Missed out on Part 1? Make sure you read that first!
LinkedIn has many more tools and abilities to maximise every user’s profile, as you’ll see below.
This area is more important for some industries than others, but always shows a level of ingenuity that can give you an edge over the competition.
Always include specific projects you have worked/are working on. It gives a great insight into exactly what you do.
20. Professional Organization Affiliation
This can be a great talking point for you and prospective clients. Do think twice about what you put here though as it can also alienate some people.
21. Certification & Licensing
You never know what a prospective client might be looking for. If you have an HGV license or scuba diving certification, put it here. It could also be another great conversation starter.
Again, these are things that can be surprisingly useful in connecting with others. If you are bilingual or have in-depth knowledge of HTML, show it off.
23. Awards and Honours
Always impressive, awards and honours not only show experience, but also that you are above your competition.
24. Include your online presence
Using the ‘Add Sections’ tool you can include content from your personal WordPress blog or Twitter feed, which adds another dimension to your profile.
25. Add a little something extra
There are a variety of LinkedIn applications that you can add to your profile to personalize it even more. Apps like Amazon’s Reading List can become a talking point between you and prospective clients.
26. Control your narrative
You can drag the section headings on your profile page to rearrange in what order they appear. Placing the most important and interesting content at the top of the list will give visitors a much smoother experience viewing your profile. Get yourself Google Ready
27. Show your specialties
Search engines will use the keywords found in the Background Summary. Be sure to add a ‘Specialties’ section and insert your focuses.
28. Account for typos
Also in the Summary section, consider to include common misspellings of your name.
29. Remember that Google reads your Headline
Place some relevant keywords in your headline. For example, ‘Web Designer in Annapolis’ or ‘Fabric Designer in St Louis’
30. Edit your Summary, Description, Skills and Experiences
These are other areas where keyword placement is beneficial.
31. Don’t go overboard
Whilst keyword placement is essential, don’t let it take over your profile. You need to maintain a conversational attitude with those who visit your profile so be sure to think about that when you’re fleshing out the bits and pieces.
If you have a personal website, blog, Facebook page, etc, don’t forget to mention your LinkedIn profile there – the more traffic the better. Network.
33. Who are you and who needs you?
Ask yourself these two questions before you jump into networking – Does my profile represent me as a professional person? Who would potentially be interested in networking with me?
34. Join a group
When you’ve established whom it is that you want to get in touch with, find and join a group comprised of your target audience.