You’re ready to take your career to the next level – and LinkedIn is one of the best tools around to make that happen. But with over 300 million users, you have to go above and beyond to stand out. There’s a few simple things you can do like proving your language fluency and getting recommendations to get noticed.
1. Say cheese
Your profile is seven times more likely to get views if you have a picture. Show a little personality but try to keep it professional – you’re dressing to impress after all. Ask a friend with a good camera to take the picture – don’t rely on an iPhone photo unless it’s very good quality.
2. Get personal
You have 120 characters to summarize what you’re all about. This is a good place to get creative – share that you’re a world traveler or expert wordsmith. Use industry keywords here if possible.
3. Strut your stuff
You achievements should shine throughout your entire profile. Explain your role in leading projects, managing people and achieving goals – reinforced with numbers where you can.
4. Prove your English skills
Show how international you are by proving that you have some serious language skills. Take EF’s simple and free online English Test, the EFSET – and have your score certified directly on your LinkedIn profile.
5. Get and give recommendations
Recommendations are like references and really easy to get on LinkedIn. Reach out to a few connections and ask them to share their insight on your work and your best qualities – and be sure to return the favor.