LinkedIn is the world’s most popular professional network, with 875 million users worldwide at the time of writing. Not only does LinkedIn help you build your professional network, but it’s also a great tool for finding jobs, building a career, and growing your online presence. A place for job seekers!
But how do you get the most out of LinkedIn? There are many things you can do to optimize your online profile. Here are some tips.
Create a LinkedIn Profile
First of all! If you want to get the most out of this platform, you should build your profile from scratch. Self-explanatory, but here are some important tips to keep in mind:
- Add your profile picture. They are not advised on CVs, but LinkedIn itself advises profiles with photos get 21x more views and 9x more connection requests. Make sure your photo is a headshot with professional attire and a plain background.
- Fill out your profile as much as possible. That means adding at least a compelling About section, a full Experience section (including your role and related overview, and achievement), a concise Qualifications section, and a comprehensive Skills section.
- Change the heading and URL. LinkedIn automatically sets the headline to your current job title and the URL to a random series of numbers. Attract more views by changing them to something more memorable. Examples include what you do, what industry you work in, how you add value, what drives you, and who you help.
Now you need to start building your network. You can start with your current co-workers and add former co-workers, managers, suppliers, clients, out-of-office contacts, and more. The list is endless. You can also connect with people you don’t know. Etiquette recommends adding a personal note to the connection request in that case, explaining why you want to connect. This is a great way to expand your network of industry professionals. Keep adding to the network through your carrier. Contact information is invaluable in job hunting!
Follow companies and individuals
Most businesses have a profile page on LinkedIn. Follow industry leaders and companies you want to work for. That way, you’ll see their posts and be well-informed about the news and developments in both the industry and the companies you’re interested in. When it comes time for the interview, you have the upper hand. You can also follow individuals, from giants like Bill Gates and Barack Obama to random people who post on topics that interest them.
Join the group
Whatever you do, LinkedIn has a group for it. They are a great place to meet like-minded professionals, keep up with industry developments, get support, and provide.
LinkedIn UK is a social network. Like, comment and share posts to increase your visibility. Even better, write your own post and participate in the comments. These activities will help you stay at the forefront of people’s minds. So when someone hears about an opportunity that might be right for you, you’ll be the first to know.
Find jobs on LinkedIn UK
LinkedIn is a job board itself, so you can use the search feature to find roles that interest you. You can also set up alerts to notify you as soon as roles matching your search criteria are posted. You can often apply directly through LinkedIn, but if your employer advertises open positions on her website, you should apply directly. You will have the opportunity to tailor your application to a specific position.If your profile is well optimized (add keywords throughout, especially
skill section), you may find yourself approached by recruiters without lifting a finger!
Advance one’s career
Using LinkedIn UK is a smart career move. Best of all, it’s free (unless you want really fancy options).