LinkedIn profile is considered to be a credible source when you are searching for a job or are keen on building professional network. As a Social Media platform, LinkedIn has evolved as a key player in networking oneself or a business, in the professional world. You will find people active on LinkedIn from all sectors. Be it Sales, Marketing, Finance, Management or Media, LinkedIn has become an important platform to not only reach out to an opportunity but also to let opportunity find you. Though there are large numbers of people who have their LinkedIn profiles and are very much active on LinkedIn with swarms of connections but many are still not aware about LinkedIn’s proper use and are blindly following these myths like having a picture in cool shades or posting funny memes on your LinkedIn wall then you are all doing it wrong. If you believe that having numerous connections will get you that job or you think that you don’t need to update your profile as you are not looking for a change (professionally) then you might be doing more harm to your career than ever. But don’t worry, we are here to debunk all your stupefaction and will tell you 5 things you were doing wrong with your LinkedIn Profile…
- The blunder we sometime do when we choose the profile picture for LinkedIn: What picture suits the best for a LinkedIn profile? This question must have come to your mind while choosing a profile picture for your LinkedIn profile. And, if you believe that a more ‘it’ or ‘happening’ picture might do the work then you are wrong? LinkedIn is the perfect platform to let the company’s and HRs’ know more about you as a professional; it is always advisable to put a more professional photo.
- Who needs professional summary? Well, everyone!: Professional summary is one of the most important aspect in getting you noticed in the professional sector. If you think that you have uploading your resume and your present work experience is all that you need than you are wrong. Your summary not only let recruiters and people from your realm to learn about you but also gives them a chance to learn about you as an individual. In the summary section, you can talk about your professional journey and highlight your milestones.
- LinkedIn won’t get me a job, it is just a social media website: Wrong again! Though, LinkedIn never promises any user for a job but if you are looking out for an opportunity to grab on, then LinkedIn becomes a very credible source. It not only offers a platform for a user to promote himself as a successful professional but also gives an opportunity to search jobs with its search engine. One can also explore pages of different organization and look out for an open position and apply for it immediately. And, for those who are not looking for a job change might end getting a bigger opportunity all because they have an impressive summary and a well written LinkedIn profile.
- Uploading my CV/Resume is enough to get me noticed: Not always. Yes, though you are supposed to write about your work experience while completing your LinkedIn Profile but uploading or pasting your resume or CV would not be enough. LinkedIn gives you the right opportunity to talk about your professional journey in detail which gives HRs and organizations, a chance to learn more about you. So, when you sit down to write down about your experience avoid telling your tale in bullets; talk about how you got associated with your previous company, what you learnt and how it helped you in gaining significant experience.
- I won’t connect with anyone who is not in my circle: You never know which connection request might help you in building a stronger network. It is your profile, your experience and your expertise which promote you on LinkedIn as a promising resource for any organization.
So, if you have not updated your LinkedIn profile, then get set going and do it now!