LinkedIn is a good spot for jobseekers and companies to make a connection. Job seekers could haunt a job from a successful company having the chance to show off their portfolios. The companies on the other hand could have the opportunity to find someone with great reputation to be hired or their team. If you know how to play the games on LinkedIn, then you surely wouldn’t come empty handed. Profiles on LinkedIn were viewed a good portion and must tell your personality, knowledge and skills. To ensure that you are putting your best foot forward on your page, here are a few common mistakes that you should avoid.
1. Wrong profile pic. LinkedIn is not Facebook. You shouldn’t just put any personal events in your life in there. The image that you must project on LinkedIn must be the professional you. A picture of your baby or anyone in your family means you’re not ready for a full time career or you are not taking your job seriously.
2. No job description. Stating your job on your previous or present company is not enough. It needs to be described. Some people don’t have any idea on what kind of work you have so it is so much better to expound it a little. A brief summary of your responsibilities onto your job should get the point.
3. Default connection request. Even if you are not seeking a job and are only just trying to make a connection, stop using the default connection request. Personalize it so the recipient will think twice before ignoring that request. This also implies your professionalism and would make you a great candidate on their eyes. There are a lot of people in LinkedIn who are trying to get a connection. Make yourself noticed and stand from the crowd by being different from the commoners.
4. Dull Headline. Stop using boring headlines. Spice it up a bit with a few achievements. The primary thing that appears when someone searches your profile is your photo, your name and your headline. Your headline is the important from most parts. It states who you are and what you are able to do.
5. Thinking your profile is enough. It’s not like companies or job seekers would stumble across you and see how brilliant you are or how great your company is. You have to make yourself visible. Join groups that are of the same interest as yours. Or you can follow someone or some company and see what they’re up to or who’s coming and going. Either way, it’s the perfect opportunity to be seen.
LinkedIn has a special connection. It is a professional networking. Do not treat it as you treat your Facebook and Twitter page. There is a big difference between a personal and professional networking.