By Brandi Tape
Your LinkedIn Profile can be an invaluable resource for most job hunters.
Now, before you write the site off as the uptight cousin of Facebook, check out this two part series to learn how to make your LinkedIn profile work for you. We’ve sifted through lists upon lists of the good, bad, and ugly LinkedIn tips to bring you the most valuable information that can help you shine now!
1. You get out what you put in. This is not the time to be lazy here, complete your profile as thoroughly as possible. Sure, having a profile at all will help your odds for that recruiter magically find you, but filling it all the way out will increase your chances of a call or offer if they’re able to discern a little bit about you from your profile as well. Make sure you include details about what your skills are, where you’ve worked, and what people think of you. LinkedIn makes it easy to gauge how well you’ve completed your profile with its built-in meter, prompting you with suggestions with suggestions on how to strengthen it further.
2. Make it yours.
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Think of your LinkedIn profile as a digital version of your CV. It’s a gateway to your personal brand so it needs to be complete, professional looking and optimised for maximum exposure.
LinkedIn has become an extremely useful tool for networking and is the sourcing tool of choice for recruiters. In the US 94 per cent of recruiters use LinkedIn for sourcing and recruiting.
It’s also the first place that potential recruiters and employers will look when they are considering you for a role.
These 10 tips will help you optimise your LinkedIn profile so that jobs find you:
1. It’s OK to be vain
Get your vanity URL. This is a custom URL with your name in it that points directly to your profile. Having your name in your vanity URL makes it more likely to appear in a Google search when someone searches for you. This makes it easier for recruiters to find you and share your information with prospective employers.
3. Have a keyword strategy
5. Add sections
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Now that the Spring flowers are blooming and weather is warming up it’s only fitting that you extend your cleanup efforts into the social sphere. Time to stop neglecting your LinkedIn profile, think strategically and optimize your professional identity on the “World’s Largest Professional Network.” This way, both you and your employer can receive a fruitful return on social investment. Whether you’ve received every LinkedIn endorsement imaginable or have chosen to flood your profile with all kinds of keyword lingo, it’s time to declutter. Here are 5 simple ways to help you get started:
1. Keep Score of your Content Marketing
Sick of creating useless posts that flood your LinkedIn page? Can’t seem to write content to encourage reader engagement? Worry no more – LinkedIn recently created a content marketing scoring tool that measures user influence. Taking into consideration profile sponsored updates, company pages, personal groups, employee updates and influence posts, LinkedIn’s content marketing score provides users with tips on how to improve their content marketing strategies. Based on a scale ranging from 1–1000, LinkedIn provides users with a private grade, which reflects the impact of your paid and organic content. With LinkedIn providing you recommendations on ways to improve your score, it’s time you start sprucing up that profile and reach your unique masses.
2. Take Advantage of the New LinkedIn Publishing Machine
3. Produce Original Content and Watch it Trend
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By Arnie Fertig
Over the course of the last few years, the value of traditional job boards has declined, while LinkedIn is now often thought of as THE place to go to find a job. LinkedIn has made the whole process social and interactive. The larger your network, the more opportunity you will have of seeing that perfect position for which you are hunting. There are numerous ways to use this social networking site to be seen and gain business intelligence. Here are a few key ways you can also use it to find specific jobs for which you can apply.
1. Your Activity / Updates feed. When you first login, click on the “Home” menu choice at the top of the page. This feed will take up the left two-thirds of your window. Here, among other things, you’ll find the posts that everyone in your network has made recently.
These updates are constantly changing. Therefore, you’ll have to check back with frequency or else you’ll miss many of them. Unfortunately, LinkedIn discontinued its signal functionality, which used to allow you to search this feed for items posted within the last two weeks.
2. LinkedIn’s own job board
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By Alison Doyle
Your LinkedIn profile is an online version of your resume. It should have the same information that is on your resume and, if you’re looking for a new job, you will want prospective employers to be able to review your credentials for employment, including your qualifications, your experience, and your skills. Here’s what to include in your profile.
There are right ways and wrong ways to connect on LinkedIn. Paying attention to proper LinkedIn etiquette is a must if you want to get connected. Here are instructions for sending LinkedIn messages and invitations including the best ways to invite people to connect with you, what to include and how to format your messages, and more guidelines for messaging on LinkedIn.