10 tips for a successful LinkedIn profile

Writen by: 
Nastasya Gaydarska

In the age of social media, everything in our daily lives happens online. This includes, of course, job search. Many recruiters use LinkedIn to connect with qualified personnel who would otherwise be difficult to find by chance.
Today we will share some tips for improving your LinkedIn profile to shine in front of your next employer.

1. Profile photo and cover
Let's start with the part that first comes to mind when someone visits your profile, namely the photo. When using images in your profile for photo and cover, the most important thing is that they are clear and of high quality. Choose the right profile photo, and it is extremely important that it is representative, preferably on a clean background. Selfie photos do not look professional.
Cover - Again, it is important to be of high quality, and there is no need to put a personal photo. As an idea, we can let you use an image related to the technology or industry in which you work.

2. Title
You use the headline not just for your position, but to describe yourself and your professional attitude. If you had to introduce yourself in one sentence, what would it be? How do you contribute to your work? What are your strong professional qualities? What problem are you solving?

3. For you
Introduce yourself first. Tell in no more than 2-3 sentences who you are as a person, your story, what are your strengths and achievements. Continue with your professional experience and most of all, what kind of development are you looking for. Do not overdo the facts about your personal life, write what would intrigue employers.

4. Experience
Add the positions you have worked on. Write down the specific positions you have held and your jobs. Add their duration and whether they were full-time or part-time.
Under each position add 2-3 sentences describing its functions. What do you do? What technologies do you mainly work with?
Example: If you work as a Java Developer, write this position, avoid common names such as Software Developer (unless this is your position). Be specific.

5. Education
Add your education as well as its duration. Do not neglect the courses or additional trainings you have taken.

6. Increase your network
Contact new people, strangers, in the field in which you work. This is your chance to reach the most potential employers, business partners or recruiters.
Participating in groups - It is still important to join and be active in groups. Not only will this look good for potential employers or customers looking for you, but it will actually mean that your profile is 5 times more likely to be seen.

7. Technology and soft skills
Never use a long list of technologies, skills, etc. Determine which technologies and programs you work with the most and add most of them. You can continue to add the soft skills you have that are important in a professional work environment.

8. Interests
Add your interests. Companies you like, groups you follow and people you admire. This helps you find people with similar interests.

9. Projects
Add your projects. If you are currently or in the past working on side projects, take advantage of this option and enter them.

10. Recommendations
A big plus of the network, which you can take advantage of. If you have recommendations from former, current colleagues or employers, ask them to add them. This presents you as a person and a professional from the point of view of the people you work with.

You already know what employers and recruiters are looking for in your LinkedIn profile. Are you missing any of the above points? If yes, it's time to update your information and look forward to your new connections!