Revamp Your LinkedIn Profile

  • Recruiters looking for candidates on LinkedIn
  • Recruiters checking out your profile after reviewing your resume and/or portfolio
  • Your peers wanting to get a more complete picture of your experience and skills (keep in mind that if they like your profile, they are more likely to recommend you for a job or set you up with an important business connection)
  • Low-resolution and grainy
  • No banner
  • Looks a bit unfriendly
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jsu05/?originalSubdomain=hk
  • Overall impression is professional and friendly
  • The person’s face is clearly visible
  • The banner is pleasing and not too distracting
  1. It can’t be a selfie;
  2. Your face has to take up at least 60% of the frame;
  3. You need to be dressed in business professional or business casual attire (your safest bet is to wear something you would normally wear to work);
  4. Make sure your expression is friendly (smiling while looking into the camera is a good idea);
  5. Avoid cluttered, busy backgrounds;
  6. The ideal size is 400X400 px.
  1. Have your photo taken by a professional photographer;
  2. Do it yourself (no extra expenses).
  1. Pick a photo that satisfies the first 4 of the above requirements.
  2. Use background remove to remove unnecessary background from the image
  3. Go to Canva. Set up a free account and click “create a design”. Type in your desired resolution (400X400, 800X800, 1600X1600 — these will work just fine). Navigate to the “elements” tab and type in “backgrounds” in the search field.
  4. Choose a nice-looking background and place your image on top.
  5. You’re good to go! Download your image and use it for your LinkedIn profile.
  • The LinkedIn summary is a general-level overview of your skills and experience as opposed to the resume one which should be tailored to a specific job you’re applying for
  • It should complement your resume not copy it word per word.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/kellymcc
https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-din/
https://www.linkedin.com/in/katrinaortiz/
  1. It’s rare that you come across a standout talent like Mike.
  2. Few people have the opportunity to report to a manager who is also a coach and mentor — but I did when I worked for Susan.
  1. I had the pleasure of working with Jim for two years at the Smith Company, collaborating on several project teams.
  2. I hired Carrie as a freelance designer in 2011 after seeing her online portfolio, and she’s completed six flawless projects for me since then.
  3. Mark expertly filled the role of social media coordinator for my company’s marketing team for just over a year.
  1. I was particularly impressed by Kelly’s ability to handle even the toughest clients — and effortlessly.
  2. I was always in awe of Fred’s ability to command a room and get people on board with ideas — even people who were initially on completely different pages.
  3. Matt’s ability to juggle multiple projects was unlike any I’ve seen before and made a dramatic difference in the productivity level of our team.
  1. Oh, and she made sure our Monday morning staff meetings were never without bagels and coffee.
  2. No matter how tense a meeting, Annie made sure everyone left with a smile.
  1. Allison would be an asset to any team.
  2. As a team member or a leader, Steve earns my highest recommendation.
  3. Any employee would be lucky to have Michelle as a manager.
  4. [Descriptive phrase] is the phrase that comes to mind when I think about [name].
  5. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing [name] for [length of time], during which [description of your working relationship].
  6. Above all, I was impressed with [name]’s ability to [description of what makes the person really stand out].
  7. And, of course, his/her [personality trait]. [Name] would be a true asset for any positions requiring [1–2 skills needed for position] and comes with my heartfelt recommendation.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-boothroyd-68308012a

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