Whether you’re job hunting, gathering leads, or networking in your industry. Having a professional, eye-catching LinkedIn profile is an excellent idea to make sure that you can be found by the right people at the right time. For that first, you should know how to become a powerful LinkedIn profile?
First and foremost: It’s not about you! Draft your summary in the first person (as in “I accomplished XYZ,”) but recognize who your audience is. With each statement you write, consider who you are hoping will read it, and what you’re hoping they will take away.
Filling out a profile isn’t tough. There are some essential methods you should follow to make your profile is as powerful as possible:–
· Start with a professional photo:
If you don’t have a professional headshot, add that to your to-do list. Go with the most honest, most professional looking snapshot you have — and promote as soon as possible. And smile! Keep this in your mind: That photo may be your first reaction with a potential employer.
· Make your headline stand out:
By default, LinkedIn populates your head with your job title and prevailing organization. You don’t have to leave it that way. Consider listing your specialty and addressing directly to your audience. If you want your profile to be explorable, include relevant keywords. If that’s not as big of a concern for you, consider getting away from industry jargon to stand out. Try to keep 10 words in your head approximately.
· Fill out the “summary” field with 5–6 of your greatest achievements:
Use bullets to make this easy to read. First set your target reader and then paint a picture of how you can make that person’s life simpler. You can also attach media files, including videos, so if you are a speaker or presenter, an intro video could be a great idea.
· Add images or documents to your experience:
Did you aware about it that you can attach media files to your experience? It’s an excellent way to construct a visual portfolio along with your standard resume information.
· Fill out as many as profile as possible:
That includes skills, volunteer associations, education, etc. This is the place to put all the interesting stuff that doesn’t fit on your resume but paints you as a well-rounded individual. One quick note: if your volunteer experience directly pertains to your job search, put it in as work history, so it’s up in the relevant section, not down at the bottom.
· Keep your work history relevant:
There is no need to list every single job you ever had. Alternatively, only list the jobs that are suitable to your current career goals.
· Add links to relevant sites:
If you have a work-related blog or online portfolio, make use of the three URLs you are permitted on your profile and link to it. Probably better to leave off the baby blog and cat videos, though. Use discretion.
· Ask for recommendations:
Endorsements are excellent still, recommendations are the currency of the realm on LinkedIn. Connect to past colleagues, supervisors, and associates and ask that they write you a recommendation.
· Use status updates to share industry-relevant content:
This can help show recruiters that you are focused and in-the-know in your industry.