The social media landscape is always changing. So, when it comes to looking at how having a profile on LinkedIn can help your job search it makes sense to have the most up-to-date information to work with. It also helps to have the guidance of an expert.
Mike Allton is an author who writes on The Social Media Hat blog. Even though his post The Ultimate Guide to a Perfect LinkedIn Profile is a year or two old, it covers the basics in enough detail that any tweaks LinkedIn has made since makes little, if any, difference to this otherwise excellent guide.
The following items are covered with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions:
Use a current, professional profile image
Consider premium, and then add a cover photo
What's your name, and what do you do?
Offer complete contact information
Grab a custom URL
Make sure your profile is visible
Consider a profile badge
Support additional languages
Update your connections
Update your background
Review skills and endorsements
Move sections around
Ask for recommendations and give recommendations
Regularly publish posts
Review group memberships
Daily LinkedIn activity
Getting the most out of your LinkedIn profile takes some time and effort but done properly will reap you the benefits, even after you land your next gig.