April 3, 2015

LinkedIn has become a powerful tool for employers and for job seekers. If you are looking for a job, it is especially important to make sure that your LinkedIn profile is complete and comprehensive, so potential employers can find you and learn more about what you have to offer.  Many people will input basic information and perhaps make a few connections, but you should consider doing much more than that if you want LinkedIn to be a valuable tool in helping with career advancement.

Here are a few quick and simple things you can do today to get your LinkedIn profile in good shape, so you can maximize the networking benefits LinkedIn provides:

Make Your Headline Stand Out

Your headline should include a short introduction to who you are and what you have to offer. In these 120 characters, you make a first impression that will stick with potential employers. The headline can also be used to identify you and to help employers to decide if you are someone they want to learn more about. You should include keywords related to your field in your headline, as well as make a brief case to sell yourself and your skills. To get more experience in your industry to include on LinkedIn, you can also consider temporary employment or working with a staffing service that connects workers with companies looking for contingent staffing in your desired field.

Include a Call-to-Action

When someone reads your LinkedIn profile, you don’t want them to just click away and forget it as one of the many profiles they saw. Instead, you should include a closing call to action to tell the reader what to do next. Consider sharing a link or providing documents they can look to for more information about you. Your call to action should entice the reader to take the next step to connect on LinkedIn, or to contact you to set up a meeting or phone call.

Become a Part of Groups

LinkedIn is about networking, and you want to connect to people who could help you enhance your career opportunities. The more groups you are a part of, the more people you can send messages to and the more relevant you can become on LinkedIn. For groups most relevant to your industry, you can also become an active participant in discussions or even consider starting your own discussion.

By following these simple tips, you can help to enhance your LinkedIn profile so employers will be more interested in getting in touch. The professional recruiting experts at Inter-Connect Employment Services can help you to find a job and build your professional network throughout the Quincy, IL area. Call today to learn more.

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