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15 LinkedIn tips to improve your job search

Rich Hein | Sept. 24, 2012
Using LinkedIn strategically can help give you an edge over your competition. But where do you start?

To grab the code necessary to do this, click on Profile and then Edit Profile. Now click on Edit in the same place as you did for your vanity URL.

How to setup a LinkedIn vanity URL

In the right hand navigation column, near the bottom, you'll see Profile Badges. Beneath that click the link, Create a profile badge. Here's an example:

LinkedIn Profile Badge

12. Include Relevant Data in the Experience Section

Recruiters and employers who view your profile are likely interested in your past work experience, so it's important that this section be up to date and informative. Add some layers to your experience by including more than just a job title and dates. Add a paragraph or two for each of your positions that highlight your responsibilities and achievements. Especially important here are prior responsibilities that are relevant to the job you are looking for. Highlight these or bring them to top of your paragraph.

13. Remove Unnecessary Information from Your Work History

Many technology professionals have had several jobs but they might not all be relevant to your current career goals. Scale back old positions that may not contribute to the role you are seeking. Don't remove them completely that could raise a red flag with employers by creating a gap in your work history. Simply limit them to company name and title.

14. Show Off Your Education or Awards

The education portion of your profile is in the left column beneath the Skills and Specialties section. This is the place where you will add all of your classes, bootcamps and seminars. Once you've located this section click the link entitled, Add a School, fill in the requested information and click Save Changes.

Outline in the Honors and Awards section any and all awards received or accommodations given. This section is also located in the left column, down the page beneath Education. Inside of the Additional Information section, you'll see a small area labeled Honors and Awards. Click the +Add link right next to it and add your honors and awards. When finished click Save Changes.

15. Share Your Work

Find a way to share your work inside your groups. Writers may want to add links to their articles; developers or IT managers may want to show how they handled a common problem or share links to different tools, information they discovered on relevant technologies or anything that they think might help or inform someone.

Using LinkedIn applications, you can share Powerpoint Presentations, store a copy of your resume that is downloadable and more. These can be located on the LinkedIn Applications page here.


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