Hi Fabulous Working Females! This week, I want to talk about LinkedIn, and the importance of this website when it comes to your career.
If you’re reading this, it’s not too late to build your LinkedIn Profile!
It is no secret that we are living in a world revolved around digital/social media. Most of us spend a lot of time on various social media sites to stay up to date in our social lives via apps/sites like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, the list goes on. Think about how often you utilize these social media pages on a daily basis, and start incorporating LinkedIn into one of those apps you check frequently to help build your professional profile, and read up on industry knowledge.
LinkedIn is a social media site built around your professional network and career. This is a site we should be utilizing just as often as the ones we use for social interaction. LinkedIn allows you to build a page all about YOU and YOUR PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS! Again, living in a world that is so heavily involved in online presence LINKEDIN IS IMPORTANT TO YOUR CAREER!
This week, we will get into the basics of LinkedIn. I will be posting part two next week on the nitty-gritty.
As we “friend request” people we have met in social settings on Facebook, LinkedIn allows you to connect with peers in your professional network. Add your former and current co-workers, add your former and current bosses, add those that you interview with. Building your professional network and online connections is important in staying touch with people you have crossed paths with in your professional career. In addition, you never know who may reach out to you again in the future after coming across your page.
In my opinion, your profile photo on LinkedIn should display your most professional photo. If you don’t have a headshot, that’s ok! Have your friend take a photo of you against a white wall, or a plain background-our smartphones can make photos look very similar to professional headshots! Try to steer clear of your typical photo of you from a night out. Think about how you look on an interview-display a photo that represents your professionalism.
Basic Profile Information:
LinkedIn can be overwhelming, and won’t happen overnight in creating your master page. Once you add a photo, start to add connections, you can start to build out your page. In the beginning, mirror your resume. Adding your job experience, your education background, and the skills you have listed on your resume is a great place to start. Once you have done that, your profile is presentable for public view, and has the basics incorporated.
That’s all for now, FWF’s! Next week, we will dive into how to take your LinkedIn to the next level. If you are reading this, take a moment to look at your LinkedIn, and make some updates if anything has changed! If you’re just starting, this may be a helpful guide in getting started. I look forward to hopefully helping you take your professional online network to a fabulous place.