5 Ways to Improve your LinkedIn Profile Now
LinkedIn is a big deal. In May 2011, LinkedIn reached over 100 million members and is continuing to grow at a rapid pace. With so many professionals using the service, LinkedIn gives you vast opportunities to connect with people in your industry, search for jobs, or find incredible talent. If you aren’t using LinkedIn yet, what are you waiting for?
LinkedIn offers many advantages, but just like anything else worthwhile, the more you put into it the more you get out of it. Below are 5 things you can do now to improve your profile and make LinkedIn more effective.
1. Keep your profile updated
Just a few small tweaks to your profile every few weeks will greatly improve your visibility on LinkedIn. You don’t have to give your profile a complete overhaul, but adding a new skill or changing a title will help tremendously. Along with keeping your profile fresh, your network connections will notice each time you update your profile, keeping you in the forefront.
2. Accept invitations from people outside your circle
LinkedIn is all about expanding your professional network, so don’t be afraid to accept invitations from people you don’t know really well. The more connections you have, the more professional opportunities you create for yourself.
3. Explain what you do
A job title is great, but it doesn’t really explain your actual role in your position. Go into more detail with your profile by explaining your daily tasks, how you endorse the company and why your role is relevant. By elaborating on your job responsibilities, your connections will get a better idea of your capabilities and skills, which is great information for people looking to hire talent or collaborate.
4. Join LinkedIn groups
Groups will service you by putting you in front of people you may have not found through a previous search. Join groups related to your industry and participate by sharing your knowledge or answering questions. Groups are an ideal way to build relationships and add connections, so take advantage of them!
5. Connect with classmates
Last year, LinkedIn rolled out a system that enables people to connect to alumni of different colleges and universities, allowing you to connect to your fellow classmates. Just click on your school and select your industry and location and LinkedIn will do the rest. The classmates database is a simple way to reconnect with people you may have lost touch with or discover folks in your area that not only work in your field, but live nearby.
Using LinkedIn to its full potential will help you build a powerful professional network that can help you stay at the top of your industry, find talent to work with or find a better job. The more you take advantage of the service, the more you will get out of it.
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