Your LinkedIn profile is your professional brand and gives you the opportunity to highlight the best impression of yourself online. Your LinkedIn profile also shows the extent to which you allow your current role to influence your brand.
The way in which you choose to highlight your professional duties and accomplishments offers recruiters the opportunity to estimate how you would set priorities in a new position. Every decision you make and every sentence you write should be made with consideration in mind.
Crafting a good headline goes a long way in giving an excellent first impression. If you don’t, LinkedIn will use your current job title as your headline. That’s a little boring, and it puts you in the commodity category, preventing you from showing what set you apart from everyone else who does what you do.
You will not get a job from LinkedIn (or at least have a much harder time at it) if you’re:
1. Lazy with your about me section.
2. Have a creepy, unprofessional or otherwise bad profile picture.
3. Don’t have any connections.
4. Have no recent employment history, school history or history of any kind
5. You spend all day commenting and engaging on LinkedIn. It gets worse, when you are negative. Look, you’re suppose to be looking for a job. No one will take you seriously, if you’re talking about cats or politics all day. People see your activity.
6. Bad grammar or too much peacocking.
Looking being unemployed and looking for a job sucks. It can be stressful as hell. Don’t make it worse on yourself by making it harder for someone to justify hiring you.
Think about what potential employers or coworkers will think when they’re looking at your profile and recent activity.