LinkedIn Profile Updates to Make Now
Are you in the midst of a job search? If so, you’re probably regularly searching for ways to make yourself more appealing to potential employers. Heck, even if you’re not searching for a job, you should always maximize your appeal. After talking to some of our stellar recruiters, we found that the first place they look is LinkedIn. Because of this, we compiled our top 5 tips to make your profile stand out and amp up your professional appeal. Here you go:
- Change your profile picture. Or for that matter, add one! If you have a profile picture, make sure it’s not a random shot. Employers like to associate a face with a name and they’re looking for someone who appears put-together and professional. Use a picture that is shot head-on and is in color, skip images with other people, and if possible, get your profile picture taken by a professional.
- Create a custom URL. Updating your URL to include your name not only makes you more searchable, but it will also make you look like a tech-savvy and thorough potential candidate. It’s best to use the name that people most frequently call you, avoiding the use of personal nicknames. LinkedIn’s own site is a great resource for tips on making this simple yet significant change.
- Remove your relationship status. Often, people list whether they’re single or married on their LinkedIn profile. Our advice? Don’t do it. Adding the romantic relationship you’re in appears too personal for this social platform. Save personal updates about your pending nuptials for Facebook.
- Get recommendations. Recommendations are huge, particularly when a potential employer or a recruiter is sifting through tons of profiles. All recommendations are good, but particularly focus on obtaining them from individuals that you directly reported to. This way, you’re supplementing your word with the words of other respected individuals.
- Update your contact info. A lot of potential employers are looking to fill a position because they have an immediate need. If it’s difficult to get in touch with a potential candidate, the hiring manager is likely to move on to the next candidate. Because of this, it’s essential to have an up-to-date phone number and email address that you frequently check listed on your account. You may also want to consider making your email address public so that interested employers can email you before you’re an actual connection.
While some of these tips seem elementary, you’d be surprised how often these things are overlooked. Go ahead. Check out your LinkedIn profile. You’ll probably find that you need to make some updates now, and you’ll undoubtedly enhance your job search later!