How to Create a Powerful LinkedIn Profile
Are you not getting the most out of LinkedIn? Not making any good connection? Then you need to give your LinkedIn profile a makeover and achieve some great results.
1. Start with the basics
Begin by filling in the easier sections of your profile that can be found at the bottom of the page. Starting from the bottom will get the basics out the way and give you the confidence and motivation to finish the rest.
2. Determine a goal
Think about what you are looking to achieve with your LinkedIn profile. What kind of person will be reading your page? Now you can write your profile with the goals and reader in mind.
3. Include contact information
Make sure add your contact details, because without this vital information you will miss great opportunities.
4. Get some recommendation
Get at least three recommendations to add to your profile page. Don’t be intimidated and reach out to clients or people you have worked with.
5. List your experiences
To complete your profile add three experiences to your page. Write a summary about the company and what your role and responsibility entailed. Also a brief success story can highlight one of your main strengths.
6. First Person Summary
Don’t just copy your resume into the summary section. You need to write in the first person and explain what your strengths are, and what you have achieved so far. To make the best impressions, be genuine, honest, and conversational.
7. Write a powerful headline
A compelling headline is the key to getting people’s attention. Summarize what you do, to form the basis of your headline. Many headlines will start with the phrase “Helping businesses”
8. Add a great photo
It is worth hiring a professional photographer to get a great profile shot. It would be a shame to ruin all your hard work by adding a poor image to your page.
9. Claim your public profile URL
Create a memorable public profile URL by using your name or a variation of your name. This makes it easier to include the URL on your website, blog, email signature, business card and any other place you are marketing yourself.
10. Keep it real
This isn’t the place for corporate jargon and resume speak. Write in a conversational and friendly manner. Let the world know what value you can bring and just sell yourself.