I have a sort of OCD when it comes to using LinkedIn. Yes, OCD! Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. If you don’t know, a person with OCD has an uncontrollable urge to do a few things over and over even if not required. He/she doesn’t have any control over such behaviours.
And I have a similar problem.
I love to keep my LinkedIn profile updated and activities, recent. Why? It’s simply because LinkedIn helped me get many freelance opportunities. While not all those 50 (a little less than that) queries lead to a deal, I, at least, sealed some. And I still receive more!
Well, you also will. Just follow these OCDs –
“Optimise” your profile
“Connect” with people
“Dabble” in their content
“Share” helpful content
Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing what I learned from this amazing platform, yes, a few tips. How thousands (maybe millions) of people use this platform for their professional growth? And how you can too!
These tips would be in multiple mini articles, but let me give you a glimpse of what you can expect.
1) Tips for your LinkedIn profile optimisation –
Your LinkedIn profile is proof of your virtual professional existence. It shows who you are. Not only should people form an appropriate opinion about you through it but your profile should also help relevant people to find you… and hire you.
That’s why you need to have a complete profile, without any missing or misleading information. And by that, I mean having a display picture, summary, educational details, work experiences and everything that’s professionally helpful.
2) Accepted ways to connect with relevant people –
After making your profile complete, you also need to meet and keep in touch with people who matter. LinkedIn is for networking with the leaders and other eminent personalities in the industry.
And they need not only be the influencers. Those people can be other users in the same stage and space as you.
You can add up to 30K people and follow numerous others. But it’s not about the numbers. You don’t need a huge network. You should have a helpful network instead.
3) Conventional habits to engage with others’ content –
Once you have started adding people, don’t stop there. If you need growth, if you want others to help you, you have to be in the know, stay in touch and interact with them; without annoying them.
4) Workable ideas to share your thoughts –
Also, interacting with others alone won’t help. You have to allow others to know you. Your LinkedIn profile says what you do, and that’s not enough. You have to show what you do. And there are many different ways to do so, through your posts.
And that’s what I would be sharing.
All these might look overwhelming at first, but once you are on-board it would be a cakewalk. But first, baby steps!
Here you go (will update the links as I publish those articles) –
1) “Optimise” your profile
LinkedIn Profile Tips 1.1 – An appropriate Profile Picture
LinkedIn Profile Tips 1.2 – Real name and a catchy Headline
LinkedIn Profile Tips 1.3 – Comprehensive Profile Summary
LinkedIn Profile Tips 1.4 – Relevant Work experience and Education
LinkedIn Profile Tips 1.5 – List your Skills and Accomplishments
LinkedIn Profile Tips 1.6 – Ask for Recommendations
2) “Connect” with people
LinkedIn Profile Tips 2.1 – Accepting connection request from others
LinkedIn Profile Tips 2.2 – Sending connection request to others
LinkedIn Profile Tips 2.3 – Optimal usage of Direct Messages
3) “Dabble” in their content
LinkedIn Profile Tips 3.1 – Put your thoughts in the Comments
LinkedIn Profile Tips 3.2 – Find like-minded people in the Comments
4) “Share” helpful content
LinkedIn Profile Tips 4.1 – Share what you know
LinkedIn Profile Tips 4.2 – Show what you do
LinkedIn Profile Tips 4.3 – Have a little fun too!