How to Use LinkedIn

Utilizing LinkedIn to its full capacity has the potential to boost your career. Gaining connections can find you new job opportunities that would have been harder to find otherwise. But navigating a new social media network can be tough, so how do you make the most your LinkedIn profile?

  • Keep your profile updated even when you are not looking for something specific on the site. You will get out of LinkedIn what you put into it, so the more frequently you update your page, the more helpful it will be.
  • Writing an attention-grabbing bio is an important step to gaining connections. What assets do you have that set you apart from others? Answering that question in your bio will catch the eye of someone who stumbles across your LinkedIn profile.
  • An easy way to make your LinkedIn account more accessible is to customize the URL with your name at the end instead of an amalgamation of characters.
  • Having a professional, or professional-looking, photo of yourself makes your page easy to identify as yours. Being able to put your face to your name makes the connections seem human, not exclusively digital.
  • If it cannot fit onto your resume but is worth noting, add it to your LinkedIn profile. Use that as your rule of thumb when filling out your LinkedIn profile; it should contain even more details than your resume.
  • Link with anyone you know, even if it does not seem like they could contribute to your line of work. Chances are, they might have a connection that could be beneficial to you, so that connection is worthwhile.

The positive outcomes of networking are limitless so it is in your best interest to get the most out of your LinkedIn profile. These tips will help you make quality connections so you can find success in utilizing your LinkedIn profile to the best of your ability. For more information, visit