Tips for a more professional linkedin profile!

Tips for a more professional linkedin profile!

Having a LinkedIn profile seems good but maintaining a decent and professional profile is worth a million.Only the profiles which stand out will bring the connections and sometimes expected jobs too.In the era of “Networking” and “Outbound hiring”, hiring managers are spotting their right fit through linkedin.Looking into your profile, if an HR says “It’s not worth the much”.Your chance has gone already.Turning your linkedin profile as a very good networking tool to help you achieve your professional goals will happen only when your profile looks way professional.Here are the tips to make it.

Follow Profile Completion tips:

We can add education information, work experience, skills, current work position and profile picture at linkedin.It’s like a digital resume.Follow the Profile completion tips while adding/editing the data at your profile.

Add a profile headline and summary:

The headline is your professional identity and the summary explains your personality.When recruiters/professionals view your profile, this will be a  complement.It is also important to use keywords in your headline, summary and also throughout your entire profile. The keywords could consist of your main passion or profession and will help your LinkedIn profile turn up more often on search engine results.

Turn off  Activity broadcast temporarily:

For example, you choose to update your LinkedIn with ‘old details’, if you are finally coming out adding as the HR manager, your connections will think that you’ve only gotten the job recently.By turning off your activity broadcast temporarily, You can update your linked profile without much noise.

Steps to turn off Activity broadcast:

  • Go to ‘Settings’.
  • click on ‘Privacy Controls’.Under this, you should be able to see ‘Turn on/off your activity broadcasts’.
  • Click on this
  • Another overlay window will appear allowing you to uncheck the option.
  • At the end of the overlay window, you can find “Save changes”.Click on that.

After saving these changes, other users won’t be able to see every detailed profile update you’ve made.You can choose to leave it off or turn it on after you’re done editing.

Proofread your profile:

You should check your profile for grammatical and spell errors.It shouldn’t be nice to have a profile with errors.This will create a bad impression among recruiters which takes the opportunity away from you.Also, check whether your profile is communicated well to the readers without confusing them.If so, then word your profile information effectively and make users understand what your profile is about.

Produce only true statements:

Appearing untrustworthy is never good for business.Not only it is very easy to check and confirm anything on the Internet, it is also a sign of how ethical or non-ethical you are.False statements will stop your chances without any mercy.Be loyal and produce true information on your profile.It will increase your value among recruiters.

Customize your profile URL:

You can customize your  profile URL even though your LinkedIn profile URL will consist of random alphanumerical characters by default.It will enhance your personal brand that complements your profile.

Steps to customize:

  • Go to “Settings”.
  • Click on “Privacy”.There you can find the “Edit your public profile”.
  • On clicking this, you will see “Edit public profile URL”.
  • You can edit your URL on clicking that.

Use Linkedin badges on your websites:

You can use the HTML codes of the badges to use on your blog, website, forums or other social medias that you frequently use.When users click on these badges, they’ll be automatically directed to your LinkedIn profile.It will create a chance improve your connections.

Steps to get the profile badges:

  • Go to “Settings”.
  • Click on “Privacy”.There you can find the “Edit your public profile”.
  • On clicking this, you will see ‘Profile Badges’.
  • Clicking on Create a profile badge will bring you to another page where you can choose from the many designs available.

Place the right profile picture:

You can have fun and go crazy with your Facebook Timeline covers or  instagram profiles.The picture should portray yourself “how potential you are to your recruiters?” and “How perfectly you fit in your role at the industry?”.So the high definition, recent picture that explains the above said qualities will be the right profile picture.

Be active:

  • Update your LinkedIn status once or twice daily; once at the beginning of the day and another at the end of the day
  • Participate in 3-5 key LinkedIn groups 2-3 times a week.
  • Like, comment and share your network’s updates daily.

Actively involved in these groups could lead you to make new connections and maybe you can found a new job.

Add a note:

While you are making a new connection, send them a personalised note.Even though the request is already standardized but it’s always a good idea to personalize the notes. The receiver would at least get an idea of who you are and if you are up to it, you can even cut to the chase and suggest a business meeting with the person.

Add Linkedin to your Email signature:

A great way to get connected with clients or people you’re working with is to add your LinkedIn profile link to your work signature. This indirectly increases the exposure to your LinkedIn profile, helping you to make connections, even when you aren’t actively doing so.

Steps to add linkedin to  your Email signature: 

  • Open linkedin, Go to settings. select “Privacy & Settings” and then  select the “Edit your public profile”.
  • Scroll down to the “Your public profile badge” and select “Create a public profile badge”.
  • You’ll be given lots of different options regarding buttons to choose. Decide which button most appeals to you.
  • Copy the code associated with that button and paste it into a word doc.
  • Copy the URL starting in “https://static.licdn.com” and ending in “.png” since we need only the image portion.
  • Go to your Gmail settings now, and click the “Insert Image icon” in the “Signature” section.
  • Select the Web Address (URL) tab and paste the image portion of code you copied from LinkedIn in here.
  • When Gmail displays a preview of the LinkedIn button you’ve chosen, click “Select”.
  • Use your cursor to highlight the LinkedIn button image in your signature so that the options Small – Medium – Large appear. Then click the “Add Link” icon on the top.
  • Now additional options will add on the image. Select the “Change” option from these new options.
  • From that word doc, copy the URL relating to your LinkedIn profile and paste it on the web address box back in Gmail.

 

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