For all professionals, LinkedIn is the place to network. It is serious yet gives that personal touch to the people who want to get connected over work. But is your profile professional enough to attract that attention by employers/or even anybody in the network.
The professional network LinkedIn shares some of the tips for those looking to perfect their profiles.
Stand out from the crowd
Your summary is the first thing people look at after your profile picture. You may know you’re capable of demonstrating ‘leadership’ with a ‘great track record’ but too many buzzwords make it hard for your profile to stand out. Use examples of your experience, focus on how you’ve demonstrated leadership with specific examples and highlight those great results with real numbers.
A picture’s worth a thousand words
Instead of saying you’re ‘creative’, why not show people by including presentations, design work and projects you take pride in? Remember, you’ve only got five to ten seconds to impress.
Share views and news
So you have ‘extensive experience and great communication skills’? Tell the world by publishing a post on LinkedIn. By offering your opinions on industry matters, you’re positioning yourself as a thought leader and sharing your knowledge.
Get to know people like you
If you want to show you are ‘motivated’ about succeeding in your industry, join a group. Share your thoughts on news or articles to show you care about the sector and widen your network. Members who are active in groups get 15x more profile views than members who don’t take part.
Recommend a friend
If you think someone’s ‘exceptional’, why not say it? Spend time writing meaningful recommendations using specific examples. Not only does this show you really know them, it also means they are more likely to return the favor. A couple of glowing recommendations are worth a hundred buzzwords.
In you professional capacity, it is essential to keep your profile crisp while choosing words to describe yourself.