How to create a LinkedIn profile
If you aren’t using LinkedIn, you are missing a great opportunity. It mainly focuses on careers and jobs. Here are few tips to make a smart LinkedIn profile:
Customize your public profile URL
Do not have a confusing public profile link. You can customize your link and make it look more professional. Have a link like this:
Add a background photo
You can add a background photo to your LinkedIn profile. Do no leave it blank. And, remember this is a professional networking site. Do not use a photo that you took at a booze party or say at a beach. Use a photo that is clear and gives a professional touch. The guideline says that your cover photo must be a JPG, PNG, or GIF file under 8 MG in size. The resolution should be of 1400 x 425 pixels.
Add Your Samples
You are at a liberty to add images, videos, documents, links, presentations and so on. Use this opportunity and do not leave your experience segment blank. If you have a blog or a website, add it to your profile. It is better to optimize your LinkedIn profile in such a manner which is Search Engine as well as user-friendly.
You can save up to 10 job searches and 3 people searches. You don’t have to waste your time in searching the same profile and job repeatedly. Once you are done with your search, you can click the save search option at the top right corner. Also, LinkedIn gives you an option of reminders. You can choose for weekly or monthly reminders.
Convert your LinkedIn profile into a resume:
Do not be surprised to know that you have this option in LinkedIn. Use the Resume Builder Tool to convert your LinkedIn profile into a resume. There are several resume templates to be chosen from. Choose the one that works for you, edit it and share it on your profile. You can also export it in PDF format.
Get endorsed for your skills:
Recommendations always work and what better way than getting your skills endorsed? Ask your ex-manager to endorse you. Let your colleagues put a word about your skills.
If you haven’t made necessary changes to your LinkedIn profile, visit your account and do it right now.