Creating an Amazing LinkedIn Profile
Do you have LinkedIn? These days, it’s hard to find someone without a profile and robust network on LinkedIn. Many college business classes require students to create their own LinkedIn profile to showcase their achievements and begin to grow their professional network. Whether you are looking for a new job and want to make sure your LinkedIn reflects your best self or you feel that your profile is a bit outdated, you’ll find our suggestions ensure that your page reflects the best of your professional self.
Keep your positions, volunteer experience and skills up to date and accurate to your position, or the position you are targeting. If you still have your lifeguard job from when you were in high school on your profile, it might be time to take that down. Keep your profile picture, contact information and job titles up to date. If your profile picture is from your senior photos or a photo you quickly snapped, it might be time to update! Additionally, you’ll want your title, any accolades or certificates to clearly explain what you currently do, and moreover what you want to do.
When you post and engage on LinkedIn, utilize the space to showcase your professional abilities. Although LinkedIn is categorized as a social site, it isn’t Facebook, Instagram or otherwise. LinkedIn was created to build up your professional network, connect you to companies and jobs and be a place where you can gain and give professional advice. You never know who might be viewing your profile and posts, so strive to keep your presence positive and professional. This is not a platform created for you to vent or post pictures of your cat, however cute they may be.
Send a note to potential connections when you reach out to connect. Perhaps you met them in passing or they spoke at an event you attended. Including where you originally met or saw them and a thoughtful note speaks volumes. Going above and beyond can make the difference when it comes to a new connection or job.