How To Create A Killer LinkedIn Profile That Will Get You Noticed

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LinkedIn is a great way to connect with people in your industry, network and see available jobs. It’s an online resume and social media website that makes it possible to connect with people who work in your dream job and find out what other areas you might want to get a career in. The better your LinkedIn profile, the more likely you are to be noticed and connected with. Becoming a LinkedIn All-Star is easy peasy with these Linkedin profile tips.

 

1. Make your photo clear and professional

Your LinkedIn profile is seven times more likely to be viewed and connected with if you have a clear profile photo. It doesn’t have to be wooden and stuffy, but it should be clear, appropriate and show who you are. Take a photo against a light background or use a professional headshot.

2. Make your headline catchy

The first thing people will look at is your headline, so you can jazz it up a little bit if you like. Include where you work and your position, and make it clear for anyone looking at your profile what it is exactly that you do.

3. Check your contact info

In the ‘Contact Info’ section, you can add social media profiles, websites, and email addresses so make sure you do an audit and check for anything unprofessional lurking on your public Facebook feed. You should also add your contact information to the bio and make sure it’s public, just in case someone viewing your profile is interested in contacting you but is not connected with you on LinkedIn.

4. The best biography ever

Make your biography short and sweet, lay out your achievements or things you’re proud of in bullet points, the key to a great bio is being human, so use first person and let your personality shine through.

5. Add projects

Adding projects you’ve worked on, embedding media and things you’re proud of will help to make your profile more interesting to look at. You can add blog posts, collaborations, reference and feedback for work, videos, photos, anything that is interesting to look at and makes you seem more professional and trustworthy is great.

6. Join groups and add causes

It’s important to join groups and use LinkedIn for networking, you can message people on LinkedIn, and most people do use this feature to ask questions, ask for advice, talk about events coming up in their sector or just to connect. If you’re a little unsure, join groups, you can follow certain brands and businesses to get updates about when they’re recruiting, join groups to network with people with similar interests and even add causes you believe in.

The more causes you add, the more likely it is for an organization or recruiter to take notice of you, it shows you have passions and beliefs outside of work and looks great on your profile.

7. Get endorsements

LinkedIn works on a give and receive basis, I’ve found. So, if you give endorsements out, you’ll receive them. Connect with people you know and work with and endorse them for the skills they’ve listed, they’ll return the favor. The real trick is getting recommendations. Usually, if you recommend someone you’ve worked with, they’ll recommend you, too. All you have to do is write a short reference about why you’d recommend that person to another organization.

Don’t sell your soul, though, endorse and recommend people that you genuinely believe in and trust. The more you have, the higher your profile will rank!

So there you have it, you’ll be a LinkedIn All-Star in no time!


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LinkedIn is a great way to connect with people in your industry, network and see available jobs. It’s an online resume and social media website that makes it possible to connect with people who work in your dream job and find out what other areas you might want to get a career in.

The better your LinkedIn profile, the more likely you are to be noticed and connected with. Becoming a LinkedIn All-Star is easy peasy!

 

1. Make your photo clear and professional

Your LinkedIn profile is seven times more likely to be viewed and connected with if you have a clear profile photo. It doesn’t have to be wooden and stuffy, but it should be clear, appropriate and show who you are. Take a photo against a light background or use a professional headshot.

2. Make your headline catchy

The first thing people will look at is your headline, so you can jazz it up a little bit if you like. Include where you work and your position, and make it clear for anyone looking at your profile what it is exactly that you do.

3. Check your contact info

In the ‘Contact Info’ section, you can add social media profiles, websites, and email addresses so make sure you do an audit and check for anything unprofessional lurking on your public Facebook feed. You should also add your contact information to the bio and make sure it’s public, just in case someone viewing your profile is interested in contacting you but is not connected with you on LinkedIn.

4. The best biography ever

Make your biography short and sweet, lay out your achievements or things you’re proud of in bullet points, the key to a great bio is being human, so use first person and let your personality shine through.

5. Add projects

Adding projects you’ve worked on, embedding media and things you’re proud of will help to make your profile more interesting to look at. You can add blog posts, collaborations, reference and feedback for work, videos, photos, anything that is interesting to look at and makes you seem more professional and trustworthy is great.

6. Join groups and add causes

It’s important to join groups and use LinkedIn for networking, you can message people on LinkedIn, and most people do use this feature to ask questions, ask for advice, talk about events coming up in their sector or just to connect. If you’re a little unsure, join groups, you can follow certain brands and businesses to get updates about when they’re recruiting, join groups to network with people with similar interests and even add causes you believe in.

The more causes you add, the more likely it is for an organization or recruiter to take notice of you, it shows you have passions and beliefs outside of work and looks great on your profile.

7. Get endorsements

LinkedIn works on a give and receive basis, I’ve found. So, if you give endorsements out, you’ll receive them. Connect with people you know and work with and endorse them for the skills they’ve listed, they’ll return the favor. The real trick is getting recommendations. Usually, if you recommend someone you’ve worked with, they’ll recommend you, too. All you have to do is write a short reference about why you’d recommend that person to another organization.

Don’t sell your soul, though, endorse and recommend people that you genuinely believe in and trust. The more you have, the higher your profile will rank!

So there you have it, you’ll be a LinkedIn All-Star in no time!


Trying to find your dream job? The Career Girl Academy is back on Sunday 29 January and you definitely don’t want to miss this!

Career Girl Daily will come to life with masterclasses on how successful people manage their money, found their dream job, and more – join us at the coolest spot in London this month! Reserve a guaranteed place when you book your tickets to this event here.


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