LinkedIn – your online resume
Your LinkedIn profile is your online resume and will help you build a professional brand for prospective employers.
Make sure your profile is complete and detailed but temporarily turn off your activity broadcast whenever you are updating so you don’t fill your connections feed with update notices.
Include a high quality, recent photo. Use a headshot that represents the professional you rather than a holiday snap.
Customise your URL so your link is easy to share. If your name is available, use it.
Make your profile public so people can find you. Use a summary to showcase parts of your profile. Add photos, videos and slideshow presentations to your profile summary to provide examples of your work or show yourself in action. Click ‘Edit Profile’, scroll down to your summary, then click on the box symbol, then ‘Add file’.
Request LinkedIn recommendations from people you have worked with. These will act as references to potential employers.
In a LinkedIn survey 41% of professionals considered volunteer work equally as valuable as paid work experience.
To add the Volunteer Experience and Causes field to your profile click ‘Profile’ at the top, click ‘Add Sections’, select ‘Volunteer Experience & Causes’, click ‘Add to Profile’ and fill out the applicable fields.