Tips for a Stellar LinkedIn Profile
One of the easiest ways that you can get noticed by employers is through your online profiles. More specifically, a LinkedIn Profile is one of the primary social mediums being used by recruiters to find employees. Recruiters spend hours online searching for talented people to join their organizations and would love to find you…as long as you are “findable”. One way to make sure that you are found is to create a strong Linked In profile. The key pieces of your profile include your profile picture, what you write about your experience and skills. Read on for 5 tips that describe easy ways you can quickly create a polished LinkedIn profile.
Pick a Professional Profile Picture
Your profile picture is the first place people look at when they land on your LinkedIn page. A good picture is one that clearly shows your face (usually with just your face or to your shoulders), has your hair in a neatly done style, and wearing professional dress with limited jewelry. When I was a recruiter, I knew recruiters that would judge candidates by their picture. If the person in the picture looked unkempt, unfriendly, or unprofessional, the candidate could be denied an initial interview. While it may seem easy to put up any picture where you can see your face, it is important to take a minute to make sure that you look like a polished professional in that picture.
Just like a tagline for a company, your headline is a concise way to express who you are and/or what you want to do. Next to your picture, your headline will be immediately seen by a prospective employer. If you are actively looking for a job, you can also include that information as well. Some good examples are:
- Creative Problem-Solving Coder looking for next Challenge
- Data Visualizer | Information Manager | Problem-Solver
- User Experience Designer, Passionate Solver of Complex User Issues
The summary section of a LinkedIn Profile provides the perfect opportunity for you to talk about your expertise and ultimately the value you can bring to an organization. It can be written in first person or third person, but should be concise and include keywords relevant to your skills and abilities. This is also a great place to highlight your technical skills by listing them in your summary. Recruiters actively look at summary sections to find if candidates would be a match for their specific organization. This section is also searchable, so including keywords can help recruiters pull up your profile. While this isn’t the place to write about everything you have ever done, it is important to have a least a paragraph written.
The skills section of the LinkedIn profile is one of the primary ways that your profile can be searchable for recruiters using LinkedIn. Because you can populate your own skills section, take a moment to think about the keywords that highlight your current skills and also align with the type of jobs you want. People can endorse you for these skills as well, so make sure they are relevant to your expertise and aren’t all aspirational. A complete LinkedIn profile will feature between 5 and 20 skills. A good number of skills to start off a profile is 10.
With a little effort your profile can easily jump to the top of the search list when recruiters go looking for talent.
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