Much like your resume, your LinkedIn profile should be easy to read, captivating and highlight your wealth of accomplishments in each role. Below are 6 areas that you should focus on when perfecting your LinkedIn profile:
Profile Picture -Provide a professional head shot with an inviting smile. A smiling photo makes you seem approachable and friendly. Who wouldn't want to work with someone like that?
Headline-Strategically condense your skills with the use of a headline. This will increase your visibility in the competitive job market.
Summary - When creating/updating your summary, answer the following questions: "How would I like to be defined?" "What do I know, how well do I know it and how many years have I been doing it?" "What will the company benefit from hiring me?"
Employment History - There is no need to bullet point this section; a summary will do. However, you should also include your top 2-3 prominent tasks/assignments that you have done and own it!
Recommendations-Enhance your value-add with a recommendation! Recommendations will share what your colleagues and leadership thought about you or your work ethic. Were you known as an Excel guru, a marketing extraordinaire or the go to person for technology savvy projects? Then request that your contributions be captured and shared in a recommendation!
Causes-What are you passionate about? Say you're a Software Developer at a prominent IT firm, however your are passionate about Advocating for Children. A recruiter will notice your cause and feel confident to reach out to you for a position...maybe as a Software Developer within a Human Rights organization.
THINK AND APPLY