Your LinkedIn profile is the first impression you make to many important people. People could be searching for you after you applied to their job posting, if they are looking to create a new position, or simply considering a new partnership.
Take a look over your profile and make sure you are presenting the best version of yourself in the following areas:
- Use your headline effectively
Make it easy for your readers to see benefits you deliver, areas you work in, and your specific expertise. The headline can be used more effectively than just your latest position’s job title.
- Get the best photograph
Spend the time and money to get a professional head shot taken. A picture is worth a thousand words.
- Include a summary
Your reader wants to quickly see your experience and this might be the only part of your profile that they read. Make every word count.
- Make it easy to connect with you
The summary is an ideal place for you to share contact information for people to contact you even if they are not connected to you. Making it easy will ensure you do not miss out on an opportunity.
- Select the most appropriate skills
The most powerful way to showcase your skills is to have connections endorse you. You will want to group similar skills together so it is easy for employer’s to see your expertise.
About the Author
Amy Searles has over 5 years of sales and recruiting experience. Prior to joining hireneXus she was the Associate Director of Admissions for a large, private college and a highly-successful outside sales rep for a marketing company. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.