5 Must-Haves on Your LinkedIn Profile

Although traditional resumes are still a required part of job hunting, a complementary LinkedIn profile is almost a must-have for every industry and every job level.

There are several elements that a LinkedIn profile must-have for it to be comprehensive and effective in helping you get noticed and land an interview.

1. Strong Summary

Toward the top of your LinkedIn page, there is a section where you can write a short paragraph to summarize the highlights of your professional life. It’s right below your name and catches the eye of recruiters as they scan your profile. In this section, you should write three sentences. The first sentence should state your objective, for example: ‘I am seeking a challenging opportunity in managing online marketing strategies.’ There are times when you do not want your current employer knowing that you are actively looking for a job, of course, so you could reword that first sentence to something like, ‘I thrive in challenging marketing roles.’

The second sentence should state what makes you special for this kind of role. For example, you could write ‘My math degree gives me an edge over most folks in the industry who rely too much on their intuition, rather than following the story the numbers are telling them.’

The third sentence is reserved for something about you as a person. This might be a hobby that demonstrates a personality trait. For example, playing in a basketball league shows that you can work well in teams.

2. Recommendations

LinkedIn allows you to have recommendations from colleagues and managers. Most people do not have any recommendations on their profile so this section can set you apart from the crowd. It’s not very important what exactly someone says in your recommendation. The key thing is that someone from your past has taken the time to publicly acknowledge something positive about you.”

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