August 15, 2016
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When you’re laid off, the best advice you are given is to update your resume. In this advanced age of technology, there’s something else you need to keep updated: your LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn is a platform that allows you to connect with co-workers, managers, recruiters, customers and much more. Your profile is the key to making connections.
The more connections you have, the more likely you are to land a better job. Your profile can enhance your career. It can also keep it stagnant – which may not be so bad if you love your job. But if you’re on LinkedIn, it’s likely because you’re looking for something more career-wise. You need an impressive profile in order to make this happen. How do you amp up your profile and turn it into something truly amazing? Here are a dozen tips to take your LinkedIn profile from dab to fab.
- Add a professional photo. Many people don’t have a photo of them at all, and this makes their profile look fake and unprofessional. Don’t leave your profile without a picture. Even if you think you look horrible in photos, a professional headshot can draw attention to your profile. It can make a good first impression, so don’t forget to smile!
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- Update your headline to make it more relevant. LinkedIn will automatically update your headline with your current position and company. But what if you’re between jobs? You can change the headline to something more suitable. Make your headline less generic and more marketable by including your industry and specialty and other relevant keywords about yourself. Keep your headline short and sweet – under 10 words is ideal.
- Complete your profile. Take the first step a little further and complete your entire profile. Make sure your current job is included, as well as your education, duties and accomplishments. You should also include any volunteer work you’ve done, as well as anything else that employers might find interesting (hobbies, classes you’re taking, major achievements outside of academic and work life, etc.). The more you fill out, the better able recruiters will be to find you.
- Use numbers to increase the power of your experience. Don’t just say you’ve managed a team of 10 people. Show it by using examples. Recruiters like to see numbers and results, so add a few statistics and your audience will be impressed.
- Use the summary space to your advantage. Sell yourself in 3-5 paragraphs. Start with an introductory paragraph, some bullet points in the middle and a strong closing paragraph. Be sure to include your unique experiences and qualifications, as well as the industries you’ve worked in.
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- Include relevant work experience only. Add a lot of information, but be careful about adding too much information about your work history, especially if it’s not relevant. If you’re applying for a job in nursing, for example, you don’t need to include your previous jobs as a cashier or waitress.
- Add multimedia and website links. You can enhance your profile with more than just basic text. A picture is worth a thousand words. Add Word documents, which can be helpful if you’re a writer. You can also add photos and videos, which can come in handy if you’re a photographer, actor or speaker. You also have the ability to add up to three URLs, so add a website, blog, online portfolio or other site that involves work that you’ve created and are proud to show off.
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- Avoid buzzwords. Be creative and use words to describe yourself other than these most common ones: patient, expert, strategic, analytical, responsible, effective, creative, organizational, innovative, driven.
- Get recommendations from co-workers. You may get endorsements regarding certain skills, but the way to really make your profile stand out is to get a recommendation or two from a co-worker or manager who would have exemplary things to say about you.
- Use first person. Don’t use your name when referring to yourself on LinkedIn. It makes you sound pretentious. Use “I” when talking about your experience and accomplishments.
- Update your status. You update your Facebook account regularly, don’t you? You should be doing the same with your LinkedIn account. Maybe you got a promotion or were given more duties. Maybe you haven’t added your new freelance job yet. Analyze your profile weekly to see how you can enhance it.
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- Write an article. If you’re a writer, you may enjoy LinkedIn’s newest feature. It allows you to share your perspective on career-related topics through articles that are written and published on the platform. It’s a good way to share your opinion, improve your writing skills and get noticed.
LinkedIn can be a great way to show off your skills and experience and stand out from the crowd. Don’t be afraid to use all the features available to you. You’ll end up with a killer profile that will help recruiters easily find you so maybe you can land your dream job.