Are you a member of LinkedIn? If you haven’t already, you should do so immediately. It is critical to have your resume online and to network with colleagues and industry professionals. You never know, a fantastic job opportunity may be waiting for you out there!
This article is not intended for LinkedIn newcomers. It is unquestionably for those of you who consider yourself to be novices. Assume you’re uncertain whether clicking on someone’s profile will make it accessible to that individual, or you believe your LinkedIn invitation seems really dry and unprofessional.
Let’s take a look at tips and tweaks that can help you boost your LinkedIn profile and elevate you to stardom!
Use LinkedIn to connect with new individuals.
Are you too nervous to contact that lead, or do you believe it would be unprofessional to do so without a foreword? You can utilize LinkedIn’s “Get Introduced” feature. It’s quite straightforward: if the lead is your second connection (meaning he or she is connected to your follower), you can ask your direct follower to introduce you to that person.
Click on the person’s profile (if you’re uncomfortable with being “disclosed,” you may disable this option – see point 3) and then on the drop-down menu next to “Send email” and then on “Get Introduced.” It will lead you to your messages box, where LinkedIn will prompt you to choose which direct connection you’d like to meet:
Would you like to add a personal touch to your invitation? Simply clicking “Connect” and select the network through which you know that individual enables LinkedIn to send that cold message:
Why not be more human and include a few of your own words?
Customize the URL to your LinkedIn profile
Is this new to you? Is it true that I have a LinkedIn URL? Uhm… how do you believe others will discover you? No worries; I frequently come across LinkedIn profiles of CEOs and owners of large organizations that have a photo of their cat as their profile page, with a URL that looks something like this:
https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=AAkAAADdc6YBRH-93RrhfhBLGOnOfgmonO5ZbN8&authType=NAME SEARCH&authToken=VKH5&locale=en US&trk=tyah&trkInfo=clickedVertical%3Amynetwork%2CclickedEntityId%3A1452CtarId % 3A1442255181991 % 2Ctas % 3A
You can make it significantly shorter by including your name so that visitors know where to click. It’s as simple as uploading your profile photo. Indeed, it is directly beneath it:
Why is the second link superior to https://www.linkedin.com/in/martastrykowska? It’s more professional, demonstrates that you care about your web presence, and – most importantly – you may include it on your CV!
Personalize the URL to your LinkedIn profile
LinkedIn does allow you to search through other people’s profiles without their knowledge! And yes, it is a completely free option!
Simply navigate to your profile settings and click on this option under the first tab (Profile):
LinkedIn will present you with three options: fully disclose your profile, partially share it (“Someone at xxx”), or remain completely anonymous. Simply keep in mind that selecting the third choice will delete LinkedIn’s bizarre statistics – more on that in the following point:
Profile Stats – Determine your popularity
LinkedIn just launched this function — and I adore it! It’s an excellent method to monitor your LinkedIn performance — who’s following you, who’s taking action, where they’re from, what job titles and towns they’re in, and so on.
If you do not wish to view this feature, it is simple to disable it in your settings:
Deactivate your job activity
LinkedIn by default makes your employment activities apparent. As a result, if you’re secretly looking for work, stalking competitors’ profiles, or communicating with recruiters, and using your management as a connection, you might want to use this option. It’s accessible via the right-hand sidebar on your profile page. With a single click, you can turn it off and on:
Additionally, you can disable another form of activity – the “People also viewed” option that appears on the right-hand sidebar. This enables viewers of your profile to see links that were also uncovered during the scan of your name. This piece of information may be irrelevant to you and your prospects, therefore disable it in settings: Allow visitors to your profile to view your competitors’!
Ask For Recommendations
Your profile will appear more complete and authentic if it contains real recommendations from coworkers. If you obtain them freely, congratulations!
At times, you need to encourage individuals to spread the message, correct? LinkedIn has a similar feature — click on the drop-down menu next to your profile to get the “Ask to be recommended” option. It will launch the Recommendations window – a summary of requests for your recommendations, whether received, offered, or in the form of a query.
It’s that simple!
Target your Updates
You may not choose to share all updates with everyone at all times. For those of you who are more active on LinkedIn – whether by sharing articles, uploading videos, or publishing notes from your own business – some content may be irrelevant or inappropriate for some groups. Once again, this is something that can be found in your settings:
Did you know that by clicking on your connection’s “star” (named Relationship), you may set reminders regarding that person? You can include notes about how you met the lead, as well as tags and reminders for future follow-up encounters.
It’s an excellent CRM solution for managing all of your new contacts! Additionally, you were unaware that many LinkedIn connection requests are automated. Also, the notes are absolutely invisible to everyone except you!