Nathan Tanner

How to improve your LinkedIn profile from top to bottom

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.

Want proof?

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:

  1. Industry and location
  2. An up-to-date current position (with a description)
  3. Two past positions
  4. Education
  5. Skills (minimum of three)
  6. Profile photo
  7. 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.

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