So, I will admit – I was late to the LinkedIn game. At first, I thought it was kind of creepy to have all of your work and personal info out there. (For reference, I don’t put any of that on my personal Facebook account). But once I realized that friends were getting jobs and making connections off of LinkedIn, I decided to give it a try.
Like a typical Type-A person though – I didn’t want to just throw some shit up there and hope it worked. I wanted to make sure my profile was on point. Since I am basically obsessed with The Muse as my career guru, I turned to them to find out what I should be doing. From there, I found articles on Business Insider, Forbes, Career Horizons and more. (And no, this isn’t a paid or promotional post – I just really do love The Muse.)
To save you all the time and searching I had to do, I’ve compiled all of their best tips, templates and information into the list below. PLUS, I put together a quick hits worksheet of tricks that I have learned myself along the way.
(1) Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery
Obviously, it is never a good idea to plagiarize someone. Let’s just put that one out there. BUT, it IS a good idea to look at people in the industry you’re either in or want to be in and see how they write their summaries. What information do they include? What do they not include? Is it written in first person or third person? Look for those key details and see how you can craft your own story using those standards.
(2) Personality is key
Depending on what your field is – you can show a lot or at least a little personality in your LinkedIn profile. Though I don’t have scientific proof (bonus points if anyone can find some for me!), I feel like the millennial generation is a lot less concerned about being super formal when it comes to the job world. We seem more concerned with seeing whether we like someone or we like what they have to offer. So showcase who you are! Share your strengths in the best way possible. Make a self-deprecating crack at yourself (keep it appropriate, of course), while highlighting your amazing attributes.
(3) How much personality depends on your field
The tip above depends upon what industry you work in. If you are still in one of the more traditional fields (medicine, law, etc), you will definitely need to tone it down. Unfortunately, there is still an aversion for anyone too “out there” in some of the more formal fields. However, if you are searching for a more creative job or if you are someone who knows you don’t want a more traditional field – then really let your personality shine! It will allow you to attract the type of views and companies and recruiters that you would want to work with.
(4) Dress for the job you want
This is speaking metaphorically of course – but dress your profile for the job that you are interested in having. If your current industry is not where you want to continue, emulate those that are in the area you want to move towards.
(5) You never know who your friends might know
Be sure to connect with friends (key word – FRIENDS) who are in a wide variety of fields. Don’t just stick with people in your own current area. You don’t know who someone else may have a connection with. Just because they are in a science field and you are in law, doesn’t mean that they might not be able to connect you to your possible dream legal job. So make sure you are tapping into every friend link you can.
Here’s a worksheet to help you add these ideas to your own LinkedIn profile!
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BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
Here are even MORE amazing LinkedIn Tips, Templates & Info to make sure your career game is on point.
(1) Profile Tips
The 31 Best LinkedIn Profile Tips for Job Seekers via The Muse
LinkedIn Tip: 5 Small Tricks & Quirks via Career Horizons
Does Your LinkedIn Headline Suck? via The Muse
17 New Ways To Make Your LinkedIn Profile Irresistible To Employers via Business Insider
(2) LinkedIn Templates
(3) Increase Your Popularity
How to Use the Relationship Tab to Improve Your Networking via Social Media Examiner
5 Ways to Get The Most Out of LinkedIn Groups via The Muse
22 LinkedIn Secrets LinkedIn Won’t Tell You via Forbes
5 Things to Do Once You Join a LinkedIn Group via JobJenny
(4) LinkedIn Dont’s
24 LinkedIn Rules You Might Be Breaking via The Muse
The 10 Most Overused LinkedIn Buzzwords of the Year via The Muse
8 Mistakes Not to Make on LinkedIn via LearnVest
Know of any other good sources I forgot or have an ideas to share? Let me know in the comments!
Until next time, my loves!