How To Make Sure Your LinkedIn Profile Is Job-Search Ready

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Are you ready to begin your search for a new job? One of the first places job-seekers turn is LinkedIn, undoubtedly due to the wide-variety of resources available on the platform.

According to Top Resume, there are over 600 million LinkedIn users you can potentially network with to lead you to your next place of employment. Not only that, LinkedIn is where you can find thousands of jobs in your field, location and employment level. However, knowing where to start and how to make your profile stand out against the rest can be overwhelming. 

In order to help, Josephine’s Professional Staffing has prepared five quick actionable steps you can take to increase your chances of finding a job on LinkedIn.

1.) Make Sure Your Profile Picture Is Professional

First impressions are everything in the world of LinkedIn. When a potential employer or network connection clicks on your profile, you want to make sure your photo not only conveys who you are, but is an accurate representation of your professionalism. Now, not everyone can afford or has access to professional headshots, but that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck. Use your mobile device to capture a photo of yourself in good lighting, in a nice shirt and looking at the camera. You’ve got this!

2.) Update The Information In Your Bio

Your bio should let the world know a quick summary of what career field you’re in, your top skills, your education and what job opportunities you’re looking for. For example, the last sentence of your LinkedIn summary section could say, “I’m currently searching for job opportunities in the marketing industry” or “I’m looking to connect with other professionals in the marketing industry.” It’s important to let people know what you’re hoping to gain when they view your page. It’s also crucial for the information to be as up-to-date as possible. Having outdated information can lead to confusion and a negative impression.

3.) Set Your Profile To “Open To Work”

This is one of the most vital steps when beginning your job search on LinkedIn. When you make a connection, the first thing they’ll be able to see is that you’re open to new job opportunities, leading them to t keep you in mind if they see a job pop-up. Here is an article from the LinkedIn Help page with step-by-step instructions on how to set your profile to “Open To Work.” You can also add the #OpenToWork banner to your profile photo.

4.) Add Important Links and Descriptions

Under each of the work history and education sections, make sure to add descriptions of exactly what you did in that position and how you were able to help those companies. Be specific about metrics and tasks. Also, be sure to add links to any relevant websites, like your portfolio or published works. Taking the time to add in these valuable pieces of information will allow future employers and network connections to see your expertise.

5.) Interact With Your Connections

Let people know you’re active on LinkedIn by liking and commenting on posts, job updates and work anniversaries. LinkedIn makes it easy to do this through their notifications tab. Also, make sure you’re messaging valuable connections to let them know you’re on the job hunt and would appreciate any help they might be able to offer. 

Want to learn more professional tips and networking advice sure to help you land your next job? Visit the Josephine’s Professional Staffing blog for a variety of posts on the topic.