In today’s modern age of technology, LinkedIn profiles are a necessity for those searching for jobs. LinkedIn profiles are a new way to view a resume. To summarize, LinkedIn is a social network for professionals looking to widen their careers. Many are introduced to LinkedIn as first year college students and then continue to build their profile once they’re out working. It’s a great networking site for young professionals. Thinking about creating a profile? Here are the do’s and don’ts the AcknowledgeHer team put together for your perfect LinkedIn profile.
Keep it strictly professional
- Your profile is your space to show who you are in a professional environment, that means don’t post messages or pictures that detail you as a non-professional. Your profile is open to many viewers including future employers and co-workers. Make it top notch!
Make a valuable welcome message
- First impressions are so important! Being that you are behind a computer screen, networkers are going off your profile, not face to face. Make sure you open messages with a nice greeting and keep the messages clean and direct.
Respond promptly to your messages
- So we’ve all heard of ghosting people right? Although you shouldn’t do that anyway in your personal life, do not do it on your profile. Respond to messages promptly! That user contacted you because they’re interested. Don’t go more than 2 days not responding.
Profile picture - get a headshot!
- Yes, that adorable picture of you on your vacation in Europe sipping wine is perfect for
Facebook, but not for LinkedIn! Professional headshots are a must for your profile. Can’t
afford it at the moment? Ask your college career center to see if they are holding free
headshots. Also look for local photographers for are looking to add to their portfolio!
Network your connections together
- Put your match-making skills to work! If you know one connection would work well with another, “link” them together! Talk about good karma coming your way.
Don’t treat your profile like Facebook or Twitter
- As stated before, keep it professional. This is not a platform to update your connections
about what you did during the day. Pro tip: keep your profile active however, don’t over
post, keep it to one update a day.
Don’t turn off email/notifications
- We all love that “do not disturb” button on our Iphones, however don’t mute your
Notifications. Important messages may come in that you must respond to promptly.
- Show respect to your fellow networkers. If you’re not appropriate, you will probably be blocked, which will prompt you to lose important connections.
Don’t overshadow conversations
- Don’t be self-indulgent. If you start a discussion or post a link, great! Let that
conversation have a nice flow between you and the others involved. Let them have that
space to talk. It is not your personal soapbox.
However, don’t be afraid to reach out
- You made this profile to be active, be active! Create common ground to create value for
your career. Sometimes, we have to make the first move to create an opportunity.