Are you a regular user of LinkedIn? LinkedIn is the social cum professional website which has a large users count.
If sources are believed, LinkedIn have a global user’s count of 433 million. In U.S. only there are total 123 million users.
Every Second 2 new LinkedIn users are connected.
Today, it is being recognized as more than just a social platform to show your professional skills. It has become a good source to hire the highly deserving and qualified candidate for any job. But just registering in the website is not going to benefit you anyhow. You need to design a professional profile that can show best of your capabilities with well written resume infomercials. Being a fully professional podium, your profile must also be relevant to your skills and profession.
So, here we have collected 11 solid tips to create a killer LinkedIn profile and rock the social media.
94% Of US companies rely on social media for recruiting
1- Understand The Theme: Prior initiating the edits, notice the theme LinkedIn is made for. No doubt that it is a social media platform, but it is solely created for professional connections. It is not like other social media that you can use for normal chit-chat. Factually speaking, because of this reason, LinkedIn is used less than other social sites.
LinkedIn’s percentage of social sharing is only 4%
With such a small share, globally, you may now understand the precise use of it. After you acknowledge the exact use of this social site, you will be able to write a best suited profile for the readers.
2- Add A Solid Professional Profile Pic: You are going to be live on a professional website. But that's incomplete without your virtual presence. Yes! To show your genuineness, you need to add one of your pic. Today, the existence of fake accounts can’t be neglected. So, to show that you are a genuine user, it's important to have your own profile picture. It also helps the recruiters to recognize you. Although, it's always prescribed to avoid adding pic within your resume; but here, as it is a social profile too, it's equally important to add it.
3- Write A Rocking Headline: An appealing headline is of utmost priority. A headline is what attracts the user/reader and compel them to check out your entire profile. But in contrary, if you are running an old and unlikely headline, your profile may be neglected by numerous users. You don’t need to an Oxford qualifies or English professional. All you need is to add your skill and current position you are working on. It will help the recruiters to check out your profile and scroll your entire profile. An appealing headline generally comprises of following points:
★ What you are
★ What you do
★ The audience you serve
Keep in mind that your headline is to show what you do and for whom. It's not anyhow about explaining yourself.
4- Generate Custom URL: Every social platform allows you to create your own URL which can be used to visit your profile. In most of the websites, your custom URL comprises your username. But LinkedIn allows its users to create a custom URL for their profile. Setting a custom address will help you to send your LinkedIn identity to others. It has also become a prominent factor in searching for best suitable candidate.
From SEO perspective as well as recruiter’s perspective, a static URL prompts to be a big factor. Your profile will be easily visible in the search results when searched for your name.
5- Add All Your Specialties: Your specialties shows that you are capable to execute any task that requires such skills or specialties. All your specialties must be mentioned in an elaborative manner. With your profile, it must be clear that you are a well skilled personality and the best deserving candidate for any appropriate job.
Never hesitate to add your additional talent. Instead, it must be highlighted above all. It will help you to get highlighted among your competitors.
6- Treat It Like Resume: You can treat LinkedIn as your online Resume. Because of being a fully professional website, you are also benefited with the DOWNLOAD option. You can download your complete profile in form of a resume. That’s really impressive!
So, it must be written/crafted in similar pattern as provided by any resume writing service provider. Anything that you want to be present in your resume, add it to LinkedIn profile too. Make it as best as you can. But remember, this doesn’t mean that you have to use attractive fonts or fancy designs. A big NO to such amendments.
7- Employment Status Is Must: Obviously! It’s equally important while completing your profile. If you avoid this, how can a recruiter acknowledge your present occupation, your total experience and other professional details? The social site has managed a separate section to add your current and previous employments. So, fill them accordingly.
Note that always add your roles and responsibilities in the Description section below each employment profile. It will help viewers to know your work and activities you used to perform during your working tenure.
8- Manage Your Endorsements: LinkedIn has also offered a special section where you can add your skills individually. But it's not the only alluring thing. Your skills are visible to all your connections; hence they can vote/confirm that you have a good knowledge of that skill. The more votes you acquire for each skill, the more authenticate you become for the recruiter to occupy a special position for you.
9- Avoid Adjective: Well it's obvious that while writing the profile you will not hesitate in utilizing numerous adjectives like responsible, expert, analytical, hardworking, etc.
Common, Grow Up!
Everyone knows your capabilities. Everyone can't be hardworking, expert, and responsible. So, these types of words don’t make any sense while writing any section of LinkedIn.
10- Add Certifications (IF YOU HAVE ONE): If you have any certification that adds to your resume, actively add it to your profile. A certified candidate is always given more priority as compared to others without any certification. Your certification makes your profile unique from others, helping you to get more job offers.
Mention all possible details about your certifications like certification number, validity, etc.
11- Don’t Forget Recommendations: Recommendations, a must to have section in LinkedIn. Recommendations can be defined as the statements your colleagues, friends, co-workers wants to say for you. You can have recommendations from all sort of employees i.e. HR, your Team Lead, manager, and even your Owner. You can ask your connections to write recommendations for you.
So, don’t hesitate to ask for a recommendation. It adds stars to your profile as they can see how much your co-worker praise you for your work.
Well, that's not everything. There are many more points that adds to a 100% LinkedIn profile. But the above mentioned points are immensely important to look after, before sending connection requests as well as applying for different jobs.
With these vital tips, you are ready to create your killer profile and rock the social site.
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