Tuesday, April 8, 2014

“LinkedIn not only for Professionals”, says Study

It’s a myth that professional social platforms are for professionals, service or business class individuals. Most of the recruiters nowadays scan the LinkedIn, Facebook and twitter profiles of the prospective candidate. LinkedIn is no more a job search website, therefore graduates and post graduate students should be little serious as to what they post on their profile whether it’s images or status updates.

In this article, today we will discuss about the important aspects on your LinkedIn profile page.

Points to Remember:
    1 )    E-mail Id: The e-mail Id that you use for professional networking should be professional. You CANNOT us coolguyamit@gmail.com, instead make use of your name or the initials for example: s.amit@gmail.com is the ideal id which you could use.
Profile Photo: Profile photo should be professional and not very professional. Avoid full length photos, a close up wearing a formal shirt with blazer is an ideal image for Linked In.
Profile Headline: The headline should be eye catching and extremely appealing to the reader/ recruiter. Students can mention the college they’re studying in, the course they are pursuing and the year they are in. Remember that a profile headline is like your professional identity.
Summary: another important feature in your profile is how well you have written your summary. Summary is the space box where the reader or recruiter can look into your name and profile headline. A brief write up about your work experience etc. should be highlighted.
Experience: Highlight the internships and the work you were handling therein. Highlight the projects list the duration, the name of the organization etc. Mention any kind of social work that you must have handled in the past.
Education: Under this section along with the qualification remember to fill in the Percentages/ grades. Mention any proficiency achieved in any subject.
Personal Details:   It is highly recommended to mention your date of birth, marital status and contact details. Just incase a recruiter wants to contact you he/ she can do so.
Recommendations:  ‘Recommendations’ means opinions written by your contacts about you and your work. The people who write recommendation to you may be your batch-mates, professors, teachers, professionals. Here it is very important to invite recommendations from those only with whom you have worked and know you.     
Groups: Join as many relevant groups as you can. Relevant to your career, future goal, career etc.
Privacy Settings: Check your settings and make sure that your entire profile is visible to all. This ensures greater visibility in other networks.

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