Networking is crucial these days as 85% of jobs can be found through networking. It greatly helps to progress in our career. It helps to find the right opportunities, connect and strengthen professional relationships and learn the skills needed to succeed in your career.
LinkedIn is one of the essential networker tool-kits.
It has become the world’s largest professional network on the internet. It helps you find the right internship and job opportunities. A complete LinkedIn profile can help you connect with the right profile you desire by showcasing your experiences, accomplishments, skills, etc. So here are some basics of LinkedIn which will help you build a professional profile (some BONUS TIPS included too).
● Upload a professional photo
Your photo should be of a high-quality image resolution and most importantly must be up-to-date and latest. Always remember to use a professional photo. As they say, a good picture is worth a thousand words. So your photo plays a key role in your profile.
● Add your location
It is important to specify your location as this is the most important filter recruiters use. So make sure that you add your correct location.
● Create a professional headline
Your headline is the first thing people look into when they view your LinkedIn profile page. Use keywords to describe who you are and what you do. Don’t just do this but also write a headline which contains benefit to the viewers.
● Create a summary and describe your experience
This is where you tell about yourself, showcase your skills or experience you have and why you are a valuable connection. A mere 2-3 paragraphs would suffice. This is where you summarize your current and past roles. This is where you write about your past internships, jobs, etc.
● Add 5 skills or more
Here, you use keywords to communicate your skills. You can add as much as 50 skills but minimum 5 must be added. The more skills you add, the better are the chances that you will be the top match for different roles.
● Fill out education and add your accomplishments
This is where you write about your educational qualifications. Also don’t forget to mention your academic or your field related accomplishments. Everybody likes a young achiever.
● Once you build a strong profile, start building network
Don’t be tempted to send invitation to any and everyone you know. Initially go slow, send invitation to those who you trust and value on some professional level.
● BONUS TIPS
✔ Be socially active
Don’t stop just after building profile. To really take advantage of LinkedIn as a networking tool, it is essential that you remain active. Keep posting valuable content on your profile for your network to see. Share valuable articles and news stories written by you or others.
✔ Join groups
This is a great place to continue social networking, sharing valuable content with target audience and engaging in various opportunities.
✔ Explore news updates and events
LinkedIn is a great platform to keep you up-to-date about what is happening around you and the world. It will greatly help you to create your own valuable content. To increase your visibility on the platform, don’t hesitate to like, comment and interact with someone who posts relevant content.
● These are the basics of a classic LinkedIn profile, so go ahead and make a top notch profile and get spotted by recruiters.
All the very best from Team Houseitt.
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