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The Pain, Prescription and Pills Series – Part 1: Leveraging LinkedIn (updated)

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Leverage LinkedIn – Your Profile to ALL STAR status Social Selling: Pain, Prescription and Pills Series – Part 1 (updated) Ever wondered how you could get to the ALL STAR level on LinkedIn? Sounds easy enough. All you do is provide LinkedIn with the content required and ensure you tick all the required boxes. It’s a good start, but there’s more to becoming a STAR on LinkedIn then what meets the eye. To help you on the path to becoming a LinkedIn star, I’ve created a profile and diagnosed what the shortcomings are. I’m sure my Pain, Prescription and Pills approach will help revamp your LinkedIn profile so you’re a real STAR on LinkedIn! This series of articles has been ti

Leverage LinkedIn – Your Profile to ALL STAR status

Social Selling: Pain, Prescription and Pills Series – Part 1

(updated)

Ever wondered how you could get to the ALL STAR level on LinkedIn? Sounds easy enough. All you do is provide LinkedIn with the content required and ensure you tick all the required boxes. It’s a good start, but there’s more to becoming a STAR on LinkedIn then what meets the eye.

To help you on the path to becoming a LinkedIn star, I’ve created a profile and diagnosed what the shortcomings are. I’m sure my Pain, Prescription and Pills approach will help revamp your LinkedIn profile so you’re a real STAR on LinkedIn!

This series of articles has been titled, PPP, or my “Pain, Prescription and Pills”, using the analogy as a medical doctor to cure the pain of your LinkedIn challenges to work for whatever the goals you want to achieve in your professional life.

The Pain, Prescription and Pills Series – Part 1:  Leveraging LinkedIn (updated)

The Pain of setting up your LinkedIn profile, correctly!

Just like the spinal cord is key to your posture, your LinkedIn your profile is critical to positioning yourself as a star on LinkedIn. Get this wrong and your profile will get lost in the multitude of constantly multiplying profiles. The result…your attempts at engagement with your network will lack potency and you will not achieve your desired outcome.

Out of 300M+ (and rapidly growing) members on LinkedIn, I would say, 75% of the profiles are not setup correctly to maximize one’s profile exposure, which is one of the main reasons for using this platform in the first place (i.e. to enhance your personal brand or be an “influencer” in your industry and/or create social selling leads, and/or grab that next big career break).

When setting up your profile, unless you get the ALL-STAR status, you are not going to get the maximum value out of your LinkedIn profile, period.

My Prescription to get that elusive ALL STAR status:

1. Create your profile headlines to reflect your professional abilities, not just your job title – Use keywords relating to the work you do because this is how you are going to draw the people you want to attract when they search for your expertise.

If you are using a Premium Account (paid), ensure to post supporting background image to highlight your profile

2. Write your professional summary to explain who you are in the professional sphere and what specialties you bring to the table. It’s best to use a conversational tone than referring yourself as a 3rd party!

If you are using a Premium Account (paid), ensure you display your public document that supports your business goals.

3. In your work summary, use keywords that support the profile headline and always expand your job title. Keywords should also relate to your specialties and be linked to the company page (I have come across many incorrect company links and it is a weakness on LinkedIn that hopefully will be fixed in the near future).

Often, someone researching your profile will make a judgment of your present and past experiences to evaluate you as a potential business contact. Creating the correct first impression is essential. If you are interested in a career opportunity, ensure all your past work experiences are covered.

4. Skills and Expertise – This is a key area which gives a snap shot of your career. Start with the most important areas of expertise first. Once again, keywords relating to your areas of expertise are vital. Select the most popular keywords from the skills and expertise list provided by LinkedIn whenever you can, to be part of the common search. However, if you happen to have unique skills feel free to create these. Once this is done, it allows your network connection to endorse you as they see fit from your list. Naturally, your most important strength should get more endorsements than your least!

5. Additional Info – Interests – I’ve noticed lots of members ignore this. Your “interests” create a hyperlink, which mean, instantly you can link to like-minded members on LinkedIn. Also, add your birthday and marital status as well. Finally, what is your advice to viewers of your profile to connecting with you? See my example below.

6. More Additional Info – Education, Honours and Awards – This is important as it gives avenues for your alumni to find you. I have heard many stories on how lost university and school mates connected, paving way for business opportunities that might have otherwise slipped by unnoticed.

7. Even More Additional Info – Personal details, Projects, Publications and Languages

The Pills that I prescribe:

1.Write down the strategies to achieve your personal goal for the next 3-6 months (what is it that you want to achieve from your LinkedIn profile)?

Examples:

a) Sales – To find a new prospect/LEAD for your company;

b) Marketing – For Personal and/or Company Branding; or even

c) Recruitment – Looking for a new job or attracting the right candidates

d) Influencer – to brand yourself as an authority in your field of expertise.

2. Prepare your keywords. Unless you get this right, your LinkedIn profile is not going get much exposure.

3. Complete your summary and work experiences. Note: If your writing skills are limited then hire a professional copy writer to get the job done. There are few available on LinkedIn as well.

4. Ensure other information sections are filled fully. If you decided to go for the premium profile, add rich media and vital supporting documentations as discussed earlier.

Achieve the ALL-STAR status and you are ready to transform your LinkedIn profile to achieve your professional GOALs.

Assuming you have all your goals identified your strategies in place; it will take approximately 3-4 hours to complete your profile.

Health Check (Measurement):

To ensure you profile works for you, take a look at the number of members who viewed your profile before and after you’ve made the changes. You’ll be amazed at how the numbers have improved thanks to your new, updated profile. If this is does not happen, revisit the keywords in your profile and adjust it accordingly.

There you have it, my diagnosis and recommendations to uplift your LinkedIn presence.

Give my suggestions a shot and let me know how it worked out for you. I’d love to hear from your success story too!

Keep a lookout for my Part 2 of this Social Selling L.E.A.D.S series – Engaging via LinkedIn where we dig deeper into how we can build and nurture meaningful relationships using this awesome networking tool.

Would you like a shortcut to success on LinkedIn? My online LinkedIn training will hold you by the hand and take you step-by-step on your journey to becoming a LinkedIn superstar in the next six months or less. In it are many quick tactics you can implement to get instant results. Check it out and join me to get started today!

Keep a lookout for Part 2 of this series – Engaging via LinkedIn where we dig deeper into how we can build and nurture meaningful relationships using this awesome networking tool.

About Logan

Social.Local.Mobile Marketing Strategist/Consultant | Speaker | LinkedIn Trainer

The CEO of solomoIT, Logan has been an avid & passionate social media user and LinkedIn trainer. As a Social Media Business Consultant he brings to the table over 30 years of experience in MNCs and SMBs, together with running solomoIT (formerly ICTIP) for the past nine years. Connect with Logan here.