What makes a good LinkedIn profile?

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  1. crazyquik

    crazyquik Senior member

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    I've heard that a good LinkedIn profile is clutch. But, what separates the average ones from the great ones? Or the 'meh' ones from even reaching the average level?

    AF, I am looking at you.
     


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    Please don't put adverbs and adjectives in the title, it will make you look like a clown.
     


  3. Lord-Barrington

    Lord-Barrington Senior member

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    I've heard that a good LinkedIn profile is clutch. But, what separates the average ones from the great ones? Or the 'meh' ones from even reaching the average level?

    AF, I am looking at you.


    I've heard that LinkedIn can be useful for more experienced workers but pretty useless for younger ones. Opinions?
     


  4. unjung

    unjung Senior member

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    I've heard that LinkedIn can be useful for more experienced workers but pretty useless for younger ones. Opinions?

    Brand new, perhaps. I am fairly young (four years in business) and use it to fairly good effect. Over 500 connections, about half in my space, and I use it to turn what would have been a cold call into a warm call: "we're already connected on LinkedIn, and I'm calling to [whatever]."
     


  5. medtech_expat

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    The body of my LinkedIn profile was almost entirely a copy/paste of my CV. I had already obsessed over the verbage, so I knew that I would be optimized in search results. Other than that, a few recommendations/observations:

    1) get recommended - this is probably where I get the most hits from recruiters, and is the easiest "foot in the door" with a company you may be targeting. I have more than 20 endorsements (from managers, peers, subordinates) in the US, Europe & Asia, and it just makes the interview process that much easier.

    2) join industry or alumni groups - this will open up your network in the specific areas where it matters. And for better or worse - put you on the radar of recruiters who specialize in your industry
     


  6. dragon8

    dragon8 Senior member

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    What do you guys think about adding your picture?

    Can I add some of you guys?
     


  7. unjung

    unjung Senior member

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    I absolutely include my picture. Makes that first meeting that more comfortable again. Make sure you use a quality head-shot, not some stupid vacation photo or something like that.
     


  8. Artisan Fan

    Artisan Fan Suitsupply-sider

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    In my opinion.

    1. Clear, concise summary.
    2. List of special skill sets.
    3. 5+ Recommendations.
    4. High quality work experience.
    5. No goofy titles.
    6. Respectable profile picture, wear a tie.
    7. Good quality network. Having some number of good contacts may impress where a job involves sales.
    8. Quality alumni group and industry associations.
     


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    What about creative summaries? Something that is more in grasping than dry facts. I'm in marketing and I thought this was a good thing but could I hear some ideas on this? Willing to post if someone is interested.
     


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    dragon8 Senior member

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    What about creative summaries? Something that is more in grasping than dry facts. I'm in marketing and I thought this was a good thing but could I hear some ideas on this? Willing to post if someone is interested.

    I'm interested.
     


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    KPO89 Senior member

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    Here is my summary:

    Too cheesy? Too much? Critique me please.
     


  12. nerdykarim

    nerdykarim Senior member

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    I took a different approach with the summary and used it to include search terms that weren't explicitly in my job descriptions and to highlight particular areas of interest. I also made it short.
     


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    ^Is the key words just from the summary or skills as well?
     


  14. Artisan Fan

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    Here is my summary:

    Too cheesy? Too much? Critique me please.


    You need to have a short paragraph on exactly what skills you can leverage to create value for the client. Think more along what specific things can you do for the client.
     


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    I've heard that LinkedIn can be useful for more experienced workers but pretty useless for younger ones. Opinions?


    *Has anyone ever been contacted by a legit recruiter via LinkedIn?
     


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