The One Surprising Thing Recruiters Check on Your LinkedIn Profile

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Writing about your career history and achievements isВ simple in theory, but penning a clear and articulate LinkedIn profile can be painstakingly difficult. A 2015 survey by Jobvite found that 87% of recruiters use LinkedIn to find high-quality candidates, putting added pressure on every word on your profile.

If you only pay attention to your summary and job description, new data from LinkedIn suggests you could be making a vital error. The career platform found that one of the most neglected aspects is the most important: volunteering experience. A massive 41% of recruiters said it's just as crucial as paid work.

"It shows that you're a passionate professional who's adept at multitasking," Krista Canfield, the senior PR manager of LinkedIn, told PopSugar. "You may be a sales person by trade, but perhaps you helped organize your non-profit's most recent fundraising event. Noting that experience and the skills that you learned during that experience ('event planning,"event marketing,' etc.) can make you a more attractive employee and business partner," she explains.

Looking for a new job? Follow these five tips to create a successful LinkedIn profile.