LinkedIn Profiles … yours!

Time to move onForbes published an article entitled, 8 Mistakes You Should Never Make On LinkedIn.   Although it is possible to link all or at least several of your social media accounts, the central purpose of LinkedIn is designed for professional networking. Surely, you have been prompted to “Sign in using … a social network.” It may be easier to do this than remember a number of unique passwords.

Generally speaking, when to “sign in” with this method, contacts from all of your networks may see various notifications or other information about you. LinkedIn Career Expert, Nicole Williams said, “I see the same mistakes over and over!” We should be careful because these seemingly innocent acts or procedures could actually damage your career.

So, if you are seeking a new position or researching the job market, you should observe some basic techniques to avoid some known pitfalls. Four (4) of these considerations resonated with me, but you can read the original article here.

Here are my top four:

Professional PhotoUse an appropriate picture of yourself because, Williams says that,You’re seven times more likely to have your profile viewed and if your profile does not show a photo, the assumption is that something is wrong. Further, the photo should be clear and sharp. Your clothing should be appropriate as well. Since you are on a professional networking site, you attire should be all business.

Professional StatusYour LinkedIn status page is perfect place to update your network and others about your professional accomplishments and progress. These updates can vary, but include promotions you received, educational milestones, articles you have published, and other professional recognition that you have received. In my opinion, everyone on LinkedIn should update their profile when they have achieved any professional recognition or milestone. Don’t overlook any opportunity to demonstrate that you are active and engaged in your career or profession.

Privacy SettingsIf you are seeking to make a career change, you should review the privacy settings as an additional way to exercise discretion. If you are seeking a career change, there may be telltale signs, of which, you must be aware. In a physical sense, you have seen tell-tales such a too many dental appoints, a sudden and massively upgraded wardrobe or surreptitious phone calls taken or made in the “copy room.” Your settings can be adjusted to limit who can see your activity.

About SummaryThe summary is an excellent opportunity to provide anyone with your “30 second” elevator pitch. Even on a hard copy resume, the top summary may be the hook to get the hiring official to read the entire resume. I want to be clear that this is not a summary of your career objectives. You must provide a brief and broad-based summary of your skills, abilities and experience.


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James E. McClain is the author of Successful Career Development: A Game Plan, the book upon which some of our training programs are based. He has over 30 years' experience as a corporate HR executive, small business owner with ongoing experience in career development and as a college instructor. His educational background includes a B.S. and Masters degrees Education and Certification in Financial Planning. Our promise is that "you can pay more for training but you can not buy better training." The mission is to deliver the most effective and cost effective training and development programs.

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