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I received my LI profile updates and watched the Achieving all star status webinar. Great suggestions on current position. However, all I am currently doing is focusing on my job search and the activities involved with my SC&C campaign. Some have suggested that I leave the position I just left in May (restructuring lay off) as current and say I need to update my profile when asked. I am not sure I want to misrepresent my current status which is dishonest. Any suggestions?

Thanks for maintaining an authentic presence on LinkedIn! In your situation, I suggest creating a new role that is somewhat generic in representing where you have been and where you want to go. Here is an example of how you might do this using a background in sales and marketing:

 

Sales & Marketing Executive('title') <use any/all titles you are seeking on this line>

Consumer Goods ('company') <indicate the breadth of industries you qualify for on this line>

Greater New York City Area <this is the location you are targeting>

2018 (or relevant date/year) – Present (check. “I currently work here”)

Experience details: Should describe experience, and answer the questions: what benefits do you bring / what problems do you solve, also mention the types of positions you are targeting, so that people understand you are actively looking.>

Example: Results-oriented leader with progressive experience in Customer Marketing, Sales Management, Marketing, Finance, Forecasting, Supply Chain and Sales Operations. Highly developed analytical, leadership, organizational and presentation skills. Strong P&L background. Vast customer and channel experience.

Targeting leadership roles in Sales, Marketing, Customer Marketing, Trade Marketing or Customer Development.

 

If your automatic change notification is "off" and you post an article will (1) your followers and/or (2) your first level contacts be notified of your post? Or, is it required to have this feature turned on in order for them to receive notifications of posts, comments, likes, etc.?

Here is the latest as to what LinkedIN changes trigger updates:

  • Adding or editing a new, current job position. This may generate a "Say congrats" notification to your network.
  • Current work experience anniversaries.
  • Birthday anniversaries.

The 'updates' feature is independent of this and you can still post an article, etc. with your updates 'off' and the update will go into the feed of those who follow you. The 'updates' function gives you an option of who can see this update (connections, or public).

If you are running a private consulting firm then how do you get your company image loaded beside your "Current Position"?

Good question! You must first create a company profile in LinkedIn. To do this, you must be ready to provide company website url, an address, and of course, logo. This will be what is seen when, after you SAVE the company page, you indicate that company as your own company in your "Current Position".

Here are LinkedIn's details on how to do this. https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/answer/710/creating-a-linkedin-company-page?lang=en

Consequently, if you ever tried to add a job and the company logo did not pop into place when you added the company name, either the company does not have a LinkedIn page, or you are entering a company name that differs (even slightly) form the way the company page is created on LinkedIn.

how do i decrease the font size on linkedin

There is not currently a way to change the font size on LinkedIn.

Don’t Wait for Others to Find You

Use the LinkedIn People Search function to look for people you know and invite them to connect with you. You should aim to add 2–5 new connections each week if you are a passive job seeker and 6–10 connections a week if you are actively searching for a new job.

How can I improve my job search?

To improve your job search, look for companies by your skill set. You may have done this to some extent by the keywords you’ve entered in previous company searches. Now shift your focus. Use an advanced search to discover where the most jobs are located for your skills and expertise. It could be that you will find it much easier to find work if you look outside your local area.

For example, the demand for graphic artists is very depressed in the Portland Metro area. You might find opportunities are opening up in other regions. Alternatively, it might be easier to build your own business if you were living in an area where the cost of living weren’t as high, and high-speed internet was available.

What type of files does LinkedIn allow you to add?

LinkedIn allows you to add videos, images, documents, and presentations directly to your profile. But first, you need to connect third-party media providers to your account. Otherwise, LinkedIn’s instructions for how to add rich media will not work. Once you add them, you can rearrange the media through drag-and-drop features.

Adding content is as simple as going into profile editing mode. Scroll down until you see the section where you would like to add content. Click the media button. (It looks like a rectangle with a plus at the lower right corner). All you have to do is type in the URL for whatever type of media you want to add to your profile or upload the file from your computer.

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LinkedIn immediately recognizes whether the URL comes from one of the supported providers or not. If it does, you’ll be sent a window with prefilled Title and Description fields.

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Note: The prefilled title may be ugly and look like a file name. Change that. Give it a good title and rework the description, as necessary.

Be sure you click Save.

Are Groups just for making more contacts?

No. Groups are a great way to participate on LinkedIn and establish yourself as an expert. If you are joining a group to develop relationships with influencers, participate in the group to gain visibility before you invite them to connect with you on LinkedIn. To establish a presence, ask questions, give advice, and be helpful to others. You can also have group notifications emailed to you.

Groups with the largest number of members aren’t always the best groups in which to participate. Some groups require a high standard from members, and thus the number of members remains lower. Don’t let this dissuade you from considering a group. Some of the best rests among members of very small, yet selective groups.

How can I follow a company that I want to work for?

You can use the Follow Company feature to track prospective employers. When you follow a company, you’ll get notices of major changes and notifications when the company loses, gains, or promotes staff (which can be useful to see which companies have a lot of turnover).

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To follow a company, first find it using the search feature. Then click on the company’s page. On the right-hand side, you’ll see a Follow button. Click to follow the company. You’ll be able to access a list of the companies you follow from the home page for the Companies tab. Just click Companies on the main navigation toolbar. Then click the Following tab. Uncheck Following box to stop following a company.
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I want to leave a Recommendation for a former coworker. How do I give this person a Recommendation?

The easiest way to do this is to go to view your profile and hover over the down arrow next to Edit. Click
Ask to be Recommended.

faq5This will take you to your recommendations page. Click Given on the top left and scroll down until you see Make a Recommendation.

You must either be connected to the individual you wish to Recommend or know his or her email address.

Also, the individual must have a valid LinkedIn account. You may find it easiest to use the select from your connections list in the Make a Recommendation section.

You can also make a recommendation from the individual’s profile page directly. On the profile, scroll down until you see Recommend in the person’s profile.

Once you click this, the form pictured on the right will appear.

faq6The Recommend feature may also appear under the Suggest connections button. Or the Recommend option might be found in the drop-down menu under Send a Message.

It’s easy to recommend your connections because LinkedIn places such encouragements all over.

Once you’ve selected an option, click Go. LinkedIn will guide you through the completion of each step of writing a recommendation. The person you recommend will get your email notifying him or her that you’ve made a recommendation. If you don’t receive a reply from the individual you’ve recommended within a week, follow up and make sure they received it.

How can I expand my network with people I want to connect with but don’t really know?

Use Introductions as a way to connect with people that you may not have met before. Facebook has “likes,” Twitter has “re-tweets,” and LinkedIn has “introductions.” Designed around the principle of referrals, introductions are one of the best ways to meet new people on LinkedIn. Introductions are highly regarded because they deliver built-in trust.

The basic idea is that if you don’t know a person in which you would like to connect with, find someone within your personal network who can introduce you to this person. When a potential contact sees you linked to someone s/he knows, it implies you are a credible person.

A search for writers within a specific area reflects a 2nd tier connection. By clicking on shared connection, you can identify the common link. This is a good opportunity to reconnect with a tier 1 connection and ask for an introduction to that connection. To do this, you will click Get Introduced.

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This takes you to a new window where you can see yourself on the right, as well as the name(s) of the person(s) connecting you in the middle, and the person you would like to be introduced to on the left.

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Select the person you want to make the introduction. You will go to a new page.

faq4Take the time to write a good explanation for why you are reaching out and why you would like to make the connection. For example, for the above Introduction Request—

Hi ,

I hope your work as a PA has been going well. I have been focusing on developing my resume writing skills over the last six months, including adding LinkedIn training to my services.

As I was preparing a lesson, I found in a search for writer and found that we share a connection. Would you mind introducing me to ? At times, I’m not able to take a client, and I’d like to expand my network with like professionals.

Thanks, Fred

Be sure you enter a subject or LinkedIn will send you an error message.

How can I customize my LinkedIn URL?

Changing your LinkedIn URL makes you more visible in searches. You may have noticed that Your public profile URL is above the Customize Your Public Profile section so this is the logical time to make this change. Note: You always want to create a unique URL.

faq1Click Create your custom URL. A white data entry box will open. Notice that your URL will begin with www.linkedin.com/in/.

You have anywhere from 5 – 30 letters or numbers to work with. Spaces, symbols, or special characters are not allowed. That means no hyphens or underscores.

If your name is used by someone else, LinkedIn will give you a list of URL suggestions.

Rather than taking a URL with a number behind it, use a keyword related to your expertise. This is especially helpful to service providers who want to grow their exposure on LinkedIn within a certain niche, yet is also useful for anyone who works in a profession such as accounting, sales or one of the medical professions. For example, as a writer, J Wordsmith could use “JWordsmithWriter” as a good URL. Both Google and LinkedIn will recognize the separate words.

How can I improve my LinkedIn Summary?

After the headline, the most-often read section of your profile is the Summary. LinkedIn allows up to 2,000 characters in your summary. Use them wisely—and use all of them!

One format that is very effective is the Who/What/Goals structure. You begin with Who you are, What you have to offer (what is unique about you or your experience?), and what Goals you have for your career or for being on LinkedIn.

You may repeat this pattern numerous times throughout the summary by dedicating one sentence to Who, one to Why, and one to Goals. Another effective formula is to shift to a how focus after you have written your Who/What/Goals opening. This is especially effective for consultants and service providers.

The first two or three sentences need to instantly get your prospects interested in your profile—or, even better, get them excited about reading the rest of your profile. Your LinkedIn summary can set you apart from other job seekers on LinkedIn by demonstrating that you understand what employers want and what you have to offer that meets that need.

I just joined LinkedIn and it’s asking for an email address. I have several of them. Which one should I use?

Use your personal email address when you join LinkedIn not your work one. If you ever change your current employer, you will lose access to your LinkedIn account when your employer terminates your email account. You don’t want to lose all of your hard work.

Can LinkedIn help me with my job search?

Absolutely! Every executive from all Fortune 500 companies are on LinkedIn as well as 350+ million registered users. That makes LinkedIn a powerful social media platform to make connections and find a multitude of opportunities. LinkedIn allows you to leverage the power of your network—the people you already know, and the people those people know—to help you connect to the person (or persons) who are in a position to offer you a job.  LinkedIn has more benefits. You have the ability to identify, research, contact, follow up, engage, and maintain your contacts in one place. In a world where information overload is a constant threat, that’s a powerful organizational tool. No other platform has LinkedIn’s ability to facilitate business networking. Facebook is for fun. LinkedIn is for business.

Is there a way to change fonts or font sizes within a section? For example, can two different fonts or font sizes appear in the Summary section? It seems that the font and size settings from a Word document do not carry over when pasted into a LinkedIn section.

Font sizes, styles, underlines, and italics do not carry over into a LinkedIn profile. To make your words stand out, LinkedIn forces you to get a little creative and see this post called: How do I use characters to make my profile stand out? to learn more.

Can you rearrange/override the work history dates by importance of job? For instances I want to move my part-time secondary job to the bottom of the list but by date it shows up as most current.

Because the sections of work history in LinkedIn are date driven, there is no way to override this. If you are currently doing a job, and you indicate this as “to present” on LinkedIn, it will come up at the top.

Can I get a record of my LinkedIn account history?

Yes you can get a record of your LinkedIn account history. Here is qhat LinkedIn has to say on the topic: Request your data archive: Download your LinkedIn data You can request an archive of all your activity and data on LinkedIn anytime. It’ll take about 72 hours for us to compile it. Once we do, you’ll get an email with a link where you can download it. You’ll also be able to access your archive by going to your settings, selecting the Account tab, and clicking Request an archive of your data. To learn more, visit our Help Center. What’s included? Your data archive will include all the information LinkedIn has stored about you that you can’t access in other ways, including all your activity and account history, from who invited you to join, to the time of your latest login. For the full list, visit our Help Center.

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