3 Simple Things Your LinkedIn Profile Should Have to Get Your Next Job
According To A LinkedIn Career Expert
Your LinkedIn profile for potential employers is your first impression. However, 65 percent of people believe that your online impression is as relevant as the impression you personally make. Making a great first impression is therefore key to your next chance.
Here are 3 tips on how to improve your LinkedIn profile from LinkedIn career expert Blair Decemberle.
1. Profile Photo
You are using your profile photo as your virtual handshake. Users with LinkedIn profiles photo can have up to 21 times more views of their profile. Ensure that your profile photo represents you as a professional, and also approachable. When starting to think about the photo type you choose to add to your profile, make sure you are using a simple background, and you have at least 60 percent of the frame filled with your face. Have a friend snap your picture and directly upload your picture from your mobile phone.
Include your qualifications and current position on your profile for greater chances of recruiters considering you on LinkedIn. LinkedIn data shows that professionals with current positions on their profiles are discovered up to 16 times more by recruiters, and it leads to 17 times more feedback from recruiters.
LinkedIn research shows that 69 percent of professionals believe that their skills are more important than higher education in search of employment, and that 87 percent of recruiters agree that skills of candidates are critically important to them.
You don’t need to have a lot of work experience to emphasize how a potential employer can benefit you. Consider how you have acquired skills in school projects, in internships or in the voluntary work, and list them on your profile, like interpersonal skills or ability to adapt, that can relate to a specific role. With your LinkedIn Skill Assessments, you can also verify your hard skills, such as Excel or Adobe Photoshop.