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Online impression important for Singapore recruiters

Anuradha Shukla | June 14, 2016
Thirty-one percent of professionals share achievements online, LinkedIn study

Sixty-two percent of Singapore recruitment decision makers agree that impression a candidate makes online is as important as the one they make in person, according to a new LinkedIn report.

However, only 31 percent of professionals in Singapore feel confident sharing their achievements online.

In contrast, 55 percent of professionals in India, 54 percent in China and 52 percent in Indonesia share their achievements online.

Although, 65 percent of professionals in Singapore understand the importance of highlighting their professional achievements to get ahead in their careers, 55 percent did not see the value doing so.

"To gain access to job opportunities in Singapore, a strong online professional profile is not a nice-to-have, but a must-have," said Feon Ang, senior director, LinkedIn Talent Solutions, Asia Pacific. "A strong LinkedIn profile that clearly articulates what you have done and are looking to do is especially important if you want to get noticed by recruitment decision makers."

Sharing personal lives

More than half (55 percent) of Singapore professionals admit that they are more likely to share images of food on social media than their personal achievements (30 percent), new jobs (17 percent) or promotions (17 percent).

Sixty-four percent of recruitment decision makers said that clear communication of achievements is one of the most important things they look for in candidates.

The report advises Singapore professionals to take necessary action lest they should lose their competitive advantage in getting noticed by recruiters, in comparison to their peers across Asia.

 "Recruitment decision makers are more likely to look at your online profile as their first port of call, and make decisions to proceed or move on," added Ang. "There is every reason to invest in making sure your experience and achievements are included in your profiles."


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