What Makes a LinkedIn Profile POWERFUL?
Your LinkedIn profile is NOT your resume. Your resume is your career history. It's dull, boring and often task-based. Your LinkedIn profile is your CAREER FUTURE! It's who you are, how you help people, and why you deserve to be noticed. A POWERFUL LinkedIn Profile sells YOU!
Here is an example of a POWERFUL LinkedIn profile
Notice how this LinkedIn profile is NOT copied and pasted from a resume.
#1. Professionally Taken Photograph
Your LinkedIn profile is your digital introduction and first impression with your reader. It's important to look your best and a professionally taken photograph will ensure you are portrayed in the best light!
#2. Attention Getting Headline
Your LinkedIn Headline is very much like a headline in a newspaper. It should grab your reader's attention and compel them to READ MORE! Download my LinkedIn Headline Generator to quickly and easily create a POWERFUL LinkedIn Headline that will get you noticed and found! Why not? It's FREE!
#3. Complete Experiences, Keyword-Rich
A POWERFUL LinkedIn profile includes your past experiences. This area is highly sensitive when it comes to SEO (Search Engine Optimization). By including keywords that people are using to find someone like you, you are ensuring that your LinkedIn profile performs well in search and that YOU WILL BE FOUND.
#4. Connections, Websites, Customized URL
In order to truly leverage LinkedIn, it's important to have a strong LinkedIn network with many first degree connections.
It's not enough to just list your Websites on your LinkedIn profile. You should customize the link's anchor text so that it ranks higher in search results.
Your public profile address is the direct link to your LinkedIn profile. By customizing the address with your name, you are able to add it to your email signature, resume, cover letter, letterhead, business card, and marketing literature.
#5. Compelling, Interesting Summary
Your LinkedIn Summary needs to POP! This is your chance to demonstrate to the world that you are an expert and someone who deserves to be noticed! This is where you sell yourself and showcase your accomplishments. DO NOT COPY AND PASTE YOUR RESUME! Why? Your LinkedIn profile is NOT your resume! Your resume is your professional history. Your LinkedIn profile is your career future! Your resume is dry, boring, and task-based. Your LinkedIn summary should be engaging and impressive to your reader. It should COMPEL them to pick up the phone and call you!
#6. Clear Call to Action
It's important to tell your reader what to do once they've finished reading your LinkedIn summary. Tell them how to reach you! How many opportunities are you missing because you didn't include your contact information?
More LinkedIn Profile Examples
BUT THAT'S NOT ALL! There is so much more to your LinkedIn Profile!
Your LinkedIn profile extends far past the summary section. Work Experiences, Volunteer Experiences & Causes, Certifications, Education, Interests, and Groups & Associations are just a few of the additional sections that comprise your COMPLETE LinkedIn profile.
Professionally Written LinkedIn Profile Examples
I have helped THOUSANDS of people with their LinkedIn profiles. After (almost) every LinkedIn profile I write, I tweet it out for the world to see. You can visit my Twitter profile to see a list of all the LinkedIn Profiles I've written. Look at these LinkedIn profiles as examples of my work. Please DO NOT PLAGIARIZE!
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