First off, I love LinkedIn. It has been pivotal in helping me build my “professional brand” and market myself to companies that may be looking to hire. So, with that, I’ve put together my top 5 tips for building an awesome LinkedIn page based on things I’ve learned as a young professional!
1. Have a professional profile picture. Set up some time to get a head shot taken, this could even be your friend with a decent camera taking a picture of you in front of a white wall. It’s the first thing someone sees when they look at your profile, you don’t want to turn them off with something so silly as a bad picture.
2. Strive to make 500+ connections. I know it sounds silly, but a profile with 500+ connections is automatically seen as a better profile than someone with fewer. This is why starting a LinkedIn profile a year or two before you start applying to jobs is important, it will give you time to start connecting with your network.
3. Have company descriptions on your profile (at the very least). You want to provide the person viewing your profile with as much information about your experiences as possible. Take it a step further, and add specifics about the tasks you completed and things that you learned. This will give the viewer an even more in depth understanding of your capabilities.
4. Add all of your certificates, awards, projects and publications. These help show the depth of your experience and accomplishments. All they can do is help your profile!
5. Endorse your friends and colleagues on LinkedIn for their skills. In return, your network will begin to endorse you for your skills. Even having just a few endorsements looks better than none at all.