285: How to Vastly Improve Your LinkedIn Profile: Brenda Bernstein joined me on the show this week to teach us how to improve our LinkedIn profiles. She’s the author of How to Write a KILLER LinkedIn Profile*, a book that held the #1 best-seller spot in Amazon’s business writing skills list for over 2 years.
- LinkedIn profiles are very important for job seekers.
- Your headline is the most important place to have keywords.
- Don’t include your company name in your headline unless it has cachet.
- In your experience section, emphasize your current job and make sure it has the best description.
- Think of three key words you want to come across in your profile photo.
- Make sure you have a 100% completed profile to get boosted by LinkedIn’s algorithms.
- Write your summary in first-person.
- If you have a very uncommon or unclear job title, it’s okay to write one that people would understand, so long as it’s accurate.
- Recommendations are important because they’re the only way on LinkedIn to really prove who you are and what you’ve actually done.
- When you request a connect, don’t just use the standard one, write a custom request.
If you want to practice writing a custom connection request, Brenda’s advice was to connect with her on LinkedIn. I’m always thrilled to hear from listeners in our community, so please connect with me too.
- How to Write a KILLER LinkedIn Profile by Brenda Bernstein*
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