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Who should I invite to connect with me on LinkedIn?

Expanding your network of connections will lead to more resources and opportunities for you. This is a professional network, unlike the connections you might make on Facebook or Twitter. Invite former colleagues as well as professionals, groups, and companies in your industry. Your invitation should start a conversation. Be sure to include the following: Subject Continue Reading…

My Profile is 100% / All Star status. Is there anything else I can do to improve it?

There are two areas of research you can do to improve your Profile. First, conduct a peer Profile search. In the search area, do a people search and use the keywords for the position you want. When viewing these Profiles, notice the following areas and determine how your Profile compares to theirs: Profile Headline Summary Continue Reading…

Can I just paste my resume into the Experience section?

No. With your LinkedIn Experience section, you have the opportunity to detail the most relevant parts of what you bring to the table. You can format this section like a resume, with bulleted points and listed in reverse chronological order, meaning start with your most recent position and working backwards. Besides including your responsibilities and Continue Reading…

I don't like pictures of myself. Do I need a Profile photo?

Absolutely! Without a photo, people might think you are hiding something or are not serious/professional. You can get a professional headshot done, or take a picture of yourself against a neutral background. Make sure your face is fully shown and you are smiling. Do not crop your picture from a vacation photo or family portrait. Continue Reading…

How can I include more keywords?

The Skills section in your Summary is a great area to include more keywords. You can add up to 50 skills. However, search must match actual terms that are used, so don’t include details such as years of experience or level of competency. Scroll down the Summary page until you see Skills & Expertise. Add Continue Reading…

What should I include in the Summary section?

Below the Headline area is your Summary section. Take your time to develop and write this area. Write your Summary in Microsoft Word so that you can format the text and run a spell/grammar check to make sure there are no mistakes or misspellings, which can be an immediate deal breaker for hiring managers when Continue Reading…

Is there an example Profile I can use?

LinkedIn doesn’t offer boilerplate Profiles, nor should you want to use one. However, you can use other Career Profiles for your position to help guide yours. Finding Similar Career Profiles Go to Google.com. In the search box, type Site:LinkedIn.com “[your job title]” where “your job title” is the position you want to search for, e.g., Continue Reading…

Where should I begin with my Profile?

One of the most important key areas of your Profile is the Headline area. This is the area that shows up in search results. Here you will want to put in effective, strong keywords about yourself and your career positions. Try to get specific and not too general or generic. It’s a headline, not just Continue Reading…

I didn’t get a confirmation email from LinkedIn. What now?

Click the Home tab in your Profile. A yellow-shaded message will appear on this page and there will be a link to request another confirmation email.

I was interrupted in adding my email address and now I get an error message.

When adding an email address you need to confirm it. This step helps reduce spam accounts and ensures that the person connected with the email is actually creating the profile. Go to the email that you were entering and open the confirmation message from LinkedIn to complete your email entry.

Do I need to add more than one email?

Yes. Be sure to include a backup email address when registering on LinkedIn. Your primary email should be a professional email address that you use for business only. Also, this should be a personal address rather than your employee email address, just in case your job situation changes. In addition, a backup email can save Continue Reading…

Do I need a LinkedIn Profile?

Yes! More than 80% of companies use social media sites to recruit new hires. And out of those companies, nearly 95% of them use LinkedIn to research and find candidates for their positions as compared to other social media sites such as Facebook, Google+ or Twitter. Also LinkedIn has over 300 million users worldwide. That Continue Reading…

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