Social media is an unmistakable and—to a certain degree—unavoidable part of life. It’s also very subjective in the sense that some people love social media and use it all the time and some people do NOT like it and rarely use it. (If ever.)
However, LinkedIn is the professional social networking site. This means that even if you don’t like social media and don’t like to use it, you should probably have a profile on LinkedIn. You must remember that when you apply for jobs, hiring managers routinely check applicants’ social media profiles when trying to decide whether or not to consider them.
Below are three simple ways to instantly improve your LinkedIn profile:
#1—Upgrade your profile picture and/or cover photo.
First, if you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, then it’s a good idea to create one. Second, if you have a LinkedIn profile, but you don’t have a photo associated with that profile, then you should post a photo to your profile. Third, if you have a LinkedIn profile and you do have a photo, but that photo is not as professional as it could be, then upgrade that photo with one that is more appropriate.
And when we say, “more appropriate,” your work attire is just fine. But make sure that it’s a close-up shot, a head shot in high resolution.
#2—Focus on skills.
Sure, you must post job titles, both with your current employer and also with past employers, but these do not convey the true value that you can offer. That’s why you must not only list the many skills that you possess, but also feature them as prominently as you can on your profile.
That’s because, as we’ve pointed out in previous blog posts, everything in the employment marketplace comes down to value. You could call it your “professional capital.”
#3—Consistently share content.
It’s not enough to simply just have a profile. If you create a profile and then you don’t do anything with it, that’s nearly as bad as not having a profile at all. The good news is that you don’t have to do a lot to keep your profile looking engaged and active.
In fact, all you really need to do is share one item or post one update per day (or once every other day). LinkedIn is not a social media platform that demands that you post multiple times per day in order to be effective. The idea is to share content that is related to the field in which you work or just the employment marketplace overall.
Use these three simple tips to upgrade your LinkedIn profile instantly and position yourself for more professional and career success!
Last year, Time Staffing won ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing Client and Talent Awards for providing superior service to their clients and candidates. ClearlyRated's Best of Staffing Award is the only award in the United States and Canada that recognizes staffing agencies that have proven superior service and quality based entirely upon ratings provided by their clients and job candidates. Time Staffing received satisfaction scores of 9 out of 10 or 10 out of 10 from 75.4% of their placed talent, significantly higher than the industry’s average of 45%.
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