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Mistakes you may be making on LinkedIn
Mistakes you may be making on LinkedIn

Are you “LinkedIn“?

About 200 millions people use the online resume and job networking website (and almost half of them are American) so having a LinkedIn page is definitely worth it when you’re looking for a job.

However just uploading your resume isn’t enough anymore.

Here’s are some mistakes you may be making with your LinkedIn profile from Forbes.com:

Not Using a Picture   According to one expert, you’re seven times more likely to have your page viewed if you have a profile picture.  Don’t get as creative as people do with their profile pictures on Facebook, though…keep it simple and go with a close-up of your face (and make sure it’s a RECENT photo).

Not Adding a “Summary”  When you edit your profile, it’s near the top of the page and it’s where you’re supposed to describe the kind of job you’re looking for.  Once upon a time, you used to have to include an “objective” at the top of your resume, which most people don’t do anymore, but it’s still something you SHOULD do on your LinkedIn page.

Not Listing Your Full Work Experience   Another “hard copy” resume change that’s OK to do online…you CAN list all of your past jobs, along with things like volunteer work…you don’t HAVE to though if you think they’re no longer relevant to your current career.

Setting Up Your LinkedIn Page, Then Never Updating It   (We’re raising our hands here)  You probably update it with things like promotions or new contacts when prompted but people who use LinkedIn EFFECTIVELY are the ones who stay active on it by posting work-related messages, joining groups and making new connections with people who might be able to help them down the line.

Looks like we’re got some work to do!  LOL

D&J

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