Love what you do

Words to live by. If you aren’t spending your time (a finite resource) doing something that gets you out of bed in the morning with a profound zeal, why bother waking up?

Most likely, the answer is to make a paycheck and pay the bills but life is so much more than that. But it does not have to be this way.

Why not to leverage tools to help your professional profile stand out from and find the career you truly desire?

For example, LeisureJobs aids dedicated job seekers to discover what they love, promote their talents and skills and make a living doing it.

They’re the origin in achieving life-long careers for chefs, sales managers, receptionists and personal trainers.

One of the first steps it takes to make that leap into a meaningful career is to prove to people you are the best of the best, crème de la crème, the pick of the litter.

In this digital and internet age, you need to utilise the most influential and highly popularised professional mediums – LinkedIn.

As of late 2016, LinkedIn reported having over 467 million members according to Statista. Without question, this equates to endless networking connections and limitless opportunities.

Job interviewees with improved LinkedIn profiles
LeisureJobs’ expert advice improves LinkedIn profiles that standout from the competition

So LeisureJobs crafted an in-depth infographic that explains seven ways on how you can manage your profile to stand out from the pack and increase your chances of it landing on the computer screens of the right hiring managers and recruiters.

3 takeaways to improve your LinkedIn profile today

Here is a taste of what you can expect to learn to transform your profile from mediocre to unprecedented and have your inbox flood with offers from hiring managers:

1. Layout

  • Your picture should be of just you with a simple background and dressed accordingly to your profession
  • Within 120 characters, grab your viewers’ attention with a brief description of what you do with your title
  • Summaries should be no more than 2000 characters – make sure your audience can gather what your ambitions, goals and job responsibilities are at a glance
  • In addition to your past and current job experience, projects, publications, volunteer involvement and education complete your profile and demonstrate your calibre
  • Add skills and get endorsements from those who can vouch for your credentials. Don’t forget, LinkedIn is a professional social media platform, be sure you’re endorsing others for their skill sets as well!
  • Join groups that interest you to further your networking potential

2. Recommendations

  • Have your mentors and managers write recommendations that attest your role at an organisation or project – written words carry more weight than skill endorsements
  • Try to achieve anywhere from five to ten recommendations with at least two from each of your present and former positions
  • You can ask your connections for recommendations from the “Settings” tab
  • Make sure the recommendation dives deep into your performance – the more detailed the response the better

3. SEO (Search Engine Optimisation)

The process of increasing digital traffic from organic searches to your page.

  • Use common language throughout your profile that is geared to the industry in which you work
  • Include hyperlinks to your company’s website, e-portfolio, blog site and other web pages you own
  • Sponsor your LinkedIn on your other social sites – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
  • Make sure your page is public in the “Settings” tab under “Privacy”

Final thoughts

Find what you love and do it everyday. It will enrich your life and give you purpose.

There will always be obstacles along the path to success, but those hurdles are mere tests to see how badly you want to achieve your goals. 

Approach them with confidence and shatter them when the time is right.

If you keep this in mind, you will propel yourself further than you ever thought possible. But don’t ever lose sight of what keeps you grounded and modest.

“Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.”

-Thomas Merton

7 ways to improve your LinkedIn profile

How do you find these tips? Have you already tried using them to improve your LinkedIn profile? Let me know! Just leave a comment in the comment section below.

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