While many of us are working from home, there are others who are on the front lines and continue to provide their much-needed services throughout this pandemic. Some of these heroes include grocery store clerks, transit drivers, and health care staff.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is now making an avid effort to find ways to better support employees who work in long-term care facilities during this pandemic. Trudeau announced that there is a plan to give more money to essential workers who make less than $2,500 a month, and is aiming to implement this wage boost as quickly as possible. Additionally, Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough, spoke out directly to front line staff during the daily COVID ministerial update. She acknowledged their hard work and dedication stating, “we know the sacrifices you’re making to keep us and our loved ones safe.”
During these times, there are a number of essential jobs available such as health care, social services, manufacturing or delivery services. You can find a full list of essential work places in Ontario here. If you are looking to take on a new job during this time, you’ll want to boost your online presence so that you are more visible to employers looking to fill these types of roles. An ideal place to start is online by revamping your LinkedIn profile. Here are some tips to help you create a stand out LinkedIn profile.
1.Add a professional profile photo
A smart profile photo is the first thing that an employer will expected of you. Your profile is as much as 21x more times more likely to be viewed if you’ve included a professional looking profile picture. You will also receive 9x more connection requests and 36x more messages.
2.Showcase your achievements and experience
Your LinkedIn profile should give the reader a quick overview of your strengths, skills and unique attributes at a glance. Also, include facts and figures that detail recent accomplishments. If you’re a little short on these then elevate your profile with endorsements and recommendations from others. A few kind words from a respected and successful individual can go a long way in validating your employability.
3.Let recruiters and employers know you’re ‘open’ to hearing about new opportunities
A feature called ‘Open Candidates’ makes it easier to connect with a possible job by privately signaling to recruiters that you’re open to new job opportunities. Our data shows that members who have switched on their ‘Open Candidates’ setting are twice as likely to receive relevant opportunities from recruiters.
4.Be active and responsive
Keep a regular eye on your InMail on LinkedIn for any messages. Responding to any potential opportunities promptly is important for providing a good first impression.
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