Have you Googled yourself lately? You never know what may come up! Google your name and you'll find the search results, at the top of mine it's my LinkedIn profile, my Twitter Profile, a link to my blog, and a link to my BforB web site. A LinkedIn profile rises you to the top of search results, letting you control the first impression people get when searching for you online! LinkedIn is an online directory of professionals and companies.
One of the most important parts of LinkedIn is your profile. That's what you use to connect with people in your network and your profile is how you get found on LinkedIn, because it contains information about your skills and experience. Your profile increases your visibility online and help you build your professional brand that showcases your background to prospective customers, clients and employers.
Use LinkedIn to make yourself stand out from the crowd. Make sure that your LinkedIn profile is complete and detailed. It's your personal and professional branding. Your professional brand is what matters to a potential employer, networking contact, or anyone who can help you find a job or grow your career.
Set up your Company profile You can add your company's logo. Links to your website. Professional Summary section of your profile is a good way to highlight your experience. Select an Industry, because recruiters often use that field to search. Include all the keywords and skills from your resume in your profile. That will make it easier for your profile to be found in search results.
Your personal brand reflects who are as a person But keep Your Personal Life Private You can still have personal information on the web. Just make sure that it's only available to the people you want to see it. Make sure that other networkers are finding what you want them to find, and what they are viewing is appropriate. Do be careful what you write. Keep in mind that just about anything that is online can be read by someone - or everyone.
Add a Photo You can add a photo (a headshot is recommended or upload a larger photo and edit it) to your LinkedIn profile. Note that it must be a small photo - no larger than 80x80 pixels Do be sure the photo represents the professional you and isn't too casual. It checks that you are connecting to the correct person.
Join relevant groups Groups can help you stay informed and keep in touch with people that share your interests. Within these groups there are discussions going on where you can post your link in the share box, or start your own discussion.
Limit your time Don't spend hours on it each week. Control the time you spend with all your social media. Set up Linkedin folder within your inbox so that this filters your emails messages and these go directly to your Linkedin folder and you can check your messages when it suits you.