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These days, creating an online professional brand can help to open doors to opportunities and network in ways that hadn’t existed before the social media era. Many people feel reluctant to tap into what social media has to offer because they aren’t aware of its power or simply don’t know how to embrace it.
With the start of the pandemic, it has become clear that most of the job search, as well as hiring has gone online. Therefore, we simply cannot put off creating a professional LinkedIn profile and building our network.
LinkedIn has gained traction all over the world, becoming popular and widely used in many countries. There are over 700 million LinkedIn users in 200 regions worldwide.
LinkedIn is also home to over 30 million companies. More than half a billion professionals come together on LinkedIn.
If these numbers aren’t enough to convince you to start your own page, check out these ones: 61 million LinkedIn users are top executives and 40 million of them are decision-makers in the hiring process. If you are searching for a job, or looking to change your career path, LinkedIn is the right place for you to start.
Read on to find out more about LinkedIn, how to create a profile that ticks all the boxes, as well as discover the world of networking opportunities and leads.
1- What is LinkedIn, and Why Does it Matter?
LinkedIn is the largest professional network on the Internet. There are so many things you can do on LinkedIn. Here are just a few examples:
A stellar LinkedIn profile can help you to stay up to date and automatically connected. By showcasing your unique professional story, you are much more likely to stand out and catch your potential employer’s eye. As you are reading this, employers are searching for their perfect hire and you may land on top of their list.
You can also use LinkedIn to share media, organize events, participate in groups, write articles etc. All for free!
If you have a business or planning to start one, without LinkedIn presence, you are missing out on opportunities to boost your company, promote your product and generate leads. If you are looking to follow the leading B2B marketers’ footsteps, LinkedIn is the ultimate asset at your fingertips!
Different people, including employers, use different ways to learn about you. They will only spend a few brief moments looking at your profile, so the first impressions really matter here. In this section, we’ll look at how to create a profile that makes an impact. According to LinkedIn:
Users with complete profiles are 40 times more likely to receive opportunities through LinkedIn.
# 1 Use a Professional Profile Picture
Based on the statistics, profiles with a picture are 14 times more likely to be viewed. They forget to mention, however, that mainly profiles with professional pictures get all this attention. A picture of you surfing on holiday or jogging will probably not do.
So, what picture should we include? First of all, your picture should be current. Also, your outfit should look professional. Cocktail dresses may look great, but it’s best to save them for Facebook or Instagram. A good headshot with a plain background that takes up no more than 60% of your avatar space may be your best choice.
Your headline is a short introduction, showing your network who you are, where you work and what you do. It should be concise as there is a strict limit of 120 characters. A good way to start is by making a list of keywords and phrases that represent you and what value you add to the organization. Then, you can combine these essential expressions into a clear-cut message that gives people an idea of who you are and what principles you advocate.
When editing your profile, you will need to add your current location and industry to improve your chances to be discovered by professionals in your area.
# 3 Write an Authentic Summary
Think of your summary as building on your headline, expanding it and telling your story in relaxed but businesslike manner. You have 2,000 characters to tell your audience about your strengths, qualifications, experience, and accomplishments.
You can also use this space to share your company values and mission. A good thing to do is to think of some industry keywords that will catch the eye of your target audience. Remember not to overwhelm your network with too many abbreviations or technical terms.
These sections will help you to tell your story, communicate the value you brought to the table in your organization, as well as show the recognition you received for your contributions.
You will need to add one current position and two previous ones, but simply listing your current and previous roles won’t be enough! You need to make good use of the space, organizing the information into short paragraphs, preferably with a few bullet points (3-5 bullet points will do!). There is a minimum of 200 and a maximum of 2,000 characters that you can use, however you don’t have to use all of them, as long as you have described what you did in the role, what value and mission you served, and what difference you have made.
Bear in mind that if you are studying or don’t have a job at the moment, you still need to list your current position, as your profile won’t be ranked ‘all-star’. You could probably write that you are a student or open to opportunities in a certain field.
You could add some links to your work, website, or publications below to show your potential employers what you can do.
Another thing that may help you stand out and boost your profile is asking people for recommendations. You could reach out to your former coworkers or supervisors to write a short recommendation for you. You can write some peer recommendations for them in return.
# 5 Highlight Your Skills, Endorsements and Interests
To achieve the cherished ‘all-star’ profile status you need to include at least 5 relevant skills. By that, we mean the skills that are relevant to your role or the job you are looking for. Magic tricks, party jokes and fire breathing may be listed as skills, but seriously, are they applicable to your career goals and aspirations?
If you don’t have the Skills section, you may need to add it yourself. You’ll need to go to your profile summary at the very top of your profile, click View More, find the Skills & Endorsements section and click Add Skill button. There you go! You can start adding your skills!
You may be wondering why it’s important to add the skills. LinkedIn uses special algorithms to rank your profile based on your experience and skills when you are applying for a job. Employers usually list the skills they are searching in the job description. You can also check how you match for the role and what skills you need to add to improve your chances.
Don’t forget to take LinkedIn skill quizzes to earn skill badges and enable endorsements for the skills in your profile settings!
You can endorse people you know for their skills and ask for endorsements in return. This will show your potential employers that you have been recognized for your skills by other professionals, as well as help you to build your network on LinkedIn. Adding your interests will also help you to discover people of a similar mindset and connect with them. Read on to find out about the importance of expanding your network on LinkedIn.
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3- Tips for Expanding Your Network Through LinkedIn
#1 Invite People to Connect
You can start by connecting with the people you already know but probably haven’t spoken to in a while. You can send them a personal message asking them how they are doing. Another way to reach out to people is by engaging with the content they are posting. So, it’s a good idea to like and comment on their posts!
You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you. –
American writer and author
You can also react to posts of users you don’t know and invite them to connect but remember to send a personal invite accompanied by a short message saying why you’d like to connect or what you thought was inspiring about their profiles. It will take a few quick seconds to customize the invite, but it will make a HUGE difference. Don’t forget to check in with your connections and follow up on messages. It’s important to maintain relationships with the people in your network.
#2 Join Groups
Think about your interests and join some groups based on what you gravitate to. Join the conversations in the groups, invite the group members to connect and accept their connection requests to keep the communication going.
#3 Share Posts with Tags and Hashtags
A great way to get people to connect with you is by sharing engaging content such as articles, achievements, videos, and tag your connections. Perhaps you did an online course via LinkedIn, so you could post your certificate of achievement along with a thank-you message and tag the workshop facilitators or providers.
You can also use hashtags with some keywords. There are lots of default hashtags, but you can also create your own. This will attract likeminded people to your profile, who could be potentially added to your network.
For more tips, visual examples and advice reach out to our co-op manager on email@example.com or our international team to find out more about how to stand out as a candidate on the Canadian job market.
One of the greatest things of LinkedIn is its search functionality, which you can use to look for people, jobs, companies and much more. Here are some of the hacks to help you build your network quicker and more effectively.
# 1 Use LinkedIn Search Bar and Apply the Filters
The easiest and the most efficient way to find people quickly is by using the Search bar to look for people with similar interests, industry influencers, or your school alumni. This can be done by simply typing in the name of the person you’re looking for (if you know it), the job title or the company.
You can search for many people here, too. Simply click on Search for People with Filters from the dropdown.
70% of people got hired at a company where they had a connection. Your network can help you massively when it comes to connecting you to job opportunities. Try out the Connections filter in All Filters on top of your search page. You can apply more filters when you are there, such as industry, company, location etc.
# 3 Search for Organizations
LinkedIn allows you to not only search for people, but also look for companies, universities, and schools you are interested in. It offers you irresistible insights into their culture, trends, and updates. You can also check out the profiles of the people who work there and reach out to them for helpful tips and advice. To do this, simply type the name of the organization you are looking for in the search bar.
5- Pros and Cons of LinkedIn Premium
You may be wondering what additional features are out there to advance you even further in your job search and if they are worth the extra fees. We have it all explained for you.
A basic free LinkedIn account already has a lot to offer: you can add connections, give and ask for recommendations, search for jobs, and set up job alerts.
For an additional premium account fee of 50$ you can unlock 4 additional features:
you can see who has viewed your profile
your full profile will be open to all users to initiate more conversations
you can get unlimited access to LinkedIn Learning
you can send up to 15 direct InMail messages to people
Well, the Premium account doesn’t come cheap, but it may be worthwhile if you’re actively searching for a job. Anyway, you get a one-month free trial, and you can always change your mind and unsubscribe, so why not?
You’re all set to unlock the amazing opportunities LinkedIn has to offer! For more help and support reach out to us on our social media channels:
Things to Remember
A stellar LinkedIn profile can unlock irresistible job opportunities and help you to stay current
LinkedIn is the biggest professional network with over 700 million users you can connect with
An ‘all-star’ LinkedIn profile can attract numerous potential employers
By building your professional network, you can boost your chances of getting hired
There are many ways to search for people and companies. Don’t forget the filters!
Is LinkedIn Premium worth it? Try it out for a month for free and see. You can always quit!