In our previous blog post, we presented “Job Hunting Tips for the Older Generation.” One of those tips involved beefing up your LinkedIn profile.
That’s because these days, a person’s LinkedIn profile is nearly as important as their resume. However, members of the older generation may not have a LinkedIn profile, and even if they do, that profile might be lacking (in more ways than one).
So—what can you do about it? According to the article “Take Your LinkedIn Profile to the Next Level with These 5 Tips” by Michelle Tak on the USAToday.com website, there’s plenty you can do about it.
Below are seven ways to beef up your LinkedIn profile:
#1—Choose an appropriate profile photo.
As we mentioned in our previous blog post, don’t choose an outdated photo. That’s borderline deceptive, especially for a professional networking site. As a result, you want to send a professional message with the photo you choose.
#2—Present a professional summary.
Look at some of the other summaries that exist on LinkedIn. What are your skills and qualifications? What experience do you have? What opportunities are you seeking?
#3—Highlight the work you’ve done.
If you’ve accomplished a lot in your career, it’s not going to help that much unless you’re able to showcase those accomplishments. Unlike a resume, you can present your work in a number of different multimedia formats.
Endorsements are an excellent way to illustrate the value that you can bring to an organization, since those who recommend you will speak directly to that value. The more, the merrier in this area.
#5—List your skills.
In addition to recommendations, you can list the skills you’ve acquired over the years. There are many from which to choose, so don’t be shy.
#6—Solicit endorsements for those skills.
Unlike recommendations, all your connections have to do to endorse your skills is click a button. That alone should make it easier to compile a healthy amount of endorsements.
#7—Go heavy on the volunteer experience.
More and more employers are putting a greater emphasis on this experience, and it could mean the difference between getting your foot in the door and having it slam shut in your face.
Click here to read the USAToday.com article in its entirety.
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