Do it right? Is there a wrong way? Look at it this way: Linked in is a mighty hard working tool that never sleeps. If you have a strong profile, it will do much of your “work” for you. Let it advertise your “brand”; let it find connections for you. The list goes on and on but……………..you need a very GOOD profile and you need to follow the advice below.
Let’s get started – Have you looked at your Linked In profile recently? REALLY looked at it? It’s hard to objectively critique yourself, isn’t it? It looks pretty good to you but how does it look to a recruiter or hiring manager?
How’s your profile photo? If you don’t have a photo, you MUST! Did you know many profiles are completely overlooked when there is no photo? You may not even be considered for the job though the rest of the profile portrays your experience so well.
And why do so many people take the effort to complete their profile in order to network but don’t
share their name? What’s with the initials vs. full names? Playing coy? Afraid of stalkers?
What is your Linked In Profile telling others?
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Compelling Header: the words below your photo – think of this as a banner or billboard for you
Strong Summary: avoid it sounding like a job description – be creative – differentiate yourself
Engage with Others: join groups and participate in discussions
Linked In is like a branding “genie” and it’s free (unless you upgrade to Premium). But it is up to you to use this hard working tool to your benefit.
Be Your Brand.
You’ve heard this before but what does it mean?
Make sure that everything you do is consistent with how you want to be perceived.
- How do you want people to think of you?
- What is your career personality?
- What is your communication style?
- Establish yourself as a thought leader – write about the things you know & value
- Keep it professional. Keep it current.
The more information you share on Linked In, the better if you want people to connect with you, do business with you or hire you.
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