Linkedin is consistently growing and a must have for all career driven professionals. As the site has grown, the ability to customize has also expanded. If you haven’t noticed, go into your own profile and you will see a spot at the top to add a top header photo. You may not think of Linkedin as a place to be “artistic” or colorful even. This is your time to set your profile apart from the many others on the site.
Linkedin gives you some possible headers to choose from or to upload your own. When you’re designing the header banner, make sure it is a jpeg, png, or gif that is less than 4 MB in size. The dimensions are 1400 X 425. One important part is the top part of your profile with your profile image is sitting over this header. When you’re designing the header, leave space in the middle-bottom part as it will be covered by the profile.
This is the time for you to have a strong personal brand. This represents you. It can give you the exposure to help make a great first impression.
Whether you are employed by an organization or you are an entrepreneur, you should be on Linkedin. It is the social media network for professionals who are looking to network, connect with their peers, co-workers, or other business partners.
A big tip I have for Linkedin, may seem obvious, but it’s something many people miss. When you go on your profile, there may be a lot of fields to fill out, but take the time to fill them out. ALL of them. Just to help, Linkedin includes a progress circle letting you know if you have completely filled out your profile. If it’s not full, it will show you what is missing.
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to rush through and simply copy/paste your resume into a Linkedin profile. You need to show that you are a serious professional and your presence on Linkedin, can be seen by numerous professionals in your industry. Now is your time to shine.
Watch for my next tip on Linkedin – What you absolutely MUST include in your Linkedin Profile.