The headline is an important part of your profile on LinkedIn, it plays a greater role than simply an introduction on your profile page … though it does that well too! It is in reality a key element of the whole introduction process, a text bill board to complement the graphic banner and a way to engage with others.
To clarify what I’m talking about – if you look at your Profile Page, the Headline is the piece of text that sits under your photo on the left hand side and which probably contains your Job Title and Company name if you haven’t changed it. It is also probably the first piece of text on your profile that people see when they visit it.
As it happens, you have 120 characters at your disposal to play with here … or 220 characters if you have an i-phone and wish to make use of the feature (did someone say ‘Glitch’?) that you can access by editing it there. You essentially have free rein to use it as you see fit – it doesn’t effect the job title you display in the “Work Experience” section but does allow you to use this area in a different way.
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When we talk about editing or optimising our profile on LinkedIn, most of the time we’re thinking about our Personal Profile. And rightly so, it is the central element of our activity on LinkedIn.
Our Personal Profile is where we add our details, experience, summary and all of the information that’s relevant about us and what we do. This is essentially our representation on LinkedIn – you could almost call it your avatar or your sales & marketing document, Business card on steroids or even your CV depending on what you are using LinkedIn for.
However, when you create your profile on LinkedIn, the system automatically creates what is essentially a mirror image of it called your Public Profile. It is this page that is then indexed by the external search engines such as Google or Bing, and then appears in the search results out on the web. You can see what LinkedIn displays and make any changes required by accessing the Public Profile from the button in the top right hand corner of your main Personal Profile page.
At first sight, this Public Profile may seem unimportant in comparison, but do bear in mind that while your main profile can be viewed by the 635 million members of LinkedIn, your Public Profile is visible to anyone around the world with access to the Internet!
More than that, given the way that LinkedIn panders to Google and its ranking algorithm, your public profile on LinkedIn is likely to appear towards the top of the 1st page as well when you search for your name! (more…)
One of the big changes which happened when the top of the profile was modified earlier this year was that it provided the contact info box with a much more prominent position – previously this information had been somewhat lost in the wilderness in the right hand side bar and to be honest somewhat lost when you looked at someone’s profile.
No Longer! It is now very much front and forward and it is massively important to use it to best advantage … because most people don’t.
As a big indication of this, before every training session I run, I have a look at all the profiles of the people who are attending my courses or one of the in-house sessions for sales teams that I run. What they have in their Contact Info area is one of the elements I check and record.
In about 80% of cases, this section only contains one element which is (more…)
There’s a veritable hidden treasure trove of functionality that is tucked away on LinkedIn behind a rather innocuous looking arrow head. You may have missed it on your way round LinkedIn, perhaps ignored it as irrelevant or stumbled across it by accident without necessarily taking too much notice of what it contained there.
Of course you may already be an avid user of what’s contained there … though I hope you will still find elements here of interest.
The “arrow head” in question sits on everyone’s Personal Profile page next to the main button (Connect / Send a message / Send Inmail) in the top part of the profile. What it contains will vary, depending on the relationship that you have with that person – so what you see there for your 1st level connections differs from that of your 2nd and 3rd, and certainly from those further removed. You have one on your profile visible just to you as well!
The one below, for instance, is what you will see if you are already to connected to the person.
I thought that I’d try to make this quite functional but “skimmable” (or even “dip in-able” if you prefer) so I’ve created a little outline of what they do and what they might offer you. (more…)
One of the questions which comes up with a certain regularity in LinkedIn Answers – the user Q&A section on the site – is how to make changes or updates to their past experience or their Education within their Public Profile.
The way to change your Current position is nice and obvious, as the ‘edit’ links sit clearly in the blue area at the top and, let’s be honest, editing your current roles are the most likely thing that you will be doing. Nevertheless, in optimising your profile, your past experience also comes into play both in terms of backing up your current strengths and offerings, but also in terms of the ranking within the LinkedIn search results.
The format changes when you wish to update both your past experience and education. To edit those, (more…)