Tips For Setting Up A Decent LinkedIn Profile

There are a lot of social networking sites that are being used for professional networking, but LinkedIn is made especially for this reason. It has over 225 million users worldwide from over 200 countries and territories. LinkedIn is more professional than Facebook and Twitter, and that’s why it’s important that you set up a good and professional profile. There are some things that you will want to avoid and some thing that you might want to add. Here are some tips to help you on your way:

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1. Your Picture

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Your profile picture is important because although LinkedIn is a professional networking site, it is still social media and that means that it is personal. You’re going to need a good close-up picture of yourself. Preferably made by someone else, but if you must take it yourself, make sure that it doesn’t look amateurish. You want to look presentable, but also friendly on your profile picture so it’s a good idea to smile on it. This way you will invite people to read more about.

2. Keywords

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People search by keywords everywhere, so it is important that you use the right ones. Keywords on LinkedIn are just as important as hashtags on Twitter. If you use the search bar on LinkedIn you can get a good idea of what other people are searching for. If your keyword doesn’t show up on the search a lot, it is better to find another one, because people won’t be able to find you. Try to use your keywords throughout your LinkedIn profile as much as possible, but don’t make it look like you’re spamming. Gradually mix them into your profile like morsels in chocolate chip cookie dough.

3. Jobs

It is important to add many jobs to your profile so that more keywords will be on your page and you will look more important to people. Don’t worry, we’re not going to ask you to lie. Just add all your previous jobs that you had and add as many ‘current’ jobs as you can think of. Exaggerating is allowed here. For example, if you keep a blog you can add this as a current job and it will show up on your profile, and when people search for blogs they might find you.

4. Ask people you know for recommendations

A couple of recommendations and reviews will look good on your page. If you ask your friends, family, colleagues or even your superior at your job to write a review about you, this can make you look interesting to other people and they will know that you are trustworthy/that others are satisfied with you. If someone agrees to write a recommendation for you you should always offer to write one for them in return. Try to be honest on the review that you write and if you are not really crazy about the person that you are writing about, don’t exaggerate, round it up nicely.

5. Sell yourself

Just like on other social media, you should try to appear interesting so that people want to keep reading. LinkedIn is a professional networking site, but it is also personal, so you should try to find a balance. You should always talk about yourself in the first person, and never in the third person (don’t refer to yourself as ‘he’, ‘she’, ‘mister’, or ‘miss) because you are addressing people directly and it’s not like you’re writing a resume. Show that you are passionate about your job, and that you enjoy doing what you do.

Hopefully these tips will work for you. It is hard to get started with something like a social networking site that you are completely new to, and sometimes you just need a few tips to get you started. If you have any tips about LinkedIn, please feel free to share them in the comment section.

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