Are you driven? Creative? Responsible? Bad news – so is everyone else!
LinkedIn just announced their annual list of the most overused, underwhelming buzzwords and phrases of LinkedIn profiles of 2014. Do any of these buzzwords appear on your profile?
The new year is the perfect time to breathe new life into your LinkedIn profile. Banish these boring LinkedIn buzzwords and update your profile with these easy steps:
When was the last time you reviewed your LinkedIn summary? Do you even have one? A LinkedIn summary is one of the most valuable pieces of real estate when it comes to showcasing yourself and your abilities on LinkedIn. It’s the first impression for many recruiters, potential clients and other professionals.
Business Insider says that a killer LinkedIn summary has the following characteristics:
Yes, you want to align your message with your key goals and yes, LinkedIn is a professional platform. But remember that your entire LinkedIn profile is a marketing document, showcasing your professional strengths and talents. Don’t be afraid to add some engaging and conversational text to make your profile stand out.
Smart phones have allowed us to take the job search on the go. Instead of job searching at home, people are doing so while standing in line at the grocery or while out eating lunch. Companies, like PepsiCo, have rolled out brand new mobile-friendly career sites that allow job hopefuls to apply to their jobs straight from their phone. If you’re not making your smart phone work for you during your job hunt, you may be missing out.
These mobile apps for your job search can help you stay on top of your hunt:
Just because you have created a LinkedIn profile doesn’t guarantee that recruiters are going to find you. In order to land your dream job, you need to actually do something with your LinkedIn account. Below are a few LinkedIn reminders for job seekers from YouTern:
After you’ve spent some time optimizing your LinkedIn profile to land your dream job, connect with me on LinkedIn.
LinkedIn studied job seekers who successfully found a job within three months and how they use LinkedIn. Below are tips to get the most out of LinkedIn for your job hunt:
When was the last time you evaluated your LinkedIn profile? You don’t need to do a full analysis, just a quick check up to see if all of the important information is there. If you have 10 minutes to spare then you’ve got time for a LinkedIn profile makeover.
LinkedIn is important to career management these days so take a few minutes to freshen your LinkedIn profile. You can see more tips on updating your profile here.
Why start a blog? Blogging gives you the opportunity to write about a sector, interview industry experts, attend conferences in your field, define and redefine your point of view to get the attention of those in your chosen field who may want to hire you.
Below are blogging best practices from Forbes:
First Have a Goal
Your blog can be anything you want. But to make it work for you, you should first have a goal, says John Rampton, founder of Blogging.org and PPC.org. Rampton said it’s important to figure out what you want your blog to do, and to figure out the topics and, importantly, the keywords, to use in your posts.
What’s Your Business Model?
According to social media consultant Jay Baer, you also need to figure out your business model before you start. Do you want your blog to drive consulting work, do you want to get paid for blogging, do you want to get a job out of it? Baer suggests bloggers sharpen their focus by identifying the audience they’re targeting and the questions that audience has so they can provide the right answers.
Blog on Schedule
Most blogging experts concur that if you don’t publish regularly, you’ll fail to get traction. The more you post, the more eyeballs ultimately find their way to your blog, with the majority of eyeballs coming through search. And the more you use popular keywords for your category, they higher you will rank with Google, the holy grail of bloggers (and pretty much everybody.)
Help Your Readers
Keep in mind that to get readers you need to provide a service in the form of information and problem-solving. Think about the problems your target audience currently has, and who, if not you, might have some answers. That question will guide your interviewing efforts and help you identify and find resolution for issues in your new sector. Sharing the goal of helping others should embolden you to reach out to industry experts since showcasing their ideas on your blog is beneficial to them and their organization.