12 fast ways to pump up your LinkedIn profile

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Take active steps to improve your
LinkedIn profile and presence.
Use these 12 quick tips to make real improvements on your LinkedIn profile.

Start all improvements by logging on to LinkedIn and then going to your Profile tab and then selecting "Edit Profile."

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Make sure your picture is professional looking with good light.

1. Add a nice, color photo so people can put a face with your name. Profile photo tips

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Let connections know if you are in an open job search.

2. If you are in an open job search, use wording like, "Qualified TITLE seeking XX position” in the “Current” box. I landed a job precisely because I did this ... so try it!


3. Copy your profile text into Microsoft Word so that the Word spell check can reveal typos on your profile. Make necessary corrections. Also update your profile information regularly.


4. Seek more LinkedIn recommendations by writing recommendations about people first. Many of the same people will gladly write a recommendation about you in return. Provide them with your resume to make it easy for them. Learn how.


5. Add quantifiable results to your current and past experience entries. Learn more.


6. Take advantage of the “Add sections” feature found on the right navigation bar on your Edit Profile page. This feature will let you add certifications, languages, publications, awards and more. Add up to 50 skills by adding Skills & Expertise under the More tab. Ask your connections to endorse your skills

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Add up to 50 skills and then ask your connections to endorse you for them.


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Add visual links to your resume, presentations and online portfolio. 

7. Add your resume and samples to your profile using the free Box.net application. Use the free SlideShare application to add presentations and videos. Learn how.


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Create a sheet of LinkedIn recommendations to impress hiring companies.

8. Copy/paste your LinkedIn recommendations into a Word document and post the sheet on your profile through Box.net. Also attach this sheet when you apply for jobs via e-mail or on application sites that allow you to attach multiple documents. Learn more.


9. Join LinkedIn groups related to your field, as well as your university alumni group and local and national career search and networking groups. Learn more.

10. Build your network. Search your connections' lists of connections and invite mutual friends to connect. Build your relationship by adding a personal note in your invitation that reminds them how you know them and that enlists their help in finding the types of jobs you seek. Keep in touch and continue to remind them that you are job seeking.

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Invite your connections' connections to connect.


11. Use your Update status bar to let people know you are job seeking. Write something like, “Seeking a XX position. Please send leads!” Change the message slightly every week so your status will continually show up on your contact’s LinkedIn network updates.


12. Make it easy for recruiters to find you. Add keywords (the requirements or certifications often mentioned in the job descriptions of the jobs you want) throughout your profile. Recruiters often search for qualified candidates by keywords using the Advanced Search People function. For example, they will search for "Perl " and then include an L.A. zip code into the Postal Code box if they are seeking a Perl programmer in the Los Angeles area.


Bonus Tip: Click through all the tabs on LinkedIn to try out the various options. LinkedIn offers an amazing array of ways to help you present yourself in the best light. So get more familiar with LinkedIn and update your profile now … after all, it can help youGet a Job!


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  1. These are great ideas for people not only looking for a job, but also those of us looking to use Linked In to let other people know how we can help them. Thanks for the posting!

  2. Some good tips. My only query is what happens when you are connected with your current manager and you don't really want to reveal quite so publicly that you are looking for a new position?
    Another problem I've found is, like other social media sites, it is only as useful as who's using it. A lot of my contacts don't use LinkedIn.

  3. The good news is that you can easily remove your manager as a first degree connection and the system does not inform your boss that you have been disconnected ... he or she will just think you've stopped communicating on LinkedIn as much. To disconnect him/her, simply go to the Contacts tab > scroll through your contacts to find the person you want to remove and then click the Remove connections button. I always suggest doing that when you are job seeking.

    Regarding the comment about some people not being on social media, that will likely always be the case so reach out to those people through other means but at the same time build your social media network with people who are active on the sites such as LinkedIn. There are so many active people out there who can be of help to you.

    1. Thanks for the tips, really helpful.

  4. LinkedIn isn't tumblr, so i agree with the profile picture advise.


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