A LinkedIn profile is a necessity in today's job search. It allows you to communicate to potential employers 24/7 and to quickly show your abilities and skills. Some companies search for future employees or look to fill specific spots throughLinkedIn before they actually post a job or while they're interviewing. A LinkedIn profile acts as a resume. Your LinkedIn profile might be the first professional impression an employer has of you.
We found some great resources to help get you started. There is a free class in how to use LinkedIn at: https://www.gcflearnfree.org/linkedin/
There is a great Youtube video for how to set up your profile at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0kW9j-b2xM
1. Include in your headline the position or type of work you are looking for, whether that is "Wind Turbine Technician" or "Massage Therapist," so that you show up in searches.
2. Include all contact information and keep this updated
3. Use a professional appearing photograph for your profile picture - professionally dressed for the field with a monotone background.
4. Write a good summary and have friends and colleagues help check it to make sure it works well and doesn't have any typos.
5. Emphasize your professional skills - endorsements are very helpful, don't be afraid to ask.
6. When adding people to your LinkedIn, it is more effective to personalize your invitation to connect.
7. Join Groups! There are groups related to every industry or niche, joining and participating in this can build your network.
8. Be active! Many check LinkedIn on a daily basis and you don't know when a search will happen.
9. The best time to post is Tuesday, 9-10 am CST. Updates posted between 9 am and 1 pm EST get the most shares.
10. Proofread, proofread, proofread
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