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July 17, 2012

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5 Things You Should Correct On LinkedIn

by Josh Lam

This is a guest post by Margaret Jules.

An online professional profile helps you out in extracting the best of the professional opportunities in
a jiffy. Therefore, many job seekers or people looking for the network development sign up for social
networking sites like LinkedIn to add to their professional advantages. But, unfortunately, these profiles
also need some transparency in the professional and non-professional details, for when it comes to
corporate sectors, hiring managers read into things. If your LinkedIn profile hasn’t helped you out in
achieving a successful professional networking yet, chances are you might be having some loopholes in
your LinkedIn profile page. Here are five things that you need to rectify on LinkedIn right away to ensure
a long-term successful professional networking.

1. No recommendations

If any hiring manager goes through your profile and doesn’t notice even a single recommendation, it
is sure to leave out a bad impression of your professional history. It could even make you look like a
passive employee who hasn’t done anything worth recommendation. Therefore, if your profile isn’t
flooded with some recommendations, say at least 5-6, and then it’s advisable to seek out people you
have worked with or currently working with and ask for their recommendations.

2. Too many recommendations

In the context to receive various recommendations, it is also incumbent not to bestow your profile
with a flood of supported recommendations. It makes a shady impression, as if you have either bought
people to recommend you or you are looking for a job. The absolute fix for this issue is to update your
recommendations by shooting out the former recommendations from your former colleagues, and
asking recommendation from the clients you have recently worked with.

3. Don’t Lie

In order to virtually spruce up your professional history, don’t give out details that don’t hold any truth.
Most of the LinkedIn profile holders fill up their professional and academic details with superfluous
details only to make their profile look mature, attractive and eligible. So, it’s recommended not to
practice it, for you could eventually get caught.

4. Post a picture

It goes without proving that pictures are worth a thousand words. And, for professionals and in the
business world, this adage is very prominent to follow. You must feature a photo in your about me
page that shows what you really look like. This helps in developing uninterrupted communication and
networking with others. However, don’t end up posting an ultra-glamorous, flirty picture unless your
target group is entertainment or broadcasting industry, as it could jeopardize your professional image.

5. Describe your professional specialty

So, you have underlined what your job title is, but, what about your specialty? If you don’t come clear
on what you do from 8-5 during the working days, one can’t actually extract out your professional
specialty. Remember, a blank piece of paper that doesn’t come tagged up with a description is
completely useless. Therefore, share your experience and allow others to have a little sneak-a-peak at
your professional summary.

When it comes down to establish a professional networking or to strengthen the ones you have,
LinkedIn can undoubtedly help you out in umpteenth ways. It is essential, however, to scarp down an
erroneous profile that doesn’t help you at all, and to come clear and concise about your professional
details and inclinations.

About the author: Margaret is a blogger by profession. She loves writing on environment and
technology. Beside this she is fond of books. She recently did an article on auto motto. These days she is
busy in writing an article on eco friend.

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