If someone wants to do some digging or see what you’re up to, they simply type your name in a search bar and have everything they need to know right in front of you – hopefully.
It’s more important now than ever to have a solid LinkedIn profile to tell the professional world who you are and what you’re looking for, because the world is fast, digital, and often doesn’t have time to ask questions. According to the Society for Human Resource Management, more than 90% of recruiters rely on the LinkedIn to seek applicants. So, what exactly should yours include?
LinkedIn can be thought of as an extension of your resume. By not having a certain page limit, you’re free to further explain some of your experience and work history – and, if you’re smart, include a touch of personality.
What to include
Simply copy and pasting your resume onto your profile is not going to cut it. You should add your voice into how you explain positions and describe your experience. Remember that there are humans just like you on the receiving end of your messages, so don’t be afraid to talk in first person or jazz it up with the right amount of “you.” Consider creating a summary that highlights some of your work history, as well as who you are as an individual.
Referencing your education is proved to be a significant leg-up on your surrounding LinkedIn competition. LinkedIn professional Blair Decembrele said, “Users who list their education appear in searches up to 17 times more often than those who don’t.” So, do yourself a favor and flaunt that degree you worked hard for.
It’s also important to have up-to-date samples of work. Whether it’s a recent article you wrote or your best essay for class, have something that people can look at to find out what kind of quality of work you produce. This increases your credibility and shows you’re proud of your work.
Unfortunately, in the social world, image is everything. Make sure you have a professional-looking headshot as your profile picture. This means no selfies or pictures at inappropriate places (bars, parties, etc.). It’s as easy as asking a friend or co-worker to snap a photo of you against a plain wall.
How to use it
Now that you know what you should include on your profile, you need to know how to use it. Remember that LinkedIn is a social media. It’s where work meets life. You should be exploring and interacting with other professionals to expand your network and gain insights both in and outside your industry.
Definitely share relevant articles, comment on other posts, connect with people in your network, and keep it active by logging on at least every week. LinkedIn provides many opportunities to expand your knowledge and network with others whom you may not usually have.
Perfecting your LinkedIn profile doesn’t have to be super complicated. Remember, it should reflect who you are as an individual and a professional. Include what you want others to know about your work history and industry knowledge. Follow these tips, and you’ll be a top contender for the job you want in no time!
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