Wondering why everyone else is getting great results off LinkedIn – while you’re waiting for your turn?
I don’t know you, but I’ll take a guess – your photo is probably terrible.
How could I possibly know this? I’ve talked too often with the frustrated job seeker who, disenchanted with LinkedIn, says he or she believes “LinkedIn doesn’t work.”
This is nearly always the person with a major photo disadvantage.
So what’s the best way to figure out if you’re due for a photo upgrade? Read on for some common signs of a LinkedIn Photo mishap: Continue reading “Is Your LinkedIn Photo a Joke?”
Want to boost your networking power and job search results – and get more people to respond to you on LinkedIn?
LinkedIn’s Find Alumni section is one of the site’s hidden gems that can make your networking activity much easier.
Tucked under the Connections menu options on your LinkedIn page, Find Alumni is a high-ROI tool that can help open doors for anyone, regardless of occupation or career level.
To maximize this tool, first fill in your Profile’s Education section with your university name, major, and other relevant facts. Next, from your LinkedIn Home page, select Connections, then Find Alumni.
Now, sit back and take in the wealth of new contacts and job search information that rolls across your screen! Continue reading “3 Easy Networking Methods – Using LinkedIn’s Find Alumni Tool”
Annoyed with the flood of “Congratulations!” notes on LinkedIn every time your work anniversary rolls around?
Try removing the Months on your jobs in the Experience section. Navigate to the job on LinkedIn, click the pencil icon to edit the dates, and select “Choose” instead of specifying the month. Hit Save and you’re done!
I have to admit – I typically use just years, rather than a month/year combination in my executive and professional resumes, which is why I rarely encounter issues like this one.
But I digress… don’t stop at this change if LinkedIn isn’t producing the results you want.
Tune your Profile to your advantage with these tips:
Trash These 7 Phrases on Your LinkedIn Profile
Make Your LinkedIn Photo Shout Your Personal Brand
Update Your LinkedIn Profile on The Sly
Write a Memorable, Knockout LinkedIn Profile Summary
Take These 5 Worthless Phrases OUT of Your LinkedIn Headline
Is Your LinkedIn Photo a Joke? Change It!
Avoid the #1 LinkedIn Headline Mistake
In a nutshell, use the right type of message and content on LinkedIn to attract your target audience and keep the focus where you want it: on your qualifications.
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Get in touch with me to experience the outstanding results I can bring to your career transition.
– Laura Smith-Proulx, CCMC, CPRW, CPBA, TCCS, COPNS, CIC, CTTCC
Have you noticed that your resume content and achievements are often too long to fit into your LinkedIn Profile?
Despite the ease of uploading content into LinkedIn, there’s no way around the limitations (2,000 characters – including spaces!) available for each job.
However, if you get smart about keyword strategy and learn to condense your career story, you’ll fit it all in – AND get rewarded with more traffic on the site.
Here’s how to describe your achievements, add keywords, and attract more interest from employers, while condensing your content on LinkedIn: Continue reading “How to Add Your Success Stories on LinkedIn for Better Traffic”
Putting your best foot forward on LinkedIn?
Not if you’re hunting through your phone or searching family pictures for your avatar.
If your photo doesn’t enhance your credibility, it CAN hurt your job search. This especially true if you’re posting any old photo without giving it serious thought.
These items should NOT take center stage in your LinkedIn likeness: Continue reading “4 Things I Shouldn’t See In Your LinkedIn Photo”
Waiting for a way to block specific users on LinkedIn? You’ll be happy to hear about LinkedIn’s new Member Blocking feature, which was announced in February 2014.
Hailed by account holders as a significant improvement, Member Blocking allows you to prevent another user from viewing your professional details.
The feature was built in response to a growing volume of requests from LinkedIn users who found that their workplaces, location, and other details were viewable to potentially dangerous contacts.
Member Blocking requires that you visit the Profile page of the offending party, and choose the “Block or report” option from the Send InMail dropdown list.
There’s a bit more to know, however: here’s the lowdown on what REALLY happens when you block another member, with steps to take if you truly want to avoid releasing details to a potential stalker: Continue reading “How to Block Stalkers on LinkedIn”
Built a LinkedIn Profile that doesn’t seem to be “working” for your job search?
You might not be drawing enough traffic to it.
Years ago, I realized that applying Search Engine Optimization (SEO) techniques on my Profile attracted more traffic. Applying my knowledge of web SEO and database optimization, I was able to draw a sizable audience on LinkedIn, with just a few tweaks based on what I noticed in the site’s search algorithms.
The good news? I’ve figured this out so YOU don’t have to — and it’s not as difficult as it sounds. Continue reading “How to Double – And Triple! – Your LinkedIn Traffic With SEO”
If you use the Who’s Viewed Your Profile tool on LinkedIn, you’ve probably noticed visits from Anonymous LinkedIn users.
You know – the ones who frustrate you with “This member chose to be shown as anonymous,” while leaving only a gray, faceless avatar?
But before you send negative vibes my way, I’d like to share with you why I’ve chosen this setting on LinkedIn.
In fact, I’d like to explain why possibly ALL Anonymous LinkedIn users set themselves up for invisible surfing – and why we’re NOT likely to change this anytime soon: Continue reading “I’m An Anonymous User on LinkedIn – And Here’s Why”
Applying for jobs on LinkedIn, but no one is biting?
You might have missed this critical step:
Popping your Profile text into Word and running spell check!
Before you dismiss this step as unimportant, consider the following Profile errors seen in the past 10 days ALONE: Continue reading “Did You Make This Mistake in Updating Your LinkedIn Profile?”
Worked for hours on your resume to add success stories and details, without so much as glancing at your LinkedIn Profile?
If you’re not getting results, then your resume might not be the problem.
It’s important in today’s digital sourcing world to pay as much (if not MORE) attention to your LinkedIn Profile than your executive resume.
Here’s why: according to this ERE.net survey, 94% of recruiters and HR professionals use LinkedIn to identify optimum candidates at professional and executive levels (and these numbers are actually increasing!).
By neglecting LinkedIn during your executive search, you’re making a significant mistake. If the following problems sound familiar to you, then take action with some quick fixes for better results: Continue reading “Has LinkedIn Thrown a Wrench in Your Executive Job Search?”