After answering hundreds of questions about using LinkedIn I thought writing an article covering some of these issues would be very helpful, so I hope this list of 10 Tips can clear up some important and essential points about Using LinkedIn.
10 Tips To Master LinkedIn Tactics And Sky-Rocket Your Profile
Tip # 1: Your LinkedIn Profile Is Your Online Resume
Your LinkedIn profile is your online resume that means maintaining your profile can open up many career opportunities, and be helpful in ways you may have never even thought of. Updating your LinkedIn profile is essential to helping you get more job opportunities. The best thing you can do is making sure your profile is clean and presents you in the best light possible. Any job is a mutual relationship, and so while they evaluate you, you could also evaluate them. LinkedIn allows this to occur through “Recommendations”.
Tip # 2: Build A Strong Network From Professional People
Like other social media, LinkedIn purpose is professional networking. LinkedIn can help you connect with other people in your area. Whether you meet someone new who can set up a meeting with a potential employer, or if you just make a new connection that can be helpful if you need advice, LinkedIn can help connect you to your industry in a way you never thought of.
Two things are more precious than Gold in LinkedIn “Your Network and Recommendations.”
Tip # 3: Search For Groups That Interest You.. Join Them And Be Active
Join Groups that interest you “industry groups” to meet new people and help potential employers find you. This is another great way LinkedIn can help you meet other professionals who have new experiences and insight to offer. Additionally, recruiters often go through groups to seek out talent. You certainly want to be there and once being there, become an active member through participating in discussions.
Tip # 4: Reflect Your Professional Picture Through Participating In Q&A Section
Q&A is the most powerful section in LinkedIn…Be active in Q&A Section and show your experience.
Answer questions which you know or related to your industry, and ask questions that show your professional side. Keep in mind, what you post reflects your online picture.
Tip # 5: Reconnect With Old Friendships, Colleagues, And Old Connections
If you lost contact with someone, chances are you might be able to meet them again on LinkedIn. The ability to reconnect with your peers is one of the greatest features of LinkedIn. You can also import your Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL contacts to LinkedIn, also you can make search in “Search People” by names and invite them to join your network, keep in mind only invite people you know, since receiving 5 or more I Don’t Know “IDK” result for your sent invitations may lead for account restriction.
Tip # 6: LinkedIn Recommendations Are More Precious Than Gold
Get recommended by peers: Recommendations are like gold so let your profile shine with gold recommendations which will look great in the eyes of potential employers and potential customers depending on what type of business or field you are in.
Tip # 7: Promote Your LinkedIn Profile
First step customize your LinkedIn URL to include your name like http://www.linkedin.com/in/firasassaf this is very important to make your profile appear in Google search engine. Make sure to make your profile public and select Full View option from “Settings”. You can also utilize your LinkedIn profile link on business cards, resumes, cover letters, blogs, and e-signature blocks.
Tip # 8: Add Appropriate Applications To Your Profile
Choose one or more applications to help people get to know you or get to know other aspects of you (like the Amazon reading list, Slideshare, etc..).
Tip # 9: Enhance Your Website/Blog Search Engine Results
In addition to your name, you can also promote your blog or website to search engines like Google and Yahoo! Your LinkedIn profile allows you to publicize websites. There are a few pre-selected categories like “My Website,” “My Company,” etc. You have the ability to add three Website links to your LinkedIn profile so use this feature professionally. You can also select “Other” where you can modify the name of the link. If you’re linking to your personal blog, include your name or descriptive terms in the link, and that’s it! Instant search-engine optimization for your site. To make this work, be sure your public profile setting is set to “Full View.”
Tip # 10: Get Benefit From The Powerful “Advanced Search” Feature
Search for company’s name and uncheck the “Current Companies Only” box. This will enable you to scrutinize the rate of turnover and whether key people are abandoning ship. Former employees usually give more candid opinions about a company’s prospects than someone who’s still on board. If you’re thinking of investing or working in a sector, use LinkedIn to find people who worked for competitors—or even better, companies who failed. For example, suppose you wanted to build a next generation online E-Books store, you’d probably learn a lot from speaking with former industry employees. You can also see people in your network who are initiating new start-ups by doing an advanced search for a range of keywords such as “stealth” or “new start-up.” Apply the “Sort By” filter to “Degrees away from you” in order to see the people closest to you first.
A lot of business is purely about connections and networking. LinkedIn is the ultimate place to get connected. It is a very valuable resource for any professional, but especially those in the business sphere. You can find people who you haven’t seen or worked with in years, and meet new people who can help you advance your career. LinkedIn can be a fantastic resource, if you use it correctly. However, you may not have thought of some of these interesting ways you can use it. I hope my article will be useful and guides you through exploring this professional social media network.
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