LinkedIn is not just any social networking site. It is THE site for finding jobs and opportunities. Not only is it a resume posting site, but it now also offers a very interactive way to network professionally. If you have just listed your past jobs and associations, you’re not doing enough to get noticed. You should really optimize it in order to be found. Even if you’re not looking for a job, those clients of yours should see you in a positive light. Plus, you never know where your next diamond in the rough job or project will come from.
Here’s the best way to optimize your LinkedIn profile:
- Say cheese – Definitely add a photo and make sure it looks professional and clear. Don’t even sign up on LinkedIn if you’re planning not to add your pic. It looks like you’re hiding something and it is all about being open and selling yourself.
- In a nutshell – Add your recent accomplishments in the Summary section. Recent meaning in the last year. If you don’t have anything newsworthy, then simply summarize your last five years of experience.
- Get to the point – Remove any buzzwords, such s motivated, innovative or other adjectives that over-sell. Instead, write down the actions and experience behind those words.
- Do you have a heart? – A volunteer post will show you’re a good person and genuinely care. Just one or two down if you performed such.
- Mad skills? – Punch in as many skills-sets as you have as this will be easily searchable by employers.
- Can you be vouched for? – If you did a good job for someone, ask them for a recommendation. It adds credibility to your profile.
- Update your groups – Make sure the groups you join are relevant to your industry or likes. After all, these will be the folks you want to rub elbows with.
- Follow your dreams – Got a dream job? Follow the company to be aware when openings arise.
- App it up – You can load apps that help you find professional events in your area. Get involved!
- Become an expert – One of my personal favorites, answer questions and show you are knowledgeable and willing to help.
These 10 computer support tips will help you get noticed more in LinkedIn. It is a quick no-nonsense computer help aid for LinkedIn. Also, it is a great way to reference your experience and prepare your elevator pitch or otherwise when asked about your track record.