With LinkedIn becoming one of the largest social media websites in the entire world, there has never been a better time than now to tune up your profile. In the article below, we will walk you through a few tips you can use to make your LinkedIn profile stand out.
1. Use a Professional Profile Photo
The picture you choose sends a strong message about who you are, so make sure your profile picture looks professional. Dress nicely and avoid flashy jewelry or sunglasses - a suit or collared shirt will work just fine. People are visual and a good profile picture will help you stand out from the crowd.
2. Make a Strong First Impression
How do you want people to see you when they see your LinkedIn profile? Make sure your headline and personal tagline reflects who you are and your accomplishments, and that your positions match those on your resume. A good headline is an attention grabber for recruiters.
3. Use Your Personal Profile Link
Using your personal LinkedIn URL in exchanges will give you an added flair of professionalism. When sending your LinkedIn profile, do not just copy and paste the url from your address bar, customize and use your unique name to share your profile. You can find it next to your contact info.
4. Make Yourself Personable
Writing your headline and details in first person can make you seem more open and personable compared to a person who writes in third person. This will make you seem more approachable, and lead to more people seeking you as a connection on LinkedIn. You want your profile to sound like someone recruiters, clients, and hiring managers would like to meet while still maintaining an air of professionalism.
5. Get Recommendations
A good referral will take you a long way. You should first thoroughly examine your job related skills and add them under your skills and endorsements section. Then, you should seek out old co-workers, supervisors, work colleagues, and others who know you professionally to endorse you for your skills. This will help boost your profile when being reviewed by recruiters as it shows others recognize and appreciate your skillset.
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