LinkedIn is a site for professional but can be used as a source to online dating. Visitors to your profile are the only people who are your present, developing and future investors, employees, colleagues or customers. And just like it said first impression is always the key to future encounters it is applicable on LinkedIn too. You agree with it or not people has an outlook to judge you just with how sleek your profile is and appears on LinkedIn. If your profile presents only a boring, irrelevant, skimpy information then you are likely to miss out a few potential investors or career opportunities and important connection that may take your career to a next level. Bad profile leads to dent in the reputation and an off to business. Here we are share to few important tips on what to avoid when creating a LinkedIn profile and if you have already been a part then how to fix your blunders.
Unprofessional or a casual picture or No picture– Profile pic to an extent says it all and holds the ability to retain visitors and can even deviate visitors. You aren’t doing personal branding on LinkedIn because you are not a veterinarian and no dog walker so a labra doodle picture is best avoided. Superheroes, kids, gaming isn’t what professionals are looking for when browsing LinkedIn so paste your picture next to your name for establishing trust and makes it look more real than sketchy. Post the best head shot of yourself to get people in. The best high resolution pic that shows the best you should be on your LinkedIn profile and save those extra high school shots for your Facebook page as we are talking professional here. Never use your present company’s logo as your personal profile page as you need to save it for LinkedIn section of company page. Invest high on a professional taken shot that is friendly and is appealing to people making them comfortable while approaching in.
Get recommendations – Pointing out your skills, accolades, abilities from your overall experience page is appropriate and critical too. It’s important to have your accomplishments and achievements highlighted by your past colleagues, employees or partners. Zero recommendations is likely to get no professional vouch for you. Try and ask your partners, colleagues you have worked in the past or currently doing to write few compelling, positive recommendation for you and solicit form there only solid recommendations to view on your LinkedIn profile. Let them know that you are seeking their recommendation or sincere testimonials to add value to your professional claims and skill sets you have mentioned on your LinkedIn profile.
Add active links to your profile– Adding live links are essential to show your taste of brands to people visiting your profile. As it is said seeing is believing, live links added to your profile are essential samples of the work you can correlate with. If you are a freelance content writer add links of the articles or blogs written and published by you on social media, press releases etc. Each link will demonstrate your skill set and your credentials in the best professional manner to showcase your work. Upload videos of any awards achieved, presentations demonstrated by you, audios specifying your work details etc. to showcase the best set examples of your work.
Invest time and show off as it is best when started.