaisyHansonDeveloper or DaisyHansonJava.
Short. Snappy. Has your name. Done.
3 – Prove Your Skills
Skills, certifications and endorsements come towards the bottom of your profile, but don’t underestimate them. This is where you prove your worth to all of the recruiters snooping around.
You can add credibility to your skills by getting endorsements. This is where your network and friends can really help you out. Endorse your friend’s skills and ask them to do the same for you.
You can enhance your licences and certifications section by updating your education. Plug in all of the courses that you’ve taken and upload the certificates you’ve earned. If you’re looking for a good junior developer job, you have to complete this section. And if you’re struggling to find good, free training courses, have you tried our Software Development Training?
4 – I Recommend Recommendations
Ask your friends, uni lecturers, classmates, family members and any old co-workers to write you a short recommendation.
Recommendations are really effective. Nothing else is more powerful than other people’s opinions. So please – milk these for all their worth.
5 – Grow Your Network
You know when you log in to LinkedIn and you get hassled to connect with at least 30 people… you should probably do that. Your network is a powerful thing, so put some time into it.
6 – And Use It!
Now that you’ve grown a decent sized network, use it! Your network should be your ticket to growing your skills, talking about important industry issues and hopefully finding a new job.
Try to log in at least once a week and reach out. Like a post and comment on it. Keep reaching out and engaging.
Now Watch The Job Offers Roll In
Now that you’ve learnt how to create the perfect LinkedIn profile to land junior software developer roles, you can rest easy. Sometimes the job hunt is more of a waiting game, but if you’ve put in the effort now it should pay off in the long run.
If you want to be more proactive in your job search, have you created your DigitalGrads profile? You won’t find our unique junior tech roles on LinkedIn, so why not join one of the most exclusive careers networks these is?