Category Archives: Young Professionals

LinkedIn

5 Steps For A Successful LinkedIn Profile

LinkedInGuest Author: Emma Williams

As the professional networking website passed the ten year milestone earlier this year, it’s safe to say that LinkedIn has cemented itself as the number one online professional network across the world. But many professionals, particularly new graduates, still aren’t utilising this powerful tool to its full potential. Even if you’re not in the market for a job right now – if you’re still studying or happy in your current position – LinkedIn can still be used to help you in building connections, following news in your industry and improving your personal brand.

So, how do you get the most out of LinkedIn and create a perfect profile which is bound to impress? Here are a few tips to get you started.

1. Start With The Basics
There are a few core elements to your LinkedIn profile, and it is essential that you get these spot on. These are your headline, summary, experience, skills and education. Out of these four, your headline and summary really give you the chance to stand out and communicate your skills and experience to potential employers. Make your headline short, snappy and original and take the opportunity to expand on that in your summary – use all 2000 characters. Keep it in the first person, to avoid an impersonal, corporate feel, and try to tell a story about who you are and how you arrived on your chosen career path. Talk about where you want to be in the future, and who your target audience is.

2. Next…Everything Else!
One of the most common mistakes people make on LinkedIn is not completing their profile. Anything which you leave unfinished is a missed opportunity so, although it may take a little time when you first set it up, it’s well worth completing all of the fields. Plus, the more complete your profile is, the higher it will appear in searches.
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Thank You

Quick Tips: Say Thank-You; Pay It Forward

Throughout your high school and college career, you’ve had many people come along side you to support you, encourage you, and even challenge you. Take some time to say thanks: Send a quick email, a thank-you card, or make a call. If it’s been a while, let the person know what you’ve been up to, (internships and summer jobs you’ve […]

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Angry woman

Quick Tips: Keep Your Rants Off Social Media

You’ve probably read a few of them; maybe you’ve even shared or re-tweeted a few – We’re talking about those epic rants from celebrities, disgruntled employees, or friends on social media that are, well, quite entertaining.  But as funny as they can sometimes be, public rants can also be very damaging.  Here are a few tips for keeping yourself from hurting your […]

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Questions Answered: I lied on my resume; what should I do now?

Question: I wasn’t entirely honest on my resume. I wrote down that I knew a particular technique but I don’t actually know it, I’ve just heard of it. Now I’m feeling guilty. What should I do? ~ Rojirah M., Baltimore, MD Answer: You have a few options after submitting a resume or application that has false or inaccurate information on […]

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