7 Tips to make the most out of your LinkedIn Profile
LinkedIn. It’s more than just Facebook with a tie on. Think of it as your resume that never sleeps.
It’s a great place to build your network, check our career paths, prepare for interviews and extend your resume. Anyone can create an account, and there’s no time like the present. So, let’s get started shall we?
Here are 7 tips to make the most out of your LinkedIn profile
Customise your profile URL That’s right. Your own little personalised URL within LinkedIn. Cute, huh?
It’s best practice to go sensible here and use your name. CoolGuy99 just won’t cut it with prospective employers.
Add your photo (and background image) Already got a great professional looking pic? Perfect.
If not, just put on a nice shirt or jacket – get a plain background, like a white wall and smile. And Whatever you do, don’t use that nightclub pic from Facey where you “look fantastic”.
Write a headline that rocks Use this space to showcase your specialty, your value proposition, what sets you apart. It could be Analytics Specialist or a bit more creative, like Thinking outside the square.
Get endorsed for your skills From blogging to email marketing to public speaking, any skill you have can be endorsed by your contacts with just a click (+ sign next to the skill).
Write articles (and become known for a particular topic or style) Got a topic that you’re passionate about? Then write a blog hosted right there on LinkedIn.
It might be How I prepare for exams or even How much I dislike articles giving me tips about LinkedIn :-P
Add your university projects Bring that awesome uni presentation back to life and include it in your portfolio. It will highlight your creativity, design and confidence in yourself.
Check out the content Join groups that interest you, and individuals that inspire you. Then in your spare time, start reading.
So there you are. Welcome to your professional digital presence. Preparing yourself as early as possible will help you stay ahead of your competition when it comes to landing a job of your interest.