- Job applications as a Featured Applicant
- An open profile
- 5 InMails per month
- Info on who viewed your profile
- Learning resources
- Applicant Insights
An add-on to a free LinkedIn account, LinkedIn Premium can up your game considerably. Ideal for those who utilize LinkedIn for serious networking, this package costs $24.99 per month for an annual subscription. With tons of bonus features, those who choose to upgrade can expect perks like:
The recommendations section on LinkedIn can be very valuable but it isn't something you can fill out alone. Recommendations can only be provided by others in your network and, in general, they don't happen spontaneously.
A testament to your abilities from others in your network can do a lot for your reputation, especially when it comes to key skills in your industry. After all, saying you're great with a particular software is one thing, but seeing testimony from others can validate what you're able to do to outsiders.
If you're in need of recommendations, these steps can help you build out this vital area of your profile.
The summary and experience sections are among the most critical on your LinkedIn page, giving you a way to highlight what you do and why you're worth hiring. However, inexplicably, many professionals leave these critical fields blank.
The summary field should provide a holistic snapshot of your role as a professional. This is a good place to add keywords, like:
This is your chance to really highlight where you have been and what you do. But, don't just copy and paste your resume into this space.
Add media Images
Don’t make it too long beterrn 450-650 characters.
Few bullets with punchy language
Use forst person, inject your personality.
Like most social media pages, LinkedIn provides a way for you to customize the basic information available about yourself, including your name, URL, and headline.
As a professional network, your LinkedIn name shouldn't be anything cutesy or casual; instead, you need to make sure your profile reflects the name you go by professionally. As a rule of thumb, put whatever you would normally use on your resume on your LinkedIn page.
The headline is the information that is available directly below your name, providing a high-level snapshot into your career persona. This is your chance to brand yourself - in 20 characters or less. It is also one of the most important places on your profile, as it appears in search results, invitations, company pages and more. Some people choose to keep it simple here, sticking with a job title or area of expertise, but experts say that this field should be quick, informative, and able to capture these data points:
Choose something you can live with for 180 days. You can change it up to 5 times within 180 days. But, after that, LinkedIn makes you wait another 180s after making the fifth change.
Your best bet is to use your name, if it is available. Use the version of your name that you put on a resume, or in a byline.
You have a maximum of 30 characters, but more often than not, the less you use, the easier it will be for people to remember your URL.
If your name is common and taken already, add your middle inital or name.
If all versions of your name are taken, try using your last name first followed by your first name.
You can also add proffesuional designations to your name to make them more unque. JaneSmithCPA
Try adding a number into it. But, don't use your birthday or birth year. Try your work area code of zip code.
Avoid nicknames or any name you wouldn't want a boss or professional to see.
Promote your LinkedIn URL on your website, email signature, business cards and any type of outbound communications.
Most social media users associate pictures with more youth-friendly platforms like Instagram and Facebook, but this is a common misconception. Photos absolutely make a difference on LinkedIn, especially when it comes to building out your profile.
LinkedIn now offers a few different opportunities for customization, but your profile picture is most important. Without a great image, you'll likely go unnoticed in comparison to your competition. In fact, LinkedIn profiles are
LinkedIn isn't the place for your fun college photos or your family reunion pictures, however. If you have a professional headshot, that's for the best, but there's no need to run out to book a photographer. Just be sure to focus on these basics:
Want to step up your game? LinkedIn now provides a way to add a background image that can enhance your approach to branding.