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Three Tips You’re Not Using

Posted by Reem Boudraa January 30, 2014 2 Comments

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With over 14.5 million users and the launch of its popular professional platform, Specialties, has become the place to be for anyone looking to build a professional network. And while there are some tips to effectively use the site that most people should know – such as using a polished profile picture, and making sure your profile is 100% complete – there are a few other things you could be doing to ensure that you get the most from Here are three tips that you might not have thought of:

1. Make sure your profile is public. While you might not want people to know every little step you take online, you also don’t want them to miss you altogether either. If you are actively seeking employment or networking opportunities, your profile should be publicly visible to everyone. A potential employer may actually choose to connect with you after seeing your public profile on According to the ‘Personal Branding in the Middle East and North Africa’ poll, September 2013, 92% of MENA professionals believe that a public profile can help you get more interviews and grow in your career.

2. Get a recommendation whenever possible. Recruiters and hiring managers do read recommendations and take them into account. According to the “Modern Job Search in the MENA” poll, November 2013, 62% of employers in the MENA region say that online recommendations and endorsements are ‘very important’ when they make a hiring decision. makes it easy to click and assign a skill to a connection. Have your connections write thoughtful recommendations with details about the nature of the work you’ve done or your expertise is a great way for them to vouch for your skill set. It’s best to have recommendations from a boss, a colleague and a subordinate, to give readers a sense of how you work at all levels.

3. Join the conversation on Specialties. According to the “Modern Job Search in the MENA” poll, 70% of professionals in MENA tap into the internet to ask questions about their job ‘every day’, while another 73% network on the internet for professional purposes daily. Thousands of these are on the newly launched Specialties. Specialties empowers professionals to ask questions in their areas of expertise as well as follow, vote up (and down), and post answers to other experts’ questions. Every day, thousands of professionals visit Specialties to find insightful answers to questions that are directly related to their careers and areas of interest. The result is thousands of engaging, fruitful discussions among experts, who can follow each others’ profiles, contact and endorse each other, browse the knowledge base, and expand their know-how by following any specialty that they are interested in among the thousands of specialties provided (there are more than 80,000 specialties so far!).

In addition to being the number 1 job site in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, can be a valuable resource for anyone seeking employment. But you have to use the job site to its fullest potential in order to maximize your chances of landing that dream job. When it comes to your profile, details matter. So follow these three tips and don’t forget about the little things that could affect your job search.

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About Reem Boudraa

Reem Boudraa is the Senior Editor at

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