Whether you’re looking for a new job or thinking about a career change, you will open yourself up for more opportunities by updating your LinkedIn. As a Career Coach I work with my clients to use their LinkedIn profile as their career portfolio – it not only reflects your experience but you can manage the content to highlight your values and skills. Most importantly, your profile is searchable and recruiters search for profiles when they’re hiring so help them find you!
Ask yourself, is your LinkedIn profile working for you? Are the people you want to view your profile doing so? If your LinkedIn hasn’t been edited in awhile – here are some easy tips to get you started.
Let’s be honest, many of us are exhausted by all the app options for social networking these days. The difference with LinkedIn is that your activity keeps your career network alive and helps it grow with not alot of effort needed. If you are planning a job search or transition, I recommend engaging with your LinkedIn twice a week minimum. There is amazing content on LinkedIn – generous recruiters offering free career advice, job leads or referrals – but if you don’t look you may miss a good connection or opportunity! The mobile app is an easy way to skim the news feed.
These easy steps help LinkedIn work for you and tailor the content you receive. This way, when you get notifications from LinkedIn, it is targeting the roles, professional connections, and posts you are interested in.
When you check your LinkedIn, is your profile photo showing the image of yourself what you want to show potential clients, recruiters, or managers? The job search is all about first impressions. Does your LinkedIn profile, headline and summary complement the new role or company you’re aiming for? Take time to personalize your profile!
As a career coach, I help create actionable steps that move my clients forward to meet their goals. These steps are simple and always productive! Your LinkedIn profile can be more than a resume. It’s an opportunity to create a portfolio that showcases your achievements, your content, and insight about what drives you. It’s a thoughtful, convenient way of networking, helping you align with and learn from other professionals and find opportunities that match your values and skillset. Start using LinkedIn to help you reach your next steps. If you need help, consider working 1:1 with a career coach.