LinkedIn Tips to Keep Your Profile Fresh

No matter where you are in your career path, having an up-to-date LinkedIn Profile is a great starting point to setting you up for success, however you may define it. A few minutes is all you need to freshen up your profile to make sure you’re getting the most of out it. Here are a few easy ways  to get started: Stand out from the start When sprucing up your profile, take a moment to make sure you have the basics: Start with a profile photo so people can recognize you -- having a photo can lead...

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Looking for Your Next Job Opportunity? Get Found via LinkedIn Search

With more than 20 million professionals including recruiters, hiring managers and decision makers using LinkedIn search every week, making simple improvements to your profile can make the difference in being discovered for a new job or professional opportunity. That’s why today we’re announcing new search features that can help: Know how you’re being found in search on LinkedIn With our new Search Appearances feature which begins rolling out this week, you can now go to your LinkedIn Profile on...

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LinkedIn Profile Photo Tips: Introducing Photo Filters and Editing

Not only does your profile photo help you get recognized on LinkedIn, it can often help you connect to opportunity, whether that’s a new job or an invitation to speak at an industry event. Simply having a profile photo results in up to 21x more profile views and 9x more connection requests. While your photo is an important piece to getting you noticed, that doesn’t mean you need to hire a professional photographer. In fact, you probably already have a photo that can work perfectly for your...

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Student Job Seekers – Tips to Building the Perfect Profile

Between studying for exams, searching for jobs and figuring out your next step, being a student can be stressful. While adding one more thing to your to-do list can seem daunting, making your LinkedIn profile stand out is not only incredibly important to your professional brand and finding job opportunities, it’s also simple and can be done in minutes. Just how important is it? Well, 9 out of 10 recruiters use LinkedIn to find candidates, and 75% of hiring managers look at LinkedIn profiles...

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How To Update Your Profile and Apply For A Job, After You’ve Learned Top Skills

This past week, we shared the Top Skills of 2016 (aka the skills employers need most), and made 5,000+ LinkedIn Learning courses free for the Week of Learning. So you should be well on your way to learning the skills you need to get a better job. Once you learn the skills, what’s next? Good question! You’ll want to make sure you update your profile by adding the skills you’ve learned so you can get endorsed, appear higher in recruiter searches on LinkedIn, and apply for the jobs you’re now...

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Expert Tips for Making Skills on Your LinkedIn Profile Stand Out

We know how important it is to look your best professionally and be recognized for your skills, especially if you’re searching for a new job. An easy way to do this is making sure that your “Skills & Endorsements” are up to date on your LinkedIn Profile. Here are three tips for using LinkedIn to stand out: 1. Feature your strengths and your most in-demand skills Endorsements are a great way to get recognized for your skills and help build your professional reputation. We’ve been working to make...

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5 Steps to Improve your LinkedIn Profile in Minutes

The biggest challenge most of us face in today’s world is finding time. But making the time to ensure your professional story reflects your achievements and future goals is key to not missing your next opportunity.

With our mobile app, we have made it easier than ever to update your profile on the go. So whether you’re on the bus or the train, you can be more productive, and take control of your career.  By tapping on the “Me” tab you can add your recent skills, update your experience and even snap a picture and upload it while on the go. These are the some of the first things recruiters look for in your profile, and critical to connecting you to people, opportunities, and skills that can help build your career.

  1. Upload a photo

    Your photo is your virtual handshake, so upload a photo that aligns with your role as a professional, but that makes you approachable. Members who include a profile photo receive 21x more profile views and up to 36x more messages. Upload directly from your phone, but make sure it’s good quality and includes you only, not your pet or significant other. Being so strongly identified with your dog or your husband might not be appropriate unless you're a vet or a marriage counselor and that's part of your professional image.

2. List your current position

Make sure it’s up to date and includes your title, company name, and time period. Members with “up to date” positions are discovered up to 18x more in searches by members and recruiters. If you're currently in transition, rather than note unemployed you can add a title similar to what you want to pursue. For example, “marketing executive open to field marketing positions.” Also, show the year in the date field, so for example “2016 to present.” If you’re just entering the workforce then it is critical to include your education, which is not only important to potential employers but also it can also help reconnect you to alumni and to past school friends.

3. Maintain a list of relevant skills

Maintaining a relevant list of skills on your profile will help others understand your strengths and match you with the right opportunities. Depending on what stage you are in your career you should try to add at least 5 skills. Members with 5 or more skills listed are contacted (messaged) up to 33x more by recruiters and other LinkedIn members, and receive up to 17x more profile views. One tip, check your skills are listed in order of the strengths you want to be known for, and LinkedIn will do the rest by targeting endorsers for those top skills you’ve prioritized, and the more endorsements you have for your  skills the higher you rank in search results.

4. Add your location

More than 30% of recruiters will use advanced search based on location, so the more details you have the more likely you will be found and connected to your next opportunity. Also, former colleagues may want to reconnect if they have recently relocated or are travelling for work.

5. Summarize your experience and goals

While adding a summary can be daunting it’s your opportunity to tell a story of  who you are, your experience, the type of things you are interested in, and goals you would like to achieve. A summary of 40 words or more makes it more likely to show up in search, and consider calling out your specialities for keyword search. And, don’t be shy to add some personality -- nearly 40% of recruiters are looking for this.

Your profile is your professional profile of record and making small changes now to reflect the work you do will increase your visibility in your industry, and will give recruiters, potential clients or connections more insight into who you are and what you do. So let your profile go to work for you!

Job Seekers, Knowledge Is Power And So Is Your Network

Attention all job seekers: we’ve just added even more personalized insights to LinkedIn Jobs to highlight your key connections at a company and help you rise to the top of that stack of resumes.

In today’s world of ubiquitous online job postings, it’s no longer about finding jobs, but finding the right job and leveraging your competitive edge to land it, once you do. Do you have connections at the company? Does the company typically hire from your alma mater or current company? This is the type of insider intel that can make all the difference as you’re navigating your job search. With that in mind, we are saying goodbye to the static, one-dimensional jobs boards for good and continuing to build our new job seeking experience, which surfaces network-driven data to help you search and apply smarter.

Last December, we unveiled brand new insights on LinkedIn job postings, spotlighting your connections at a hiring company, the team you might work with if you get the job as well as the company’s growth and hiring trends. Today, we’re extending these types of insights across our Jobs ecosystem to ensure you’re seeing your “in” front and center as you search and browse job opportunities.

According to a 2015 LinkedIn survey, 40% of job changers were hired at a company where they had at least one connection. Now, at a glance, you can see how you are connected to a company including your connections as well as fellow school alumni and company alumni at the company.

We know the application process can, at times, feel like an opaque and mysterious undertaking. With our new Premium insights, we aim to bring more transparency to the process and empower you on your journey with two crucial recommendations personalized just to you: the jobs and companies where your competitive edge stands out most.

Know When You Have the Upper Hand. Now, when you open your LinkedIn Jobs homepage, we’ll recommend any jobs for which our data signals you’d be in the top 50% of applicants, based on the role and the experience and skills listed on your profile.

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Keep Your Eyes on the Prize. We will also highlight companies that are growing quickly for professions similar to yours based on company hiring trends over the past 12 months.

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Knowing a job’s description is no longer enough, you need competitive intel to ensure you’re standing out from what is typically a very crowded applicant pool. These new insights aim to help you do just that.  

We look forward to continuing this journey toward providing a first-of-its-kind experience for job seekers across the globe. Ultimately, we strive to serve as your personal job seeking concierge - surfacing and organizing the jobs, companies and other relevant information you need in order to find and land the job of your dreams.