Use Your LinkedIn Profile to Set and Achieve Career Goals
September 09, 2020
Have you created a LinkedIn profile? Whether you are an aspiring or seasoned professional, you will find opportunities to connect and advance on this powerful social media platform. Read these tips and tricks for enhancing your profile and make sure that you are doing everything you can to stand out from the rest.
- Analyze Profiles that Include Your Dream Job
Everyone’s path is different, but you can learn a lot about achieving your dream job by analyzing others’ experiences. See what positions, trainings and credentials they needed to arrive where you want to be. The BYFAZ has an “Explore Construction Career” page featuring skilled craft Trading Cards highlighting some of the most in-demand construction careers.
- Connect and Learn
Don’t forget, LinkedIn is a social network. It’s built to bring you together. There are people out there with your dream job. Connect with them and send a DM asking for advice. Not only is this a great way to learn, it’s also an opportunity to connect with influential people in your target industry. Connect with people who share career and industry interests by joining LinkedIn groups and engaging in their content.
- Broadcast your Goals
Publicly stating your greatest aspirations doesn’t have to make you feel vulnerable. It shows potential employers that you are driven and that you know what you want. State your purpose in your bio and show the world that you have big plans.
- Choose a Professional-Looking Photo
It’s estimated that LinkedIn profiles with photos receive 21x more views and 9x more connection requests. If you don’t have a photo on your profile already, make that the first thing you do. Try to pick a photo that shows off your level of professionalism. If you’re taking the photo yourself, use a well-lit room and a solid background. A friendly smile and business casual attire is appropriate regardless of the industry. Also LinkedIn offers a few helpful tips.
- Complete Your Profile
Not only does a completed profile make you more searchable, LinkedIn builds their algorithm to reward users that engage. Make sure that every aspect of your profile is complete to be seen by more people.
- It’s OK to Brag
List your greatest accomplishments and don’t give in to the temptation to minimize them. You might feel uncomfortable about talking yourself up, but this is your time to shine. Employers want to know what you are capable of. Make sure they know! Asking for endorsements is a great way to show that your skills are valid. Reach out to coworkers and associates and ask them to share.
Every great career starts somewhere. Whether you are still exploring your options, working through your education or well into your career, you’re your LinkedIn profile should reflect what you can do now and what you intend to do in the future. Start to Build Your Future today.