You’ve finally decided to start a profile on LinkedIn (after reading all about the benefits of using LinkedIn to find a job here, no doubt!) and patiently sit back waiting for a recruiter to come calling. But after weeks of not getting a bite, you wonder if there is anything you can do to improve the performance of your LinkedIn profile? Why, yes…there is! A LinkedIn profile can easily be worked with so that you stand out from your peers in a positive way.
Let’s look at a few ways to capture the attention of the best hiring companies with 10 expert tips for creating an outstanding LinkedIn profile.
#2 – Strong summary standout
Just as you will on your resume, the LinkedIn profile gives you a great space to create a strong summary of skills and achievements. Use this well by drafting up a 3 sentence summary that tells others who you are about. Add a bulleted list of your top 5 attributes just below this. Hint: write it in a word processing product and paste it in.
#3 – Make it job search friendly
There are a growing number of companies that utilize LinkedIn recruitment tools. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is friendly to this system by lining up your last 3 jobs in the right format. Highlight your skills and use a professional catch line next to your image to make your applications “pop”.
#7 – Use the right keywords
Recruiters use specific simply keyword phrases when seeking out the best candidates. Keep this in mind as you develop your LinkedIn profile. Avoid being too wordy or using obtuse phrases. Think about how recruiters will search for you. If you are a writer, you are not a “wordsmith”, for example.
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By Young Entrepreneur Council
A LinkedIn profile’s an awesome opportunity to shine beyond the traditional resume. Between your job history, publications, endorsements, and connections, potential employers scan your information to see what you can bring to the team that no one else can. But if your profile is riddled with typos or you don’t have an adequate picture, an employer isn’t going to see you as a viable candidate.
We asked 11 entrepreneurs and members of YEC to share the mistakes they see most often and how they hurt your professional image in an employer’s eyes. Here’s what you should avoid:
2. Being Inconsistent
When we review resumes and the LinkedIn profiles of candidates, there are inconsistencies in employment dates and job titles 50% of the time. Candidates also don’t update their profiles often enough. If you are applying for a position, make sure that yours is free of inconsistencies and stays in line with your resume.
—Duran Inci, Optimum7
5. Making Vague Claims of Expertise
When I’m vetting potential hires, I look at LinkedIn to get an idea of their expertise and work history. All too often, I see vague bombastic claims of technical expertise that aren’t backed up by any evidence. If you claim to have web design expertise, link to sites that demonstrate it. If you claim to be a brilliant developer, link to GitHub repos that show your work.
—Vik Patel, Future Hosting
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by Alison Green
LinkedIn can be an incredibly powerful tool for networking, expanding your contacts and even finding jobs, but it has its own unique etiquette land mines. Here are eight of the most common faux pas people make on LinkedIn – and how to make sure that you avoid them.
1. Sending generic connection requests. It was probably a mistake for LinkedIn to provide default text for the connection request emails sent through its system because many people don’t bother to customize it. People who know you well might not mind receiving the default message, but if you’re trying to connect with someone who may not even remember you, it’s smarter to personalize the message and remind the person of how you know each other and why you’re asking to connect. Plus, even if the person does remember you, you’ll make a better impression and solidify the connection by writing something personalized.
6. Filling your summary with subjective self-assessments. Calling yourself a “visionary leader,” “charismatic communicator,” “exceptional marketer” or other highly subjective self-assessments is likely to elicit eye rolls. If those things are true about you, it should be evidence from the accomplishments you list. Let others who know your work effusively praise you. It’s not something that you credibly do yourself.
8. Inflating your experience. It’s bad enough to inflate your experience, skills and accomplishments on your resume. But when you do it on LinkedIn, people who know the truth will see it. If your co-workers or former co-workers look at your profile and see you reporting accomplishments or responsibilities that they know you didn’t have much of a hand in, they will know that you’re lying. It will destroy your credibility, possibly get you gossiped about and make people less likely to vouch for you in the future. Keep it truthful.
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