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How To Improve Your Linkedin Profile?
Filter And Update
Are you between jobs or spending your time at your current job taking
Buzzfeed quizzes? If you are unemployed or unhappily employed, use your
time to the maximum by updating your LinkedIn profile! It may use a little
more brainpower than scrolling through Facebook, but it will certainly have a
much bigger impact on your future. Learn how to build a profile that will do
some job searching for you by attracting recruiters as well as connecting you
to a wide network of employeeseekers.
Start by taking stock of your profile. What skills, projects and
accomplishments do you list and what purpose do they serve there? What
jobs do you have on your profile and are they updated? What groups are you
in and do you participate in them? Who are your connections and who are
your pending connections? Are you communicating with your connections?
What does your title say about you? Once you have answered these questions,
you can filter out information that is not conducive to your career search and
highlight information that is. You can target certain connections and monitor
your interaction in certain groups. Really, you can get started creating an
To improve your LinkedIn profile, you should first understand the
LinkedIn dynamic. It is a social media site, but it is professionally oriented. It
has information from your resume, but it is not a repeat of your resume. Your
LinkedIn profile can be interactive, indepth and much more detailed than a
resume or cover letter while it steers clear of the nonchalant selfexpression
characteristic of other social media sites. This balance is hard to hit, and may
Not crosschecking all application materials with LinkedIn. Not only
should the information match and be correct and current, it should also
fit the professional brand that you are portraying. If you write your
LinkedIn title as WebDesign Expert but your resume focuses mostly
on copy editing and writing gigs, then you have an inconsistency that
could cost you.
Having a laundry list of skills. This clutters the profile and shows a
hint of desperation. Choose your skills wisely, and remember that just
about everyone knows how to use PowerPoint.
Having typos and bad grammar. Read your profile carefully, have a
friend read it and then read it again a few days later. One little slipup
could mean that you don’t get contacted for a position.
Using your current or most recent job title as your headline. You have
creative license here! Make you headline catchy and targeted to your
dream job while remaining truthful.
Take Advantage of these Features
Use multimedia to demonstrate your skills. If you already edited and
targeted your profile, you can further improve your LinkedIn
profile by taking advantage of the human attraction to video, sound
and design. Upload your projects, websites, publications or design
work. Embed videos of events or projects or interviews that you were
involved with. Inviting your viewer to interact with your page and
explore you on multiple levels will make you come alive for them.
Personalize your URL link to attract attention and solidify your
professional brand. The more name repetition the better for name
recognition and the more recognition, the more chance that you get
hired! It is also handy to have a customized URL when you are listing
your LinkedIn on your resume or business card.
Include recommendations and references to provide backing and
evidence to your claims. Public endorsements can also further highlight
your skills and potential.
It is proven that profiles with profile pictures do better. We are
naturally attracted to human faces! So, get a professional snapshot and
put yourself front and center.
Follow influencers and key leaders because your choice of the right
people speaks to the seriousness of your profile. Their content in your
news feed can also give you key insights, ideas and inspiration.