The social media platform named LinkedIn is a powerful tool for those looking to build their networks, learn from experts and connect with people on a more professional level than other social networks. Standing out on LinkedIn can be difficult if your profile is not up to par with your peers and having a strong profile can be a differentiating factor when applying for those top-level jobs.
Gian Figueroa, Operations Strategist at IntelliSource, discussed some of the steps you can take to improve your profile and stand out from the crowd.
“You want to start by identifying your personal brand. This is made up of a combination of skills and unique experiences that make you stand out from the rest of the world. Once you have that internal knowledge of who you are, fill out the entire page, even the volunteer section. If you haven’t volunteered, consider donating your time to help as this can lead to new doors opening. Interject your personality into the profile and keep your experience shorter than you would on a resume. This is a social network after all! Keep it personal but professional and bring a spirit of contribution to each interaction you are part of.”
When building your profile and network, Gian knows that bringing the spirit of contribution will enable you to truly connect with people.
“People connect to those they find value within and showing your value through great communication is key. Following people on the network before connecting with them can help you find out more about the contact and enable you to personalize your message further, allowing you to connect with the right people. Reach out for opinions and recommendations and be sure to put your network to good use while contributing back to the community.”
Using these tips, you can make your LinkedIn profile to stand out from the sea of others in your field.