Are You Missing Important Information on Your LinkedIn Profile?

I field lots of questions each week about LinkedIn, but one of the most-asked questions is:

What information should I include on my LinkedIn profile?

As a general rule, if your answer to any of these questions is "Yes," then you should include the information on your profile:
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  • Does putting this on my profile add to my story or increase my credibility?
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  • Does putting this on my profile make it easier for people to find me?
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  • If I do not put this on my profile and my competitors have it on their profiles, will I be at a competitive disadvantage?
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  • Does this information help people understand what I do and how I can help them?
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Other frequently asked profile questions

Here are some of the answers I typically give when asked specific questions about profile details.

Should I include my high school?

Yes, because people will find you when searching for your school, and people love doing business with fellow alumni.

Should I include an educational entry even if I didn't finish and get the degree I was aiming for?

Yes, as long as you are truthful and don't state that you completed the degree. Having that entry on your profile could help others find you in a search since you'll be one of the people who shows up in a search if someone uses the "Schools" filter or the Alumni search feature.

Should I include my Rotary Club membership (or similar civic type organizations)?

Yes, because people will find you when searching for other Rotarians, and people do like to do business with like-minded fellow club members. Also, others in the community will respect you for helping others.

Should I include the awards I won ten years ago at a prior job?

Yes, because awards enhance your credibility and add to your story even if they are unrelated to your current job duties.

Should I include specific industry training programs or courses?

Yes, because it will obviously enhance your credibility and increase your chances of being found when someone is searching for people with that specific type of training/course.

Should I include the certifications I hold?

Of course, because certifications are instant proof of credibility, and people will search for professionals with those credentials.

Should I include local groups or associations I currently belong to or have belonged to in the past?

Yes, you should. Because people like doing business with others who have the same interests and affiliations, including your groups and associations could open the door. This is also another way to enhance your credibility.

Should I include all the jobs I've ever had?

Of course, because when adding connections, many people look for people they've worked with in the past. This will obviously help your past colleagues find you. Also, your job experiences help you tell your story, and the information you share might be just what a viewer of your profile is looking for.

Bottom line:  If you've done it, you're proud of it, and you want the professional world to know about it, put it on your LinkedIn profile!

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This consultation will take place on the phone, and I'll share my desktop screen with you. I will perform a detailed critique of your profile and email your marked-up profile to you prior to our session. Click here to book your time.

Here are a few comments from my recent clients:

"Great job offer received via LinkedIn only two days after consulting with Wayne!"

"He made the learning experience fun, interesting, and was a big help to me. It has increased my exposure almost two-fold in a couple weeks."

"I highly recommend Wayne's 1:1 LinkedIn coaching session. Per Wayne's guidance, I reached out to the SVP of Client Success for a company I saw a suitable role. I used language Wayne provided in our 1:1 session to initiate the contact...Since then I've had an initial interview and interacted with the SVP multiple times."

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It’s Easy to Build a Targeted Prospect List on LinkedIn in 5 Minutes

It only takes about five minutes on LinkedIn to put together a perfect list of people you might want to meet—and you don't even need a premium membership to do it.

But I'm always amazed at just how many self-proclaimed experienced LinkedIn users do not know how to do this. Therefore, I'm going to show you just how simple it is to do it with the current free LinkedIn user interface.

At this time there are fourteen available filters (e.g., title, locations, current and past companies) when using LinkedIn on your desktop and seven available filters when you're using the LinkedIn mobile app. These will help you quickly narrow down the 600+ million person LinkedIn database to the exact right list for you.
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Building a highly targeted LinkedIn prospect list

Whether you're looking for new customers, donors for your nonprofit, or a great new job, these simple steps will help you build the perfect list of prospects to reach your personal or professional goals.

1. Put your cursor in your top toolbar search box and select Search for People when the drop-down menu appears.

2. Click the words All Filters in the white toolbar that appears below your top toolbar.

3. Put the words you'd like to search for in the appropriate filter boxes or check the box if your desired word(s) already appears under a filter category. Use LinkedIn's Boolean search rules so you get the best possible list. For instance, if you search for executive vice-president, you'll get people who have executive and/or vice-president on their profile. If you search for "executive vice-president" (with quotation marks), you'll get only people who have executive vice-president on their profile. When you've entered all your words and checked any applicable boxes, click the blue Apply button.

For example, if I am looking for people who work at Harley-Davidson with a current title that includes the word purchasing or sourcing, my entries would look like this.

LinkedIn then gives me a list of 78 people who meet those search criteria. Everyone who does this search exactly as I've done it will get a list of 78 people, but the order of the list (LinkedIn calls this relevancy to the searcher) and access to full profiles (currently you can view the profiles of 1st degree, 2nd degree, 3rd degree and fellow LinkedIn group members) will be different for each person who performs the search.

Getting your perfect list is just that simple and only takes about five minutes, but what should you do next? Check out my recent article How to Improve Your Chances of Getting a Response on LinkedIn to learn tips and tricks for capitalizing on the list you receive.

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LinkedIn Tips for the Discreet Job Seeker

Are you stuck in a dead-end job? Not making the money you deserve? Just need a change but afraid your boss will find out if you start looking for a new job? LinkedIn to the rescue!

Obviously, you don’t want to use words like seeking, pursuing or looking in your LinkedIn profile—that’s the quickest way to the unemployment line. But sprucing up your profile, joining the right groups, and “following” companies you’d like to work for are a few of the easy steps you can take when looking for a new job “under the radar.”
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Spruce up your profile

If you have used your LinkedIn account sparingly and all of a sudden there’s a flurry of activity, this might be a red flag to your boss. Therefore, if you plan to make edits to your profile, be sure that the Share with network button is toggled over to "No" to turn off the notifications to your network about the profile changes you are making.

Keywords. Use plenty of the keywords hiring managers and recruiters might use to find people with your specialties and skills (e.g., job duties, titles, industry certifications, software expertise, etc).

For help on this, download my worksheet Keywords: The Key to Being Found on LinkedIn from the free resources page of my website.

Summary. This is tricky. You need to look like a happy employee while at the same time touting your expertise and accomplishments. Keywords are definitely important. For example, “Johnson Company always puts the customer first, and my attention to detail and ability to provide excellent customer service make me a good fit at Johnson.”

Experience. Include a detailed description of your accomplishments for every job entry you include in this section. You’re trying to differentiate yourself from other job applicants, so don’t skimp here.

Headline. You only get one shot at a first impression. Make it a good one. It’s short—only 120 characters on the desktop—so you’ll need to be creative. But if you input this section using your LinkedIn mobile app, then you get 220 characters. A note of caution: Most people can use this trick, but occasionally people find that LinkedIn won't let them do this. I hope you're one of the lucky ones! Also, be sure to include your best keywords.

For additional help on this critical section of your profile, download my free worksheet The Definitive Worksheet to Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile Headline on the free resources page of my website.

Skills. LinkedIn members will give you endorsements for your skills, and you’ll want to focus on including the skills you hope to use in your new job.

Accomplishments special profile sections. Options include Publications, Certifications, Patents, Courses, Projects, Honors & Awards, Test Scores, Languages, and Organizations. These are a terrific way to impress readers of your profile and differentiate yourself from other candidates.

Education. In addition to your general educational background, include any specialized courses you’ve completed. Describe them in detail and use lots of keywords.

Recommendations. Outside corroboration of the information on your profile is extremely important. Your two most recent recommendations will be prominently displayed on your profile, so try to get at least two current, impactful recommendations. You probably don’t want to ask your boss for a recommendation, but customers, vendors, and college professors (for recent grads) are great options.
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Be proactive

Once your profile is in tip-top shape, you’re ready to start actively looking for a job.

Jobs Tab. Be sure to set your career interest preferences. Also, use the job search function here to laser focus your search for job postings that fit your desired positions. You can set up to ten job search alerts. It’s like having a 24/7 virtual assistant. LinkedIn will alert you when jobs are posted that meet your criteria.

Create search alerts. With a free LinkedIn account, you can create up to three Advanced People Search alerts. Use these for your target companies—the places you’d most like to work.

Groups. Join industry groups, and check each group’s Jobs tab for job postings. If you join job-hunting groups, don’t post discussions or show the group logo on your profile. Do participate in industry groups and demonstrate your thought leadership.

Alumni. Access this by clicking the name of one of the schools you attended on your profile. Then click the blue See alumni button from that university's LinkedIn page. Use the available filters to find out if any fellow alumni work at the companies where you're interested in exploring a new opportunity. This is a great way to get the inside scoop on jobs posted and not yet posted.

“Follow” companies. Go to the company page of your target companies and “follow” them. You'll then be notified of job postings and employment changes at the company.

If you follow this advice, HR professionals and recruiters will start discovering your profile. But don’t just sit around and wait for a job offer. Be an active part of the almost 600 million member LinkedIn community, and before you know it you’ll have landed the job of your dreams.

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Is LinkedIn Actually Hurting Your Chances for New Relationships?

Even though LinkedIn seems to have eliminated the silly default message that was sent when you invited someone to join your network, they may have made matters worse by now including no message at all in your invitation unless you choose to include a custom message.

If you send LinkedIn's basic invitation to join your network, you'll be lowering the chances of having your invitation accepted. You are trying to encourage important professionals to become part of your valuable first-degree network; so show them some respect by including a personalized message, and they'll be more likely to accept your invitation.
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How do you make a five-star connection request?

LinkedIn has a 300-character limit, so it takes a little creativity, but follow these simple suggestions, and you'll be on your way to developing a powerful network of dynamic business professionals.

1.  Use the person's name in your greeting.

2.  Mention where you met him/her (in person, on the phone, online) and/or which mutual friend of yours suggested you connect (with advance permission, of course).

3.  Suggest a face-to-face or phone meeting if you want to develop a deeper relationship with the person.

4.  Offer something of value based on your review of the person's profile or your personal knowledge of the individual.

5.  Explain how you can help the person or how he/she could help you.

6.  Help the person feel good about the connection. I usually say, "I would be honored to have you join my LinkedIn network."

7.  Include a friendly closing statement. "Sincerely" is a little bit stiff in most circumstances. For instance, I might say "Go Pack Go" to a fellow Wisconsinite.

Of course, you won't be able to include all seven suggestions in every invitation, but choose the most relevant ones in each situation.
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What does a five-star connection request look like?

Here are a couple examples of well-written invitations to connect:

Jim Smith, a client for over 15 years, suggested that we connect. He said you might be interested in having a chat about how I can help your company maximize its use of LinkedIn. If that’s the case, let me know. In the meantime, I'd be honored to have you join my network.

I noticed from your profile that you attended Marquette [or are a member of a group, used to work at a particular company, etc.].  I am also an MU alum.  Based on your job responsibilities, I thought you might be interested in having a chat about voluntary benefits for your employees. If that’s the case, let me know. In the meantime, I would be honored to have you join my network.

Don't let LinkedIn hurt your chances for building new relationships. Avoid their basic invitation. Instead, follow the simple suggestions outlined above, and more people will say "yes" to your invitations.

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How to Improve Your Chances of Getting a Response on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is always the best research tool to find the right people, but it may not always be the best tool for communicating with them.

I confidently share this statement with most of my audiences, and here's why.

Most people have a LinkedIn profile by now, and we can find those pretty easily. But based on user statistics that LinkedIn used to share often (but haven't shared since their purchase by Microsoft) and also reports from others who track actual usage of social media sites, the majority of people who have profiles don't access the site monthly—yes, that's right, not even monthly.

Thus, you need to think about your options (on and off of LinkedIn) for taking the next step and communicating with someone in your target audience who has a LinkedIn profile. You'll need to decide which option is most appropriate for your situation and whether the person's profile tips you off to whether that person is on LinkedIn consistently (profile photo, number of connections, complete profile, posting information, etc.) or may not even remember his/her password.
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LinkedIn communication options

Send a direct message. This option is available to you if you're already connected or if you're in a group with the person you want to contact. LinkedIn lets you send an unlimited number of direct messages to your current connections and 15 direct messages per month to fellow group members.

(Note: LinkedIn users can change their settings so no one can direct message them in the group, but it is not the default, so you can usually do this.)

To message a connection, just go to the person's profile and click the Message button.

To message a person within a group, click the Groups icon in your Work tab in the top toolbar, and then click My Groups and pick the group to which you both belong. Click # members, and enter the person’s name in the Find a member... box. When the person’s entry comes up, click the Message icon to the right of his/her name and type in your message.

Send an InMail. InMails are direct messages to people you're not connected to. This option is only available to premium LinkedIn members. When you're on the person's profile, simply click the More button (2nd degree) or the three dot icon (3rd degree), and then select InMail from the drop-down choices.

As a premium member, you get a specific number of InMails each month as part of your premium membership. You can purchase additional InMails at $10 each.

If someone responds to your InMail within 90 days, you get a credit from LinkedIn for another InMail. In other words, LinkedIn gives you credit for sending InMails to people who are more apt to respond. This helps control spamming.

LinkedIn power user tip: If you want to message someone who isn't one of your first-level connections, join one of the person's groups, and go through the steps outlined above. This will save you $10 or one of your allotted InMails.

Get introduced through a connection. This step not only enables you to have your first-level connection introduce you to your target but also gives your connection the opportunity to write something nice about you, your services, or the products you offer.

Although LinkedIn's official Introduction feature was eliminated several years ago, you can still forward to one of your first-level connections the profile of a person you're interested in getting introduced to. Simply go to your target's profile, click the More... icon, and select Share Profile. Then put your connection's name in the Type a name or multiple names... box and enter the details of your request in the message box, which now has been populated with a link to your target's profile.

Include your message in an invitation to connect. If the person is someone you want in your network, this is probably the best option, because if the person accepts your connection request, you can direct message him/her forever, assuming (s)he doesn't disconnect from you.

Because it's advantageous to customize your invitation, go to the person's profile. For 2nd degree LinkedIn members, click the big blue Connect button. For 3rd degree members, click the three dot button and choose Connect from the drop-down menu. If you don't see either of these options, the person may have changed his/her setting and will not accept invitations. Once you click Connect, select the Add a note button and craft your best 300 character invitation to that person.
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Non-LinkedIn communication options

Call the company and ask for the person. Duh! Believe it or not, this still works with some people, especially with people who grew up using the phone as a phone 😉

Send an email. Some people provide their email address on their profile or you can use any one of the many internet tools for tracking down emails—or now that you know where the person works, check out the email format the company follows and take a guess at the person's email address.

Send the person something by snail mail. Since the dawn of email, most of us receive less physical mail. Personally, this causes me to open most of the snail mail I receive. An envelope with a handwritten address is even more likely to be opened.

Stop at the person's place of business and drop off some goodies. This will surely surprise the person. When I worked at M&M Office Interiors, we would drop off a bag of plain or peanut M&M’s.

LinkedIn is a great tool for researching and finding people and also communicating with them, but sometimes the best communication method might be one of the traditional methods.

Good luck engaging with the important people you find on LinkedIn!

 

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Want to Know How to Plan a More Productive Trip Using LinkedIn?

It's summertime, and that usually means you hit the open road and do a bit of traveling. Whether it's travel for fun, work, or maybe a little of both, you want to make sure you get the best bang for your travel buck. For me, that means trying to spend time with as many important people as I can fit into my schedule.

LinkedIn has some great ways to help you find those potential candidates who just might make a big difference down the road.

So grab your itinerary, your map, your calendar, and your LinkedIn account, and let’s go searching.


Find your connections

Click your cursor in the big, white search box in your top toolbar. From the drop-down menu, choose Search for People. Then click the words All Filters in the white filters toolbar. Next, click the 1st box in the Connections filter and also enter the largest city you will be traveling to in the Locations box. When the city shows up in the drop-down menu, choose that entry. Then click the blue Apply button.

LinkedIn will display all of your first-level connections in that city or area. You can then message these people through LinkedIn and let them know you'd like to make a real, old-school connection with them on your upcoming trip.


Find your connections' connections

These are your second-level connections, and this step requires a little help in the form of an introduction from your friends (i.e., your first-degree connections). However, many times this introduction is exactly what makes the meeting so effective.

Follow the same steps as mentioned above, but this time click the 2nd box in the Connections filter. Before you click the blue Apply button, you may want to filter this list further by using the additional search filter boxes like TitleCurrent companies, Past companies, etc. This will help you find exactly the right people.

Once LinkedIn serves you up this list of “friends of friends,” look through the profiles and decide whom you want to meet. Then contact your shared connection and ask whether he/she will virtually introduce you to this person prior to your trip. Once you've been introduced, you're on your way to starting what will hopefully be a mutually beneficial relationship.


Find your classmates

Type the name of the school you attended in the white search box in the top toolbar. When you click the name of the school from the drop-down list of results, you'll be forwarded to the school's University page. Click the blue See Alumni button. Then go to the Where they live column and either click the name of the city you're visiting or type the name of the city in the search box that appears when you click the magnifying glass.

You can narrow the list even further if you filter by the company they work at, date of attendance, year of graduation, or what they do.


Find people at your targeted companies

In the white search box in the top toolbar, type the name of a company you're interested in. Choose that company from the drop-down results, and you'll be forwarded to their Company page.

If you click the See all XXX Employees on LinkedIn, you'll be forwarded to the Advanced People Search page, which is a listing of all the employees. Type the large cities you'll be visiting in the Locations filter box, and choose the city from the drop-down search results. LinkedIn will then display all the employees at the company who have LinkedIn accounts and live in that city. Feel free to use additional filters for titles, schools, etc.

After doing all this work, you may need to extend your trip a day or two!

Happy travels!

If you want to learn more LinkedIn strategies like these and also have your LinkedIn profile critiqued by me, then take advantage of my special one-hour, $175 LinkedIn consultation. This consultation will take place on the phone, and I'll share my desktop screen with you. I will email your marked-up profile to you prior to our session. This offer is only good until July 31, 2018. Click here to book your session.

Here are a few comments from my recent clients:

"Great job offer received via LinkedIn only two days after consulting with Wayne!"

"I highly recommend Wayne's 1:1 Linked In coaching session. Per Wayne's guidance, I reached out to the SVP of Client Success for a company I saw a suitable role. I used language Wayne provided in our 1:1 session to initiate the contact...Since then I've had an initial interview and interacted with the SVP multiple times."

"He made the learning experience fun, interesting, and was a big help to me. It has increased my exposure almost two-fold in a couple weeks."

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Simple Ways to Influence Your LinkedIn Network

It's nearly impossible to become an official LinkedIn Influencerbut there are some simple steps you can take to influence your specific network of connections and followers.

Gwen Moran thoroughly addresses how to do this in her recent Fast Company magazine article "How to Become a LinkedIn Influencer." I was honored to be a contributor to her article, and so I'd like to share it with you here.

Click here to read the article.

Enjoy!

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Here are a few comments from my recent clients:

"Great job offer received via LinkedIn only two days after consulting with Wayne!"

"I highly recommend Wayne's 1:1 Linked In coaching session. Per Wayne's guidance, I reached out to the SVP of Client Success for a company I saw a suitable role. I used language Wayne provided in our 1:1 session to initiate the contact...Since then I've had an initial interview and interacted with the SVP multiple times."

"He made the learning experience fun, interesting, and was a big help to me. It has increased my exposure almost two-fold in a couple weeks."

Don't miss your chance to get results like these. Book your time now by clicking here. Space is limited.

 

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So You Viewed My LinkedIn Profile…Now What?

After someone looks at your LinkedIn profile, you'd probably like them to call you, email you, or send you a LinkedIn connection request, right?

But what if the reader is not quite ready to take that big step? What if he needs more information about you, your company, or your products/services before he picks up the phone or reaches out to you with an email?

This is where calls to action (CTAs) come in. What is a CTA? Wikipedia says this:

"A call to action, or CTA, is a term used to describe a banner, button, or some type of graphic or text...meant to prompt a user to click it and continue down a conversion funnel."

Hubspot, one of the world's leaders in designing websites that concentrate on lead generation and inbound marketing, says:

"Calls to action (CTAs) are one of the key lead generation elements, and they should be used in each and every one of your marketing tactics: emails, social media updates, press releases, trade shows..."
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What actions might you call people to take?

There are lots of possibilities, depending on your business purpose, but here are a few examples:
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  • Download an informational document
  • Watch a video or listen to a podcast
  • Download your resume
  • Go to your website
  • Read your blog
  • Read a product review
  • Request a quote
  • Pick up the phone and call you
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How can you incorporate calls to action in your LinkedIn profile?

Your LinkedIn profile needs to have several CTAs to help move your reader down the conversion funnel and closer to that all-important step of contacting you. And if you have a company page, you'll want to put CTAs there as well.

The best sections on your profile to include your CTAs are:
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  • Headline
  • Summary
  • Job Experience
  • Contact Info
  • Status Updates
  • Projects
  • Publications
  • Long-form published posts

Here are examples of CTAs I've included in the Summary section of my profile using the LinkedIn add media feature. If they click on these two videos, they'll get some free information and also see what a great resource I can be to help them with LinkedIn—which hopefully prompts them to contact me.

Here is another example but this time from one of my Job Experience entries. I give people a couple easy ways to contact me.

Other great places to include CTAs on your profile include the websites listing in your Contact Info section as well as the Publications and Projects sections in your Accomplishments section. To see examples of these, check out my full LinkedIn profile.

Why not add some calls to action to your LinkedIn profile today, and hopefully your phone will start ringing just like mine.
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This consultation will take place on the phone, and I'll share my desktop screen with you. I will perform a detailed critique of your profile and email your marked-up profile to you prior to our session. Click here to book your time.

Here are a few comments from my recent clients:

"Great job offer received via LinkedIn only two days after consulting with Wayne!"

"He made the learning experience fun, interesting, and was a big help to me. It has increased my exposure almost two-fold in a couple weeks."

"I highly recommend Wayne's 1:1 Linked In coaching session. Per Wayne's guidance, I reached out to the SVP of Client Success for a company I saw a suitable role. I used language Wayne provided in our 1:1 session to initiate the contact...Since then I've had an initial interview and interacted with the SVP multiple times."

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How Do You Know What to Put on Your LinkedIn Profile?

Should I put [fill in the blank] on my LinkedIn profile?

I'm asked this question several times each week. I always answer I don't know, which usually comes as a surprise to them and probably to you as well. After all, I'm the expert!

What I really mean is I can't answer that confidently until I understand what someone plans to accomplish on LinkedIn.

If you're unsure about whether you should put something on your profile, I suggest you start by asking yourself three questions:

Would putting this on my profile:
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  • help people find me?
  • improve their perception of me and my brand?
  • help them understand what I do and how I can help them?

If your answer to any of these questions is "Yes," then I suggest you put it on your profile.

Let's look at the three questions more closely.
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Help people find me

Trust me on this one. Connections are the gas in the tank on LinkedIn, especially if the connections are strategic (for example, customers, potential customers, influencers of Gas Pricesyour customers, people at organizations where you want to work, etc.). You want people to find and connect with you.

For example, on my profile, I list my first job out of college, Arthur Andersen & Co. This entry helps people from the "good old days" find me—and they just might need some LinkedIn training or consulting at their company.
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Improve their perception of me and my brand

People are using LinkedIn to size you up. Entries that display your expertise, emphasize your integrity, and show your creativity will cause people to like and trust you. Hopefully this leads to more connections and more business.

The Arthur Andersen entry also applies here, because most experienced business people around my part of the country recognize that if AA&Co. hired you right out of college, you are probably a really smart person.

So, even though I didn't have a 3.9+ GPA, like most students they hired, people assume I'm in that group, and it gives me positive branding kudos. (FYI, I had a 3.4, but I could interview with the best of them!)
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Help them understand what I do and how I can help them

After all, if your profile doesn't get this done, why are you on LinkedIn anyway?

Professionally, I do speaking and consulting. Here's one of the ways I promote my speaking business:

I am consistently asked to speak at Executive Agenda (EA), YPO, Vistage and TEC meetings as well as CEO Roundtables and Renaissance Forums (REF), where my 35+ years of experience as a business owner and manager enables me to help my peers understand how social media can benefit their companies.

Personally, I am involved with some awesome nonprofit groups. Including them in my LinkedIn profile helps me spread the word about the great things they're doing. By including links to their websites, I am encouraging others to get involved, too.

You can look at my profile to see several examples of this, both in the Experience section and the Volunteer Experience section.

I hope you're now equipped and motivated to beef up your LinkedIn profile.

If you want me to perform a detailed critique of your profile and help you develop strategies to skyrocket your business and career, then take advantage of my special $175 LinkedIn consultation. This consultation will take place on the phone, and I'll share my desktop screen with you. I will email your marked-up profile to you prior to our session. Click here to book your time.

Here are a few comments from my recent clients:

"Great job offer received via LinkedIn only two days after consulting with Wayne!"

"I highly recommend Wayne's 1:1 Linked In coaching session. Per Wayne's guidance, I reached out to the SVP of Client Success for a company I saw a suitable role. I used language Wayne provided in our 1:1 session to initiate the contact...Since then I've had an initial interview and interacted with the SVP multiple times."

"He made the learning experience fun, interesting, and was a big help to me. It has increased my exposure almost two-fold in a couple weeks."

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What Does Your Social Proof Look Like on LinkedIn?

I'm pretty sure that sometime in the last week or so you checked the ratings of a specific product and/or researched what others said about something you wanted to purchase. What others are saying is called social proof.

Whether it's a hamburger, a computer, or even a new accountant, we are all looking for information (including social proof) to help us make our decisions.

Here's how Hubspot defines social proof:

Social proof, also referred to as "informational social influence," is the concept that people will conform to the actions of others under the assumption that those actions are reflective of the correct behavior. In other words, it's the mentality that, if other people are doing it, and I trust those people, that's validation that I should also be doing it. This third-party validation can be a very powerful motivator for your site visitors' and prospects' actions.  - Hubspot blog 4/17/12


How's Your Social Proof

Is your social proof helping or hurting you or is it simply absent on most of your online addresses (website, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.)? Do you have a 4.7/5.0 rating like your favorite restaurant on Yelp or Trip Advisor?

Even though it might not be quite as easy for you as an individual to accumulate a rating, there are specific things you can do to improve your social proof on LinkedIn.

I'm not just referring to the obvious LinkedIn sections—Recommendations and Skills and the Endorsements that attach to them. These are very important places to show social proof, but there are some other great ways to share positive ratings and reviews about you and your company.


Easy Ways to Share Your Social Proof

These LinkedIn profile sections and activities can help you highlight and share your social proof:

Add Media. There are lots of ways to use this add-on to your Summary, Job Experience or Educational sections. You can share video testimonials, traditional written customer recommendations, case studies, and success stories.

Projects. This is a good spot to include case studies or success stories, and you can link to web pages that include more details. You can also identify other LinkedIn members who were involved in a project and include a link to their LinkedIn profiles.

Individual or company status updates. Periodically share links in your status updates to case studies, success stories, and articles that highlight your capabilities.

Published Post. You can display a long-form article, including an embedded video. This is perfect for highlighting customer testimonials and case studies. These will permanently show up near the top of your profile.

Honors & Awards. If you've got them, flaunt them.

Current Job Experience section. Extract a short quote from a recommendation and highlight awards you've received.

Publications. Link to articles on your website or other sources that display your experience or awards and honors.

Certifications. These are great social proof because others (certifying organizations) are saying you met a certain level of proficiency.

So why not get busy and take advantage of these opportunities. It just may get you to that 4.7/5.0 score—or, better yet, how about a phone call or email from that sought-after prospect.

If you want me to check out the social proof on your profile as part of my full profile critique and also help you develop strategies to skyrocket your business and career, then take advantage of my special one-hour $175 LinkedIn consultation. This consultation will take place on the phone, and I'll share my desktop screen with you. I will email your marked-up profile to you prior to our session. Click here to book your session.

Here are a few comments from my recent clients:

"Great job offer received via LinkedIn only two days after consulting with Wayne!"

"I highly recommend Wayne's 1:1 Linked In coaching session. Per Wayne's guidance, I reached out to the SVP of Client Success for a company I saw a suitable role. I used language Wayne provided in our 1:1 session to initiate the contact...Since then I've had an initial interview and interacted with the SVP multiple times."

"He made the learning experience fun, interesting, and was a big help to me. It has increased my exposure almost two-fold in a couple weeks."

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