Updating your LinkedIn profile can certainly be a daunting task. It’s suggested to tackle 5 a day (or 5 over a weekend). I know I prefer to work in ‘chunks’ as opposed to tackling a project in one fell swoop. Here you go. Some may seem to duplicate toward the bottom (referencing the summary/narrative) but the section is such a prime piece of digital real estate – the extra emphasis is well worth the mentioning.
- Your industry and location are current
- Up-to-date current position (with description)
- Two past positions (under “Experience”)
- Your education is added
- Skills are added (use all 50 available)
- Profile photo (a professional one please)
- Claim your personalized LinkedIn profile URL (linkedin.com/in/name)
- Text links to website, blogs, and third-party sites (and make sure the links point to the correct website)
- Your profile has been proofread and is error-free (grammar, punctuation, spelling, and capitalization)
- Your Headline uses all 120 characters to maximum advantage (non-mobile character limit)
- Information on your LinkedIn profile is concise yet comprehensive and provides a good representation of your career and qualifications
- Keywords relevant to your job target are woven throughout your LinkedIn profile (helping increase your ability to be found online)
- Your profile answers this question: “Would I want to hire someone with this profile?”
- Your profile is attention-getting and persuasive
- Experience section is relevant to the job target sought and is not limited only to paid work.
- Summary is well constructed and distinctive. The Summary concisely tells who you are and what you want to do with your professional career.
- Summary/Narrative is an appropriate length (maximizes the words allowed — up to 2,000 characters)
- Summary contains interesting information that will entice the reader to want to read more of your LinkedIn profile
- The Summary has an effective rhythm and flow to it
- Your Summary does not duplicate information found elsewhere in the profile — instead, it enhances it
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