How To Curate Your LinkedIn Profile

How To Curate Your LinkedIn Profile | 8 tips to make your LinkedIn profile as professional as possible!

I would argue that LinkedIn is one of the most important forms of social media for a young professional. It’s the first network that HR specialists check when they’re considering new hires because it’s basically a digital resume. The HR  team at my internship said that if a candidate doesn’t have a good LinkedIn, they won’t consider them. That might sound harsh at first, but honestly, it makes sense. Any young professional in today’s age who takes their career seriously should have a well-developed profile. That being said, if you don’t have one, go make one right this moment. It’s okay, I’ll wait here until you’re back.

Created your profile? Great. Now let’s talk about how you should go about making it the best profile possible.

How To Curate Your LinkedIn Profile | 8 tips to make your LinkedIn profile as professional as possible!

Professional photo

Your LinkedIn profile picture should be a professional-looking headshot, not an artsy candid. Save that for a fire Instagram post!

Do

  • Make sure you have a clean appearance
  • Smile!
  • Wear something professional (extra points for a blazer!)
  • Take the photo in a well-lit location

Don’t

  • Pose in front of a busy background
  • Include other people in your picture (we can tell when you crop them out)
  • Use a full-body photo
  • Make any weird/rude gestures

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Detailed top card

Your LinkedIn top card is the little rectangle of information at the top of your profile. It includes your profile photo, name, title, current workplace, education institution, location, and number of connections, along with a long description and any media you upload.

Your title is essentially what shows up after your name. Personally, I like to make it the position I’m currently holding. For instance, “Customer Service Specialist at *Insert Company Here*”. I know other people who prefer to make their major and school as their title: “Apparel Merchandising Student at Iowa State University.” Basically make it however you want to sell yourself.

Also, stay true to your location! If you live 3 hours outside of Chicago, don’t say that you’re located in the Chicago area. Save that for the people who actually live within the Chicagoland limits.

Your long description is basically your elevator pitch, or what you would tell a potential employer in 30 seconds or less. Shout out your major strengths, skills, and anything you think separates you from the rest of the crowd.

Make sure you upload an up-to-date resume. For more tips on how to create and format a resume, check out this post for the basics, and this post for more details.

Post-high school education

Include any and all post-secondary education you received in your life! Whether you went to trade school, a traditional university, studied abroad, went somewhere for your masters and PhD, took a course at some random school over the summer…all of it. Not only does it show your diverse academic background and the things you studied, but HR people often have a special place in their hearts for people who went to their school. So yes, even if you just took summer classes at a random university, it could be just what you need to get in good with the hiring manager!

Skills & endorsements

This is where you get to show off all your skills! Let people know every trick you have hidden up your sleeve. You never know what skills potential future employers may be looking for.

After you enter all your skills, see if you can get anyone to endorse you on those skills. You can talk all you want about how you’re an expert coder, but if no one endorses you, then you really have no proof.

Hint: Endorse other people’s skills, and they’ll likely endorse a few of yours!

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Accomplishments

The accomplishment section includes all of the following: Publications, awards, certifications, courses, test scores, projects, patents, languages, and organizations.

Dazzle everyone with your high LSAT score, your ability to speak 4 languages, and that you’re published in the New York Times! Show everyone that they are missing out by not hiring you.

If you don’t have much to put in here yet, don’t worry! Just start by sharing the courses you’ve taken that are relevant to what you want to do in your career. You’ll fill this section up in no time!

Other best practices

If you’re active on LinkedIn, there are some other things you should be aware of!

Pages you follow/Groups you’re in

Yes, HR looks at the pages you follow! A key thing they look for is that you follow companies that are similar to theirs. That shows them that you’re really interested in that field! Also make sure that whenever you apply for a job at a company, you follow them on LinkedIn. It’s not required, but it definitely gets you brownie points.

Your activity shows on your profile

That’s right. Everything you like, comment on, and share stays on your profile forever. Yep, even that funny career-related-yet-slightly-inappropriate meme that your friend posted and you liked last year. The best way to navigate LinkedIn is to stay positive, never badmouth a company, and only like and share things that are appropriate.

Make meaningful connections

How many connections you have doesn’t matter near as much as the quality of said connections. Try connecting with people in your field, even classmates and professors at your university! Someone may know someone else that could help advance your career!

Those are my tips on how to navigate LinkedIn and have the best profile possible! I hope that you were able to learn a thing or two from this post and that you’ll share it with your friends! My last bit of advice is to never underestimate the value of a well-developed profile!

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59 Replies to “How To Curate Your LinkedIn Profile”

  1. Great tips!! Having a crisp profile picture is so important.
    Austen
    http://www.keepcalmandchiffon.com/blog/6/4/nyc-summer-to-do

    1. So true! Thanks for reading, Austen!

  2. I am so bad at using linkedIn, after reading this post I am inspired to clean up my profile. Luckily I have a professional photo from my last job but I need to rewrite a few portions of my page.

    1. Glad this post inspired you!

  3. I’ve never been able to figure out LinkedIn so I deleted it probably 2-3 years ago, but it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere, so maybe I should try again! xoRach | http://www.rkcsouthern.com

    1. Yes you should!

  4. Tilley Hanson says: Reply

    This post couldn’t come at a better time for me! I have updated my linkedin on this week’s to do list!

  5. I can’t tell you how many intern applications I’ve ignored because they didn’t have a LinkedIn. It really is the best way to connect with professionals!

    1. Glad to hear this from the hiring side of the spectrum! Thanks for reading, Whitney!

    2. So true! Thanks Whitney!

  6. I love playing around on LinkedIn! There is so much more I can do, but I make sure my profile is up to date!

  7. I used to be so good about updating my LinkedIn, but since ive been working on the cruise ship, I’ve gotten so bad about it. I’m pretty sure I haven’t updated it in about a year. These are all such good tips. I need to get to updating!

    1. Haha I think you have an excuse because of cruise shippin’! Thanks for reading!

  8. These are great tips! So many people are using linkedIn now a days!

    1. Thanks Mckenna!

  9. I have never had one of these, but I know this article will help many of my friends who are looking for jobs!! I will send this their way xx

    1. You should def consider getting one! Thanks for sending this their way though!

  10. I been enjoying sharing interesting articles on LinkedIn. I find that I get more profile views and interaction with other users.

    1. So true Kristine! Thanks for reading!

  11. This was SUCH a great post. LinkedIn can be so tricky when on the job hunt – great tips!

    1. Thank you Kenzie! Glad you found it helpful!

    2. Thank you Kenzie!

  12. This is such a great post! One of my pet peeves is when you can tell that people have cropped others out of their profile picture. I definitely need to work more connections on LinkedIn, especially now that I’m starting to look for a big-girl job! 🙂

    Hannah | the swirl | http://theswirlblog.com/

    1. Omg same! Thanks for reading Hannah!

    2. Thanks Hannah!

  13. Love this! Thank you for sharing – reminding me to go see my linkedin profile haha been awhile xD

    1. Thanks Sophia!

  14. I’ve always struggled with knowing how to use Linkedin! Thanks for the tips!

    1. Thanks for reading Kristin – glad I could help!

    2. Glad I could help!

  15. These are such great tips for LinkedIn! While I have one and occasionally check back up on it, I don’t do too much with it. I definitely should go a tweak a few things though!

    1. Thanks Cameron!

  16. Oh linkedin… such a struggle! Once I really delved into mine… it just got better and better! So under-utilized IMO.

    xx,

    Lacey

    1. So true! It’s the most under appreciated networking site!

  17. These are all great tips! I have gotten several messages from companies through linkedin for job offers. This is really helpful for someone who is just starting out or someone that needs to clean up their profile.

  18. This is so timely. I signed up for it but never ever set up my profile. It has been on my to do list for so long.

    1. Glad this came at the right time for you!

  19. I seriously need to make a Linkedin profile! Thanks for these great tips.

    -Alix

  20. These are such great tips!! I need to update mine – I haven’t used it much lately! Love this!

    1. Thanks Adriana!

  21. So agree with all of these! As someone who interviews prospective hires, I always check out applicants’ LinkedIn profiles and there’s no bigger turn-off than a profile that looks unprofessional. Great tips!

    1. So great to hear this from someone who hires people!

  22. Believe me, after 1o years in the professional world, LinkedIn is very valuable!

  23. LinkedIn is SO important. I actually got my most recent job by reaching out to my now boss on LinkedIn following sending her my resume with a quick elevator pitch and greeting.
    She says it’s the main reason she hired me, she wanted a go getter so I go got it!

    Xxox
    Laura @ http://www.cookwineandthinker.com

    1. Ahh that’s so rad!

  24. Great tip. I have not used my linkedln in months I need to go update it.

    xoxo
    Oby Grace
    http://www.obygrace.com/

    1. Glad you liked the post!

  25. These are all such great tips! My LinkedIn profile definitely needs some TLC, will def use your tips!
    xoxo,
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

    1. Glad you found them helpful! Thanks for reading!

  26. LinkedIn is so intimidating to me! Thanks for these awesome tips!

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

    1. Thanks Kayla!

  27. These are such great tips! My LinkedIn profile is definitely lacking!!

    xo
    Sami
    The Classic Brunette

    1. Thanks Sami! Hope the tips help!

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