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Personalize your LinkedIn account

Updated: Mar 14


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Creating a personalized LinkedIn profile is crucial for building an online professional presence and setting yourself apart. LinkedIn is a valuable platform for job hunting and expanding your professional network. Leveraging personal connections when applying for jobs greatly improves your chances of landing interviews. In this blog post, we'll explore how to optimize your LinkedIn account to enhance visibility, boost engagement, and get noticed by employers.


The great news is that your Colorado Career Advising Tool Survey will help you add that extra special personal touch to your profile! We recommend you follow the steps in Part 2 of this blog series to use your CCA results to create a resume summary statement before starting your LinkedIn profile.
 

If you don’t already have a LinkedIn account, create one now! 

Here's an overview video on how to create a LinkedIn account




 

1. About Section.

Add the professional summary you crafted for your resume to the About section of your LinkedIn page. Think of LinkedIn as your online resume - it should have all of the same information as your resume but can be presented in a less formal, more personable tone.


LinkedIn Summary Sample

2. Use keywords.

In addition to your strengths and summary statement, use keywords that are relevant to your industry and the type of job you're seeking to help your profile appear in search results.


Examples of keyword categories for a LinkedIn profile include:

  • Job titles and responsibilities

  • Technical skills and software

  • Industry-specific terms and buzzwords

  • Education and certifications

  • Professional accomplishments and awards

  • Relevant volunteer work and extracurricular activities

  • Languages spoken

  • Personal traits and soft skills

  • Career goals and aspirations

Here are a few examples of specific keywords that could be used in a LinkedIn profile:


These keywords can be used in the summary, skills, job titles, and descriptions to help recruiters and hiring managers find your profile and understand your qualifications and experience.


3. Highlight your accomplishments.

Enhance your About section by adding a personal mission statement and any hobbies or interests you want to highlight. Use specific examples of your educational or professional achievements and successes to demonstrate the value you can bring to a potential employer or client.


4. Show your personality.

Use a conversational tone and inject some of your personality into your summary. This can help make you stand out and be more memorable to potential employers or clients. You can modify words from your CCA Tool Survey results summary page!


CCA Tool Results Summary Page

5. Provide Contact Information.

Facilitate easy communication by providing contact details! In addition to LinkedIn's messaging feature, consider listing alternative methods such as email or social media for networking contacts and potential employers to reach out to you directly.


6. Customize your URL.

Customize your LinkedIn profile URL to make it easy for people to find and remember you. Learn how to do this here.


7. Keep it short and sweet.

Keep your summary short and to the point so that people can quickly get a sense of who you are and what you do. Make sure you talk about your true intrinsic self, not just external accomplishments. Again, your CCA Tool Survey result can help you with this!


8. Keep it up-to-date.

Regularly update your LinkedIn summary to reflect your current skills, experiences, and accomplishments.


9. Connect and Engage.

Engaging actively on LinkedIn is essential for cultivating a thriving professional network. By regularly posting updates, commenting on others' posts, and following relevant pages, you not only showcase your expertise but also foster meaningful connections within your industry. Sharing articles and insights related to your interests demonstrates your passion and expertise, further establishing you as a thought leader in your field. Don't hesitate to engage authentically and generously—it's the key to building a robust and influential presence on LinkedIn.




 

By following these tips to personalize your LinkedIn, you can effectively expand your professional network. This can help you to stand out among other professionals and elevate your visibility to potential employers. Remember, your LinkedIn profile is a reflection of your unique identity and the value you offer.



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Disclaimer:

This blog post is a rebranded version of content originally published on IndigoPathway, now adapted and shared on Colorado Career Advising. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at info@coloradocareeradvising.com.




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