As we continue to explore the idea of a Digital Footprint, we would like to take a look at the world’s most popular professional networking site, LinkedIn.
If you don’t already have a LinkedIn page, this is a great time to start one.
And if you already do, take a look at the next few paragraphs to make sure your page is on point.
LinkedIn is the go-to platform if you aim to create business connections and network with like-minded people.
A business professional must know how LinkedIn works and the power it holds to getting hired and more.
LinkedIn is a potent tool that you can use for various purposes.
generating traffic to your business websites,
increase in sales, and
Below are some useful tips that you can use as a guide as you create or revamp your LinkedIn profile and make LinkedIn work for you, so get linked.
This is the very first step to be done.
Create a compelling profile that can attract other professionals.
Make use of the Professional Headline where a tagline can be indicated instead of your company title.
This can be a powerful way to make an excellent first impression, right off the bat.
Pay attention to the Background section of your profile and make use of the Summary field to convey to others who you are and what you do. Be clear on what you want to send to others.
Under the Interests section, list your interests and user-relevant keywords related to what you do. Using the right keywords can attract the right people.
A photo is worth a thousand words, so place a formal and professional photo on LinkedIn.
The profile photo is one of the first things that people see on a LinkedIn profile.
If you’re inviting someone, answering a query, commenting on something: your photo is the first thing an interested party is going to see—your first impression.
A cropped photo from a night out or a party will not do, as it will not give your profile the credibility needed.
Make sure to post an engaging photo on LinkedIn.
Adjust the privacy settings in LinkedIn and make your profile visible to everyone.
While you can adjust what you share to a specific group, you can at least allow the public, including casual perusers, to see your profile.
This is a professional profile, and at the end of the day, it isn’t of much use if you make it private.
The whole purpose of networking will be defeated.
Link your LinkedIn profile to your other social media accounts such as Twitter, Google+, and even your personal or professional website.
See to it that your LinkedIn is updated if you want to maximize your reach to the right people in the industry.
Keep in touch with your contacts by updating your status and sharing valuable and exciting things. Indicate in your profile if you are looking for suppliers, partners, clients, or employers.
Past Jobs and Other Experiences
Volunteer work is a plus factor. Other jobs that you may have had in the past are strongly encouraged to be added to LinkedIn, as (since your profile is public) you never know who is looking. If you are a fresh graduate, listing your part-time job may get you a position, because the hiring manager knows the skill acquired in that job is useful.
List the things that you are good at and other unique talents that may come in handy.
Skills are an asset, so showcase them.
The list of skills will guide you to the most relevant keywords to add to your LinkedIn profile.
You will receive a lot of connection requests on LinkedIn.
This is the time to choose who you will add.
You may add the wrong type of person who will not be beneficial to your networking strategy.
The more connections you have, the better people can find you.
Post Status Updates
Status updates can make you visible to your connection because these updates will come up in the news feed.
This can also serve as a gentle reminder to your contacts that you are open to doing business.
Having something to look at or listen to, such as a presentation or other media links, can make your LinkedIn profile more engaging and exciting.
Connect with Groups
While there are groups that are full of spam, there are useful groups as well, where you can get help and in turn, assist those who may need it.
These groups often share the same interests, and this can help in your networking.
Personalized Connection Message
When you request a connection, try sending a personalized message instead of sending the generic LinkedIn connection request message.
Tell the person why you want to connect. If you can explain, then the person on the other end might want to communicate with you.
Previously, there were recommendations; today, there are endorsements.
Give endorsements to connections, and they are likely to return the favour.
By endorsing others, you imply that you are interested in what they do. This can also be a good conversation starter.
Make Use of a QR Code
Let others find you more comfortable by generating a QR code that is linked directly to your LinkedIn profile.
You can include this in your IDs during business functions, and even in business cards and letters.
We live in a digital age, and it is up to us how to make use and maximize the potential of the Internet to connect with other like-minded people.