LinkedIn Webinar – Digital Engagement (Profile Reviews)

LinkedIn Facts (Source: Wikipedia)

  • a business-related social networking site.
  • Founded in December 2002 and launched in May 2003.
  • mainly used for professional networking.
  • As of 9 February 2012, LinkedIn reports more than 150 million registered users in more than 200 countries.
  • Quantcast reports LinkedIn has 21.4 million monthly unique U.S. visitors and 47.6 million globally.
  • The core function of LinkedIn is professional networking, so it is used heavily by job seekers and recruiters.

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Some of you submitted your LinkedIn profiles to me for review.

Here is a critical look at your profile and opportunities to make it better. The purpose is for you to have the best LinkedIn profile you can have.

Headline Description:

  • Tell me what you stand for. Have your headline mean something when people search for you. In a few words the reader should know who you are. Headline does not tell me what you stand for. The headline must mean something. Do not put links in the heading because they are not live links. Usually people put in a title. Be descriptive in your  title.

Company Profile:

  • All entries should have a company profile set up. Encourage the company to put a profile together. If it is your company, set up a company profile.

URL link

  • Public profile link is confusing. It should be reduced to your name. You can shorten this.


  • You need a Summary, Bio! Not a copy of your resume! Most of you don’t have a summary or a really short one. Make your profile summary longer. More personal, more of your flavour, more speciality driven.


  • Important to watch your Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation. No typos. Put text in word document do a spell check and copy paste into LinkedIn.


  • Put a blog in if you have one and link it to LinkedIn profile. WordPress if you have it.

Profile Picture

  • A profile picture I can connect with. Not something to small or far away. I want to see your face.

Keep refining your profile. You will always find opportunities to improve it!

More LinkedIn Profile Feedback

Three Common Opportunities

With numerous ways to display your skills and core competencies, LinkedIn allows you to be found by hiring managers and recruiters, with little effort on your part.

However, using it incorrectly can actually reduce your chances of being hired. Here are three common opportunities to avoid when setting up and using a LinkedIn Profile for your Job Search.

Failing to use all the space provided.
  • You’re guilty of this if your summary is comprised of just a few sentences, your work history only includes titles, or you skipped sections like Interests or Specialties. These are valuable pieces of data that not only educate readers on your career, but also serve to boost your search-ability.

In addition, you’ll receive a not-so-gentle reminder from the site that says your profile is not 100% complete—which tells you that LinkedIn needs this data for keyword purposes.

Mistaking a resume summary for a LinkedIn summary.
  • The LinkedIn summary area was designed primarily to present a snapshot of your brand and value proposition. However, many people mistake this area for the resume summary of qualifications, and insert that same, long-winded paragraph in this section.

However, LinkedIn profiles aren’t meant to be scanned like documents! In order to get the best results from your profile, you’ll need to apply Web copywriting principles, writing a more personalized, bullet-point account of your background and qualifications.

  • Break up the text visually so employers can quickly scan through for key words, and consider adding decorative bullet symbols for easier readability.
Presenting data inconsistent with your traditional resume.
  • There’s no way around it – employers will be trolling the Web for information about you, even if you’ve already sent your resume to them to review. The problem arises when your job history, education, or achievements appear differently online than on paper.

Here’s how to spot discrepancies: print out both your resume and your LinkedIn profile, reviewing the facts you’ve listed (such as job dates, education, job titles, employer names, etc.) side-by-side. If you omitted an older job or unrelated degree from your resume, for example, then make the same change to your profile.

  • Reviewing your profile this way also allows you to see if it delivers the same value proposition message as your resume. If you missed mentioning highlights of your career (such as metrics on revenue generated or cost savings), you can incorporate this data back into the profile so it aligns with your brand.

In summary, getting hired today requires a strong online identity. If you haven’t spent much time on your LinkedIn profile, it’s a good idea to revisit it and improve your Web presence. Source (this reading): Laura Smith-Proulx, founder of An Expert Resume, Adapted for Digital Skills Learning Webinars by John Zeus


LinkedIn for Connecting

  • LinkedIn is often billed as the largest network of business professionals. It has a much more focused business participation than many social networks and is a great place to network and do research on specific organizations and opportunities.
  • Probably the biggest difference between Facebook and LinkedIn is the focus on introductions. Ingrained in the LinkedIn culture is the ability to see who knows whom and who can make an introduction.
  • It’s important that you take a little time and get to know the culture and the accepted norms of LinkedIn. This is often done by lurking a bit. Use the time to build your profile and your network of current friends so you can see firsthand some examples of how people connect and reach out on your chosen network. From there you can begin to contribute and seek out connections with demonstrated leaders within the network.

For the business professional there are some pretty good reasons to make LinkedIn a part of your overall social media outreach:

Find clients, help, and deals. For some industries LinkedIn is a great place to locate prospects and network partners. Many individuals openly promote relationships and deals that they are in the market for.

Build up buzz. Once you’ve established a following within LinkedIn you can begin to promote specific happenings around your organization.

Hire professionals. Often people think of social networking only in terms of making marketing connections. LinkedIn has become a great place to network and find great associates, partners, and vendors.

Get feedback and research. One of the most effective ways to tap your newly built social networks is to use them as a resource for research and feedback. Simply putting questions out to your group is a great way to get a feel for areas where you want input.

5 tips for getting more from LinkedIn

A pretty common question these days is: “Which social network is the best?”. “The one that helps you meet your marketing objectives.” And in that regard, many are great, but for different reasons.
LinkedIn: It has always tended toward the service – oriented professional, but it has plenty to like in the brand asset optimization world that all businesses live in as well. My advice for most business owners is to find a social network or platform that seems most suited to your business objectives and dive in pretty deep, focusing more casual attention on the others, at least initially. Going hard and deep into one network, like LinkedIn, is the only way to gain the momentum delivered by consistent work and engagement.

So, when it comes to LinkedIn, here are five tips to get more:
your profile

This is a great brand asset so don’t waste it. Make it informative and optimized for search.

  • Add a photo: Nothing says nobody’s home faster than the default icon.
  • Get the branded uRL: Something like this is what you want in/ducttapemarketing—it’s something you pick during editing.
  • use links with Anchor text: Link to your blog, products, workshops, etc., through the “other” tab and you can add anchor text for the link.
  • Be descriptive: Use the “Summary” to tell your story in a compelling way and add lots of keywords in the “specialty” section.
  • Keep it active: LinkedIn has a status update feature, much like Facebook and Twitter, that you should update routinely.
  • Link to it: Put links to your profile in your email signature and other online pages. Optimization is a two-way street.

Give to get

When people view profiles one of the top features is something called recommendations. While these may feel a little fluffy when you read them, lack of them can be a competitive issue. You should acquire some recommendations and I find the best way to get them is to give them. Choose people in your network that you’ve worked with and write an honest statement of recommendation. Don’t be surprised if you receive some in return.

Show what you’ve got

  • An overlooked feature on LinkedIn, is the Question and Answer function. By jumping in and answering questions thoughtfully you can demonstrate a given expertise while potentially engaging contacts that are drawn to your knowledge. The key phrase is thoughtfully answering. LinkedIn even has a rating system to reward people who give the best answers with some added exposure.

The flip side of this tip is to ask thoughtful questions. This can be a great way to get useful information, but it’s equally powerful as a tool to create conversations, discussion, and engagement with like-minded connections.

Lead a group

  • Anyone can launch a group on LinkedIn and lead discussions and networking on a specific topic of interest. If you take this tip to heart and put some effort into a niche group you can gain added influence with your network, but groups are also open to the LinkedIn universe as a whole and some folks find that this is one of the strongest ways to build their network. Building a group around an established brand is also a great way to bring users or customers together.

Repurpose content

  • Since members of your network, and those of the larger LinkedIn community, may only experience your brand on the LinkedIn platform, it’s a great idea to enhance your profile with educational information. This is best done using some of the third-party applications that LinkedIn has collected for this purpose.

Blog Link:

  • Displays your latest blog posts on your profile allows you to create links to files such as resumes and marketing kits SlideShare: embeds slideshow presentations and demos Company Buzz: scrapes Twitter for mentions of your brand or other topics you assign

Premium Feature

  • When prospecting on LinkedIn in the past you could type in a keyword or specific company search and locate people you might want to reach out to. For many folks this is the greatest benefit of LinkedIn participation. The tough thing was you had to look at the details of each profile you might find and make a decision about contacting them right then as there wasn’t a convenient way to save or group your chosen profiles for future use.

LinkedIn added a tool in the paid version that allows you to create searches and then save the profiles that look interesting to folders in what it’s calling your Profile Organizer. So, let’s say you are scouting out journalists at a certain publication. You can do a search, set up a folder, and save all the profiles you like in that folder for later contact. LinkedIn also added a “note” feature so you can jot something of interest to yourself or even something that was said when you contacted them last. This feature makes the paid version worth a look.
Search on the term marketing—hover over a profile and save it to your marketing folder (click image to enlarge).
In profile organizer you can make notes on any saved profile (click image to enlarge).
The Profile Organizer shows up as a workspace under the contact tab and once active you’ll see “save profile” as an option any time you are looking at an individual or group of profiles.

Author/Adapted by: Webinar Outline and Resources by John Zeus for Digital Skills/Digital Engagement Webinars.

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