LinkedIn is the best place for business professionals to post information about themselves, regardless of your discipline. As a business professional, regardless of what your function is, you need to be findable to those in your field.
And to be findable among 300 million other professionals will take some hard work – but it is doable.
A good to great profile can make the difference between you getting your next client, consulting agreement or that elusive speaking gig. This is the place where you need to define and discuss the value you bring to your profession without hyperbole.
To become more findable by those who need your expertise, you need to address the top elements of your LinkedIn profile, in order of importance.
Top 5 Elements of Your LinkedIn Profile
This is the first thing people gravitate to as we are all visual beings. A professional looking photo of you smiling is usually best.
Nobody needs to see your boat, your dog or your family – just you.
This is the tag line under your name and it is valuable real estate. The default mode is your current title.
A good tag line gets people to read your LinkedIn profile, just like a good email subject line gets people to read your email.
This is your name. We have all seen people with email addresses, professional designations and more in the name field.
Use your name – just your name. Anything else is clutter.
View this as your first conversation with your LinkedIn profile visitor. Make it an interesting conversation and talk about what you bring to the market.
The specialties (2nd part of the summary) is where you enumerate each of your skills. Use the jargon of your particular industry, that’s what people search on. There were 5.7 billion searches done on LinkedIn in 2012.
This is where you highlight your talent and expertise. Tell people what you do, what you’ve done, and what your small business does – make it interesting.
There are several other facets to your LinkedIn profile, but these are the biggies. Do these right and you will start attracting attention from the people you want attention from.
Your LinkedIn profile is always a work in progress. Check out OPP (other people’s profiles) and get some ideas on how to improve yours.
Remember, a good to great profile can make the difference between you and your next client, consulting agreement or that elusive speaking gig.
A bad profile is the difference between your next piece of work – and staying at home, watching daytime TV.
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