LinkedIn is a great tool to utilize when professionally representing yourself. The social media platform has a variety of functions that allow users to network in an online environment. When reading the assigned readings as well as when learning about LinkedIn own my own I’ve noticed that there are 10 or so best practice that you see everywhere. They include:
1. Complete your profile
2. Add connections
3. Keep your profile public
4. Include a photo
5. Write a solid professional summary
6. Mention your skills and use key words
7. Keep contact settings updated
8. Add website links
9. Utilize LinkedIn applications
10. Get recommendations
Many of the best tools, applications and strategies for creating a strong online professional presence are listed above. Each component adds to the overall effectiveness of your professional online presence in a unique way. However, utilizing a combination of tools and apps helps make your platform usage that much more effective. For example, a user is able to add their blog to their LinkedIn profile via and application, which is perfect because I am currently developing a blog now. In addition to the blog, there are areas on the platform that allow you to voice your interest in learning about blogs or the topic matter your speaking about in blogs, making your point that much stronger.
The statistics located in the infographic are also really interesting. Especially the stat that says 1 in 6 workers used social media to get hired. I’ve personally been reached out to by recruiters based off of what was on my LinkedIn profile and, because of the platform capabilities, have been able to maintain relationships with them . Therefore, I know it is a great tool to use!
The greatest part about LinkedIn profiles is that they are ever changing. The ability to grow your profile as your career grows is a valuable asset. Overall, I’m excited to further develop my profile in the following weeks.
“10 Tips to Enhance Your Job Search on LinkedIn”
“Ten Ways to Use LinkedIn in Your Job Search”
“Use LinkedIn Effectively”
“Using Social Media in Your Job Search”
“How Social Media Is Reshaping the Job Search”
“The Modern History of the Resume”
“INFOGRAPHIC: Can Facebook, Twitter And Linkedin Really Get You A Job?”