This article will give you an insight to creating a LinkedIn profile that works for you and not against you.
LinkedIn showcases your experience, abilities and skill set. But more importantly, it allows you to interact and network with other professionals, discuss relevant topics about your field and promote your personal brand. An enhanced LinkedIn profile can only increase your chances of landing a perfect job, so you should take full advantage of its features.
Whether You Are Looking For Your First Job Or Contemplating A Career Change, LinkedIn Is A Very Useful Networking Tool That Will Help You Achieve Your Professional Goals. We Have Some Tips On How To Use LinkedIn Effectively.
Select a Professional Headshot
Don’t confuse LinkedIn with Facebook. Your profile picture should show your professional status, keep Facebook for your personal photos. Whatever you do, don’t choose photos with your partner or pet. Avoid posting selfies too.
According to a study, recruiters spend 19 percent of the total time they spend on your profile looking at your picture. Not including a photo will ring alarm bells for employers. They might wonder why you’re anonymous, costing you potential career options.
Set Up a Detailed Summary
Take advantage of the “Summary” section of your profile to showcase your achievements and experience. List your most relevant work, volunteer work, courses you have taken and awards you have achieved.
Craft a positioning tagline that really says something about you. If you’re a student, don’t just write down “student.” Computer Science Major at Columbia University sounds so much better.
Consider including some descriptive words into your resume. Descriptive words add to the appeal of your profile. Most people will say they’re motivated, passionate and creative, so be clear with your words and choose wisely. See the list below of words to avoid.
Join and Be Active in Groups
LinkedIn isn’t simply a platform where you publish your resume and expect recruiters to contact you. It allows you to reach out to employers and companies and grow your professional network. A great way of doing this is by joining groups. Participate in relevant discussions concerning your industry or areas of interest.
Gain Credibility with Referrals
Ask former employers and colleagues to write you recommendations and include information that will back up your experience and skills section. Take advantage of the “Endorsements” feature and ask people you’ve worked with to endorse you for your skills and expertise.
Personalize LinkedIn Requests
When connecting with someone new via LinkedIn, replace the standardized message with a personalized one. This way, the receiver will have a better idea of who you are and what you want from them. A generic email response can get you into trouble and besides you don't want to sound like a robot.
Change Your LinkedIn Status
Change your profile status from private to public and let the networking begin.
With all your experience and expertise showcased on your LinkedIn profile it will only be a matter of time until you're at +500 connections.
My final thought would be to view your LinkedIn profile as an interactive business card. A strong and detailed one can help you impress recruiters and land great job interviews.
Over to You
Comment below if any of these tips were helpful in setting up your LinkedIn profile. We look forward to hearing from you.