How to Build an effective LinkedIn Profile?

Sep 18, 2017 11:48 IST

How to Build an effective LinkedIn Profile?
How to Build an effective LinkedIn Profile?

LinkedIn profile does more than what a resume of a candidate does before getting notified about the job opportunity. But, this happens only if the profile of professional or newbie catches the attentions of others who always keep their hunt continue for desired one on LinkedIn.

Take a professional photo

People, most of the time, see the visuals earlier than reading the text, either it’s on professional networking site such as LinkedIn or it’s on social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter. Your friends might first see the picture you have included in a post before they begin to read and understand the text. A profile photo is, therefore, more likely to be seen earlier than what you have written in your profile. Take a professional photo and unload it after ensuring that your face is clearly seen in the photo. 

Construct A Good Headline

The headline of your profile ranges from one to three lines which is underneath your profile name. You have only 120 characters, including spaces to write it. Don’t consume all of that in explaining ‘who are you’ and ‘what do you do.’ Use it with wisdom and try to explaining what have worth for targeted profile viewers. Apart from this, you will have to follow the certain rules for a good and instant working LinkedIn profile.

  • Contain the benefits to the viewers in your profile 

  • Avoid using all upper case letters

  • Avoid describing ‘who you are’ and ‘what do you do’

  • Use keywords in your headline

  • Use necessary and required punctuations

  • Avoid using symbols like ◊, ➤ etc.

Write a good description

A good description is able to convey what are the key responsibilities of a professional in the organisation and how is he fulfilling all of them. It lies below the job title and experience where the candidates are permitted to explain their ‘what role they play in an organisation’ within 1000 characters. The spaces are also included in this. Most of the candidates successfully add their experiences to their profile. But, they, most of times, don’t explain ‘what do they do in the organisation.’ So, to raise your LinkedIn profile, try to organise a good description using the tips we’re citing in bullets. 

  • Organise your LinkedIn description using keywords for the specifics

  • Use language that is easy to read and understand for anonymous viewers

  • Take important part of bullet lines that cited in your resume and use it.

  • Delete the unnecessary words, lines, and stuffs, to include and highlight the necessary and relevant one.

  • Structure one to three sentences using what is, now, with you. 

Summary

This is the section where you are given 2,000 characters, including spaces to summarise everything you cite in rest all sections of your profile. The online visitors, sometimes, don’t spend their time to see every section of the profile and screen the candidates only through the summary of their profile. The summary, therefore, plays an important role for the candidates. So, try frame, structure, and organise it in such a way that it can be searched and selected.  Here are some important tips you must follow for a good summary of a LinkedIn profile.

  • Don’t use unnecessary words, sentences, and stuffs that is neither important nor relevant

  • Try to use keywords that, you think, might be searched by the online visitors or viewers. 

  • Don’t include any sensitive information meant for internal use at your current organisation.

  • Structure, and frame it in such a way that your skills, accomplished projects, achievements, work experiences, and expertise can be known by others most effective way.

Experience

It’s the place where you can, literally, prove your worth. Don’t fill this section just citing what was your last organisation, what were your responsibilities there or how much time you worked there. But, go beyond all this by sharing relevant videos, projects, images, presentations, and paper cuttings quoting you as efficient professional.

Recommendations

Getting recommended by the leading or famous professionals or personalities of the industry is, no doubt, a matter of prestige. Apart from this, it is beneficial for professionals in many ways too. So try to get recommended by at least two persons for each of the positions you held in past. Besides, manifesting different viewpoint about your potential, skills, knowledge, and work culture, it’ll support your profile to stand apart. 

Contact information

It’s up to you that how easily you want to get in touch with your other LinkedIn contacts. You can provide your primary contact number and email address to get in close touch with the people. You can also give them non primary contact info like Google GOOGL +0.97% voice number (which will transpire all the voice message into text) or alternate email if you don’t want get in touch with the LinkedIn contact directly.

Conclusion

With the drastic changes in the professional world, the preferences, goals, challenges, and requirements of the industries has been changed. And to find out the desired one who can face the new challenges and meet the targets of the organisation in current scenario, the methods have also been changed. Now, the professionals are been selected through their representation on professionals networking sites. And LinkedIn is one of the most suitable places where an employer can find a candidate who meets the requirement of his organisation. Through this article, we have tried to help those professionals who don’t know how to build and represent themselves on LinkedIn.

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