Best Practices for Your LinkedIn Personal Page

Jan 5, 2015

Best Practices for Your LinkedIn Personal Page

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In a world where we meet new people every day, LinkedIn is a perfect example of the easiest, most professional way to connect with people you have previously met or will be meeting soon. LinkedIn is a great platform for you to present your best work, share your experiences and connect with people who have similar interests. Whether you are a college student looking for a job or a business owner building a network of professionals, LinkedIn is the first steps in the right direction.

Before you can take advantage of LinkedIn’s numerous resources, you need to make your account on LinkedIn the best that it can be. Read these best practices for your LinkedIn personal page for the best start to LinkedIn this year.

Best Practices for Your LinkedIn Personal Page

First and foremost, finish your profile.

The first rookie mistake is to publish an unfinished profile, especially without a photo. Don’t forget to keep your photo professional, but that means professional for your field. If you’re a graphic designer, your profile picture will look different from the company’s accountant.

Flesh out your profile with your latest work. Even if you finished your profile ages ago, it’s good practice to go back and update whenever it is needed.

Tip #2: Proof read, proof read, proof read. Step away from your page and then come back again to edit.

Build your network by connecting with your current contacts!

The best way to build your connections is to connect with people you already know, especially those whom you have helped in a professional setting. These connections can endorse you for your work in your particular field and help you to get noticed by others.

Join groups and follow companies that you’re interested in and observe what they are doing.

Get involved on LinkedIn. Create new relationships by joining in on discussions. Show that you’re active on the social platform. You never know when a new lead will contact you via LinkedIn…

See who is viewing your page.

You have a unique opportunity to see exactly who views your page. Tailor your page to focus on what will draw your audience to you.

Remember these best practices as you utilize LinkedIn in the coming months. Take the time to grow your personal brand.

What other best practices do you follow?