It’s time to focus on touching up your LinkedIn profile so it’s bright, shiny, and squeaky clean for employers. Here are some things to polish up on your profile:
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1. Remove empty terms.
Remove any subjective terminology such as “motivated, “dedicated,” “results-driven,” “self-starter,” “high-level thinker,” “quick learner,” and so on. While you may have all of these traits, describing yourself in these terms means nothing to employers without proof. Anyone can say that they are a highly motivated self-starter, but how do you know it’s true? Remove empty terms like this from your resume and LinkedIn profile. Instead, just stick with quantifiable accomplishments that prove you’re qualified through results (you’ll learn more about these in a little bit).
2. Add new technologies to your LinkedIn Summary.
What new software or technologies have you learned lately that relate to your industry? Update your LinkedIn profile with any new, relevant technologies. What software are you proficient in? Whether it’s WordPress or Excel, updating your profile with relevant technologies you use in your field allows you to further optimize your profile and fully take advantage of your Summary section.
3. Reorganize your Top Skills.
In your Top Skills section (where all of your endorsements can be found), you want to showcase the 10 hard skill sets you want to leverage in your next job. This makes is easy for employers and recruiters to see what you excel at on the job – and you want to make it as easy as possible for them to see your value! So, take a few minutes to reorganize your Top Skills to showcase your top 10 at the top. While in Edit mode, you can reorganize how your skills appear by dragging and dropping them.
4. Ditch those dense paragraphs.
Let’s go back to making it easy for recruiters and employers to see your value for a second. When you make them sift through big, dense paragraphs in your Work History to find the information they need, you’re making it HARDER for them, not easier! Remember, white space is your friend. Swap out those murky paragraphs for clear, concise bullet points of your quantifiable accomplishments instead.
5. Add numbers wherever possible.
Your goal is to demonstrate your value to employers. They want to know that you’ve been there, done that, and can do it well. The best way to do that is to quantify your accomplishments. Always ask, how many, how much, how long, and how often? Remember my simple formula: numbers = results = value.
So, add this minor task to your Spring cleaning list this year. It won’t take long, but it will make all of the difference to employers when it comes to looking at your profile. (Want to make your life easier for next time? Keep up with your LinkedIn profile by reviewing it every month or so and making updates as needed.)
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This post was originally written by Ariella Coombs.