Why I Get So Many Job Offers
Recruiters or head hunters play a large role in most industries, especially Information Technology. The last few times I have looked for a new job recruiters have played a large role, even I didn't realize it at first. Many listings on popular job websites, such as Monster.com or CareerBuilder.com, are actually recruiters posting information on the positions that they are trying to fill. That's how I ended up at RustyBrick. One of the first resume's that I sent out landed in the inbox of Arthur Kaye, Sr. Vice President at Concepts in Staffing. He then talked to me and worked as a middle man, and eventually landed me here at RustyBrick.
Since I have been at RustyBrick, and in the Greater New York City Area according to LinkedIn (I live roughly 40 miles from NYC), I have continued to receive calls and emails from recruiters. I never really thought about how many calls I got or how many more I got than other coworkers, but recently it seems that the amount of calls has increased even more. On an average week I would say I get between 3-5 calls from recruiters wanting to talk to me about opportunities, mainly in New York City.
RustyBrick is still growing and hiring, and we are always looking for ways to find more good programers to join our team, i.e. iPhone Hire Me App, so recently Barry was searching on LinkedIn looking for some possible candidates for interviews. Barry did a simple search for PHP and stumbled upon the reason why I have received so many calls. I currently rank number 1 on LinkedIn for PHP!
Out of 246,413 results, I rank number 1!! -- Just a quick note the searching on LinkedIn seems to be a little bit random, so if you switch things back and forth, like your location filter, you may not see the same results.
Prior to a couple of days a go I was not number 1 on the overall search, but I was on the first page of the United States results.
So why does my profile rank so well? Well we don't really know exactly what LinkedIn is looking at during their search, but we can take some guesses based on what is in my profile and the search of "PHP"
The term PHP is on my profile 6 times, mainly my Title, Specialties, and work experience:
So it would seem that your title, specialities and work experience are very important, but I would also guess some standar SEO rules would apply, such as the time the page has been around. I created this profile back in the early stages of LinkedIn so it has had plenty of time to be ranked by any of their algorithms.
As I mentioned before I was not ranked as well a couple of days ago, so what did I change? I simply added an image to the account, the same one that can be found over on Our Team page (what a good looking company), and added my Twitter account @jmancusi, both of which upped the percent complete of my LinkedIn Profile, so that also may play a role in the search.
Sorry I am unable to provide you with more information on the subject, but hopefully this can help you get ranked a little better, because if you don't work for a fantastic company like I do, you may want those 5 calls per week.... or you could just come work for us? :)
P.S. Adding an image to my account also lead to this conversation... just thought I would share it with you :)