Quick Tips For LinkedIn

Here are some basic quick tips to make your LinkedIn stand out and impress potential suitors. I’ll provide a more detailed explanation on how to maximize your LinkedIn’s potential in the near future.

1. Professional Photo – You don’t necessary need a head shot. But try and get a nice, clean, crisp picture of you in your best business outfit. Think of it this way, would you wear what’s in the picture to a job interview? If the answer is no or shaky, find another picture. If all else fails, have a friend take a quick photo.

2. Get Recommendations…REAL Recommendations – Don’t have your roommate or friend who works at Subway write you a recommendation. Let’s get real. Recommendations are falling by the way side anyway. Employers really don’t care about them that much anymore. But get your boss, professor, or someone with some clout and name/title recognition to write a recommendation for you and it could peak some interest. The employer most likely will glance over the recommendation itself. What they’re really interested in is who said it. Your friend might bring you to tears, but if his title is, “Cashier,” don’t put it up.

3. Link To Your Websites and/or Blogs – Ok, so some of you might not have a blog or a personal website. Link to an organization you’re involved in. Link to your school. Link to your current or past employer.

4. Max Out Your Percentage. LinkedIn provides a “completion” percentage. This is largely accomplished by adding key sections like skills, a photo, experience, and specialties. Make sure it reads 100%.

5. Applications. LinkedIn allows you to get creative in some aspects, changing what is shown on your profile by using applications/widgets/plugins or whatever you prefer to call them. For example you can upload documents for prospective employers to download through a box application. Or you can link it to your blog so it shows your most recent blogs, same with twitter. You can add a “What am I Reading” type of plugin that shows employers what kind of books you read. These can go a long way in giving employers a glimpse into your personality and more info. The easier it is for them to get an idea of who you are, the more likely they are to contact you for an interview or opportunity.

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About Jason Willis
Jason graduated from the University of Central Florida in the fall of 2011 with a B.S.B.A. in Finance. He currently works at The Newport Group as an Investment Analyst on the Asset & Liability Management Team working with Non Qualified Deferred Compensation Plans. In his spare time he continues to give back to AKPsi by assisting with the CFAC and NX Chapter at UCF. He also currently operates his own blog entitled Professional Hedging, and is also preparing to acquire his Series 7 and 66 Certifications.

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