Is a LinkedIn profile important? The simple answer is yes.
Linkedin is one of the most important tools that you have in the job market. But it is also a giant in the networking stakes.
If you are going to do one thing today – create your Linkedin Profile
So Why Do I need a LinkedIn Profile?
You need a LinkedIn Profile to be seen in the real world. Employers will be looking at you on LinkedIn.
I had a client who was looking for a job and her potential employer told her: “you looked was weird not to have a profile” and he nearly didn’t hire her!
So people expect you to have one and they will search for you on the site.
What does it need to say?
Well that’s a big question and I go into more blogs about aspects of the profile that I think are important.
- Make connections – you want 300+ to be seen on LinkedIn
- Get recommendations – all people to recommend you, it makes a difference
- Have a good photo – essential so people see who you are
- Add your top level CV to the site – link your page to places you have worked. That helps you see old and new colleagues
Be in the space and take part. Add value to your connections. Tell people your ideas and share your work with people. Make sure it is business related, we don’t want to know about your dog!
I often share articles from my network and then add my own blog posts. It’s a great way to connect and create a conversation.
Want to know more?
LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network with 722+ million members in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.
Their Vision is to “Create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce”.
The Mission of LinkedIn is simple: connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful.
Who are they?
LinkedIn began in co-founder Reid Hoffman’s living room in 2002 and was officially launched on May 5, 2003.LinkedIn About Page
Today, LinkedIn leads a diversified business with revenues from membership subscriptions, advertising sales and recruitment solutions under the leadership of Ryan Roslansky. In December 2016, Microsoft completed its acquisition of LinkedIn, bringing together the world’s leading professional cloud and the world’s leading professional network.