If you only have a LinkedIn profile because you’re supposed to have one, get ready to have your world turned upside down. OK, maybe not turned upside down, but there’s a whole lot more to the platform than uploading your resume and forgetting about it.
Whether you’re a C-level executive, an entry-level wannabe, or, like most of us, somewhere in between, using LinkedIn to its full potential can help you become more successful in your career.
Professionals who have an All-Star rating “are 40 times more likely to receive opportunities through LinkedIn.”
How do you get that rating?
As a LinkedIn insider, let me tell you: It takes seven essential elements to have a completed profile. To qualify, your page must contain the following:
- Industry and location
- An up-to-date current position (with a description)
- Two past positions
- Skills (minimum of three)
- Profile photo
- At least 50 connections
Filling in these fields is only the first step, but it’s a good one because only 51% of members have a completed profile. Once you cut out half the competition, your next move is to separate yourself from within the All-Star pack.