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LinkedIn Tips

Posted on: April 23rd, 2014 by Nicole Lobo 1 Comment

I have been recently looking for jobs and found LinkedIn to be very useful. So for this week’s post I thought I would share some of the interesting things I found on LinkedIn that could help you in your job search as well as some useful tips I have found to make your profile look more professional.

In addition to Ramblerlink, LinkedIn can be very useful platform to find jobs. Once you have created your professional profile on LinkedIn, you can set email alerts to receive notifications of recommended jobs. You will be able to see the notifications on your homepage as soon as you log into your LinkedIn account.

It is important to have a professional online presence. Recruiters will Google you and your online presence is typically the first impression they have of you. Therefore, it’s important to  control what they are going to find. LinkedIn is a very useful tool to control that information.

One of the biggest benefits of LinkedIn is that you can check out the pages of your targeted employers. By visiting company pages, you can conduct a research on the whereabouts of the company, the hiring process and what people have to say about that organization. This kind of company research on LinkedIn can always keep you ahead of your competition and increases your employability.

Another useful aspect of LinkedIn is that it allows you to gather and organize all your recommendations in once place which is visible to everyone. LinkedIn has a tool for requesting and posting recommendations from other users who have worked with you professionally. A recommendation adds a lot of credibility to your profile.

I also found an article which talks about how  you can improve your LinkedIn profile. I’ve put the tips below as well as the link to the original article.

Here are her 21 steps to making your LinkedIn profile awesome.

  1. Your name should only contain your name

  2. Your headline should be catchy and have keywords and phrases that you would want to turn up in Google search results

  3. Photo should be taken by a professional

  4. Social proof is important online, so make sure you have at least 500 connections. This leads to credibility and authority on the web.

  5. Add all relevant contact information

  6. Customize your website names to attract your target market

  7. Customize your profile URL

  8. Update your status daily that adds value to your network. This could mean your latest blog post, presentation or some content you found that is worth sharing.

  9. Use keywords and phrases that you and your business would like to be found for online

  10. Write in the first person

  11. Speak directly to to your target market so they can self-identify

  12. Add a video or slideshow. Many people prefer to watch rather than read

  13. Tell people to click to play video as it is not that obvious

  14. Keyword load your skills and expertise section

  15. Use the “Projects” section to highlight free reports, downloads or to showcase the products and services you are promoting

  16. Again, keyword load your current and past work history

  17. Use keywords and phrases when filling out your “Experience” section

  18. Make sure you have at least 10 recommendations

  19. Add any volunteer experience you may have including causes you support

  20. Add any significant media awards, recognition and achievements to enhance credibility in the “Honors & Awards” section

  21. Join 50 groups

Read more at http://www.jeffbullas.com/2014/01/21/h21-steps-to-create-an-awesome-linkedin-profile/#FpVzTX72I6ruTMSV.99

 

I hope you found this blog entry useful!

If you would like to connect with me on LinkedIn you can find me at https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicolelobo

 

One Response

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