If you’re looking for a job, you should be on LinkedIn, and if you’re on LinkedIn, you have to make sure your profile is ready for potential recruiters and hiring managers.
LinkedIn Profile Tips For Job Seekers
We’ve written about LinkedIn many times in the past on this site, and we encourage you to go back through our archives and view some of the LinkedIn tips that we’ve shared in the past like the ones below:
- How to Use LinkedIn to Find a Job
- 6 Best LinkedIn Job Search Tips
- 3 Ways to Use LinkedIn Groups for Your Job Search
- How to Find Your Dream Job With LinkedIn Search
If you are new to LinkedIn, you might find it helpful to have a cheat sheet for understanding how to create a great, effective profile.
LinkedIn Profile cheat Sheet
- Create a professional profile photo. Make it visible.
- Be thorough but focused with your LinkedIn profile. Write for the specific job you want.
- Add keywords. If someone was searching for your skills, what terms would they use?
- Utilize the summary space with your most relevant points.
- Highlight achievements using key numbers from your past.
- Add all of your work experiences except the least relevant ones. Make sure every word relates to the job you want.
- Take advantage of all sections, including volunteer, languages, etc.
- Ask connections for recommendations. It’s hard to be shy when you’re looking for work.
- Keep updated with endorsements. Highlight only your best/most relevant.
- Share relevant information and thoughts of your industry.
- Grow your connections. More people (as long as you genuinely know them) helps.
- Promote your current company. Let yourself seem like an employee that loves their company.
- Use media. Adding photos or links or videos to your profile page add to your expertise.
- Don’t look like you are quitting. Write your profile in stealth and sound positive about your current workplace.
It’s all about visibility and the quality of the information. Once you are happy wiht your profile, then you need to make sure it is working hard for you.
LinkedIn profiles are a lot like resumes, and so every detail you place in the profile should be detailed, impressive, and written for the job you’re trying to impress. More is almost always better (unless the information you place in there is not relevant), and the more time you spend making sure that your profile is impressive, the more contacts you’ll receive.