Shower some sparkle on your LinkedIn profile
I know what you’re thinking, not another social network. And it’s not even a fun one *insert huffy face here*.
You may be ignoring LinkedIn but potential employers, clients, colleagues and maybe even suitors (Yup, I just used a word that your gran’s too old to remember. It’s retro!). Annoying but true, people are searching for you on there right now and you want to make sure they like what they find.
You definitely want to have a picture, if nothing else it makes it easier for people who know you to connect with the right profile. Stand out by not going for the usual corporate shot, show a bit of personality…
erm… not too much personality! And definitely avoid a cleavage shot.
Stop advertising the jobs you’ve done and start talking about what you DO!
Ok, so this is an SEO thing (stick with me). LinkedIn is searchable because of the words you use on your profile. If you’re profile is full of past achievements, those are the jobs searches you’ll turn up in. Use your “Summary” section and projects tab to add more information about your current achievements and future plans to ensure that’s how your seen by recruiters.
Pop in some personality
Do you blog? Have a presentation that you’re really proud of? Eclectic reading habits?
Why not include the WordPress app to share your most recent posts and install SlideShare so that you can show your powerpoint chops. Now, there is an Amazon app but think very carefully before installing it, do you really want them to know about your Mills & Boon habit?
What about all that volunteer work? Add an extra section to your profile to showcase the great work you’ve been doing in your spare time. It’s a great way of getting credit for work you’ve been doing pro bono.
Et voila! A nifty face lift for your LinkedIn profile.
And if LinkedIn doesn’t do it for you, why not try some of these nifty ideas:
So, what makes you stand out?