You are ready to take your career to a new level – and LinkedIn is one of the best tools to make this possible. The only catch is that LinkedIn has over 300 million users, so it is important to stand out in the crowd. There are a few simple things you can do, such as improving your language and getting recommendations. Here are a few simple steps you can follow.
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It is seven times more likely that others will see your profile if you have a profile picture. Show your personality, but try to keep it professional. Ask a friend with a good camera for help – stay away from iPhone photos, unless they are of very good quality.
You have 120 characters to summarize who you are. Here it’s good to be creative – share that you are an earth traveler or an expert in writing texts. If possible you can use industry keywords here.
SHOW WHAT YOU ARE GOOD FOR
Your achievements should be clear throughout the profile. Explain your role in leading projects, managing people and achieving your goals – reinforced with numbers if possible.
PROVE YOUR ENGLISH SKILLS
Prove how international you are by showing off your language skills. You can take EF’s own English test , the EFSET – and have your score certified directly into your LinkedIn profile. The test is of course free.
GIVE AND GET RECOMMENDATIONS
Recommendations are like references, and they are actually very easy to get on LinkedIn. Contact a few contacts and ask them to share their insights and views on your work and qualities. Be sure to reciprocate the service.