Power Your Career with LinkedIn

linkedin profileOne of the most rewarding aspects of my job as an Executive Career Coach is helping people reach their full potential. So often candidates are on the verge of success but don’t have the background or know-how to showcase their skills and abilities in a way that is relevant to today’s tough job market.

Relationship building is the most relevant way to explore the many career choices and opportunities available to you. There are now over 100 million professionals who use LinkedIn to exchange information, ideas and career opportunities, giving you access to the largest audience of influential professionals worldwide.

Boost your Profile and Online Image with LinkedIn

Don’t ignore those LinkedIin invitations, connect with them now! Here are my top tips to help you lift your LinkedIn profile.

1. Get a new LinkedIn Profile –  Your LinkedIn profile is so important. Resumes Australia has a team of professional resume writers who know how to write a LinkedIn profile that will attract the attention of recruiters and employers and help you move forward in your career.

2. Start by promoting yourself – It is so important to present yourself professionally online as prospective employers will often look at social media sites to find out more about you. Show prospective employers you’re right for the job with an impressive career biography.

3. Reconnect with old contacts – Touch base with old colleagues and people you know and make sure there are no “undesirables” in your contacts. You also have the opportunity to view the connections of your connections to expand your contact list if you are on the “lean” side. If you need an introduction to a second-degree contact, ask your primary contact to help you.

4. Connect your websites and join groups and associations – LinkedIn provides a central hub to connect all the various websites displaying your ideas and skills – including Twitter, blogs, or company websites. Also join any LinkedIn groups or associations of interest. This will show prospective employers what your interests are and what you are passionate about.

5. Include a photo – Upload a professional looking photo to your profile. It’s a good way to add your personality to your profile.

6. Get headhunted – use keywords. Companies use LinkedIn Talent Advantage to hire and search users to find people with the exact skills they need. Promoting your skills effectively could the difference between being noticed and missing out.

7. Ask for recommendations – Give your profile a boost with recommendations from past bosses, colleagues or business associates. Sending a recommendation request through the site may be considered less obtrusive than emailing them out of the blue.

8. Research companies and people – Find out more about companies by browsing the profiles of people who have worked there – i.e. how long did they stay? Also check out the page of the person who will be interviewing you to find out a little about their history.

9. Keep active – Once you have a strong LinkedIn profile, keep it updated and check back regularly for new connections to add. Interact with your connections to keep your relationships fresh, help them out with recommendations or introductions when you can and ask them for help when you need it.

To find out more about our Executive Resume Writing and LinkedIn packages, visit Resumes Australia today!

About Kylie Hammond
Executive Search Consultant, Head-Hunter, HR Consultant, Executive Career Coach, Expert Resume Writer & Executive Talent Agent.

2 Responses to Power Your Career with LinkedIn

  1. IHK says:

    Great feedback – thank you for your assistance with my LinkedIn page!

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