1. Update your photo
LinkedIn is increasing focus on you profile photo. This means you need to have a photo, and a professional, likable one at that.
2. Refresh your summary
The summary section is the place to discuss your biggest accomplishments. It is also important to note that the summary section is much more prominent. If you haven’t filled out a summary yet, write one. If you wrote one last year, update it. Because of the reduced size of the top box, your summary is now above the fold; thus more important, especially the first few sentences.
3. Work on your headline
Because the amount of information in your top box has been reduced, the remaining information is more important than ever, including your headline. The 120-character headline is one of the best spots on your profile to explain you and your brand. If the job title is relevant, include it in the headline.
4. Eliminate the 2012/2011 ‘buzzwords’
According to LinkedIn they are: creative, organizational, effective, extensive experience, track record, motivated, innovative, problem solving, communication skills, dynamic. Also avoid: results oriented, team player, self-starter, multitasking.
5. Showcase your latest volunteering experience
Demonstrate and document your personal side. What you do out of the office says a lot and employers or work connections can get a sense of you as a person by reading about how you spend your time. Update your volunteer info with new information.
6. Strengthen your skills list
The Skills section is new and one of the great ways to provide on overview of the skills you poses. These can be professional and directly related to your current job, or from volunteering positions.
7. Try an endorsement
To go along with Skills, LinkedIn has added a new feature called Endorsements. Give some endorsements and see who’s endorsed you (those faces by your skills).
8. List all your jobs and skills
One of the ways you are found is through searches on company names or schools. If you are only listing your current company and/or not even displaying your college, you are missing out on potentially being found. For every job listed, you definitely need a job description. Job descriptions provide you with the opportunity to describe your work experience and add keywords.
9. Get a new recommendation
Lists of recommendations that span months or even years are impressive. A recommendation from executives in your industry or at your company is the best.
10. Treat “contact information” like a business card
All your contact information is now summarized, nicely, in the top box and opens after a person clicks the Contact Info tab right next to the picture of the index card. Be sure to include all the ways you want people to contact you by: websites, Twitter, email, phone, IM, and your address.
11. Consider that website addresses are harder to find
The websites included on your profile (you can list up to three) have been moved to the Contact Info section and as a result you may want to mention your website(s) in your summary and/or job descriptions. Creating a company LinkedIn page can also help. LinkedIn gives you the ability to list three websites on your profile – take advantage of this. Do you have a Twitter profile or another social media profile that you want to advertise, a company website, or a blog?
12. Own and run a company? Start a LinkedIn company page
Company pages are a great way to promote your business and reach out to the professional networks on LinkedIn. Learn more here.
13. Clean out your old groups and add new ones
Groups can be one of the best ways to expand your network. Having a group in common gives you a good way to break the ice with helpful professional contacts.
14. Follow companies
LinkedIn rolled out company pages in 2012 and you can follow you favorite companies now. When you follow a company on LinkedIn, you can learn about job openings and become seen by commenting on news in the company’s activity stream.
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