There are lots of ways for a company to get to know you. Traditional resumes still have a place in the workforce, as do established electronic communication methods such as e-mail. But social media continues to carve out an essential path for both employees and employers. How do you use one of them—LinkedIn—successfully? A stellar profile helps.
Creating a stand-out profile involves more than just your name. The details matter, including a headline and educational statistics. Think of LinkedIn and its elements as a way to sell yourself; that includes writing a good summary and presenting yourself in a consistent, professional manner. Experience and skills should be quantifiable.
In addition, images matter—especially on LinkedIn. It’s a place that many people look at first, and there are some definite dos (and don’ts) that can make a photo a complement, not a detriment, to a LinkedIn profile.
Those extra sections—volunteering, regular posts—are ways that you can make a LinkedIn profile stand out from a crowded field. Whether or not you’re looking for a job, or just want to make sure to keep an online resume up to date, LinkedIn (and this helpful infographic) can lead the way.