LinkedIn mistakes to avoid
LinkedIn is becoming more of a powerful tool for the job search these days. In fact, a survey earlier this year found that the social networking site is more dominant than ever.
But using the Web site the right way is just as important, as little mistakes – such as an incomplete profile and lack of activity – could actually hurt you.
These are some of the mistakes that AOL listed recently out that you should avoid when using the social networking tool.
Whether you’re unemployed and are using the Web site to look for a job, or have a job and are using the tool for networking purposes, LinkedIn can be very powerful so it’s important to pay close attention to all of the features the Web site offers to make sure you’re maximizing your presence.
Here are 3 mistakes you should avoid:
1. Your profile isn’t completely filled out – Creating a profile isn’t enough; you’ll need to make sure that LinkedIn tells you it is “100% complete.” If your profile is incomplete, you’ll need to see the sections that you missed – whether it’s your education, work experience, or profile picture – and add the information in accordingly. Incomplete profiles make it harder to find you and it can make you look unprofessional.
2. You’re not using compelling details and keywords – To make your profile stand out from the dozens of others that the recruiters find, you'll need a professional looking photo and a creative headline. Your headline shouldn’t just be your current job title; it should be more descriptive about what you do. Try using keywords that people are most likely use when they search for employees in your industry.
3. You don’t post updates – Facebook and Twitter aren’t the only sites where it’s common to share status updates; LinkedIn uses this feature too. By using the “update” feature, you can share your ideas and interesting articles, and even share links with your connections.