LinkedIn Profile Tips That Will Help You Land Your Dream Job
Searching for a new job can be a long and difficult process.
As you begin your journey to find your future career you may find that you are asking yourself and others some of these common questions.
“Where should I be looking?”
“How do I get my brand out there?”
“How do I show my value to potential employers?”
These are great questions to keep in mind during your job search. It is important to be proactive and to understand how to best display yourself to potential businesses and employers.
Thankfully, showing who you are and what you have to offer has become easier in recent years.
Today, LinkedIn is an amazing resource that can help you find your dream job…if you know how to use it.
Infinity Staffing knows that navigating exactly what employers are looking for on your LinkedIn account can be tricky.
Today we will discuss some LinkedIn profile tips to help guide you through making a clear and eye-catching profile.
Create A Clear Career Summary
Making a job summary that is to the point, relevant, and well written is essential to catching the attention of potential employers on LinkedIn.
Spend your time on this section and make sure it is well thought out and written. Double-check your grammar and make sure how you’re presenting yourself is clear.
Add past employment that is relevant to the type of job you are hoping to get now. Don’t spend too much time highlighting the dog walking job you had at 18, unless of course, you are wanting to work in that business still.
Make A List Of Your Skills
I know for some of us it may feel awkward and uncomfortable to think up a list of things you are skilled in. However, it is so important for you to sell yourself with confidence.
List all relevant skills you have developed. Employers (and staffing agencies near you) want to see what you will be able to bring to the table if you end up working for them.
And if you’re having trouble coming up with “hard” skills like coding or drywall installation, don’t underestimate the power of talking about “soft” skills you possess.
These can be attributes you have developed in and out of the workplace like attention to detail, great work ethic, or the ability to multitask.
Both skill types help give a good picture of what you have to offer.
Have A Handful Of Recommendations Listed
Whether you’re applying for a job, working with a staffing agency, or creating a LinkedIn profile, having 4 to 6 recommendations shows that you are a valued employee and speaks highly of your work.
Profiles lacking in recommendations may leave employers questioning why.
Don’t leave them wondering why you don’t have recommendations! If needed, call past employers and ask if you can list them. Be prepared and make sure anyone you list knows that they could be getting a call.
Consider Customizing Your URL
Creating your URL may sound difficult, but it can be quite simple.
“Your URL (uniform resource locator) is the address of your LinkedIn page on the Web.
Customizing it will drive it toward the top of a Google search on your name.
On your profile page next to the rectangular grey “Edit” button to the right of your name, click on the drop-down menu, and then click on “Public profile settings.”
Halfway down the page on the right side, you’ll see a grey bar that says “Your public profile URL.”
Underneath the bar, click on the blue phrase that says “Customize your public profile URL.”
It is that easy! A few extra minutes and you can have a profile that’s easy to find and that stands out.
Show Your Personality
Make It Yours
You should always be professional on your LinkedIn account, but that does not mean you shouldn’t put some personality into your profile.
Showing possible employers who you are through your LinkedIn profile is a great way to make professional connections. Don’t be afraid to list a few hobbies or a personal mission statement or a unique cover photo!
Have A Profile Picture
“Add a professional profile photo – A good profile photo increases the credibility of your profile and helps you stand out from the crowd.
Members with a profile photo on LinkedIn can get up to 21 times more profile views than members without a photo. You can also add a background image to personalize your profile.”
Once you have your profile in place, don’t just let it sit there stagnant.
Use all of LinkedIn’s resources to benefit you. One great way to do that is by making connections.
Try to connect with your industry peers and influencers within your field.
These connections can be invaluable throughout your career. Start working hard to make connections now and you will benefit for years to come.