December 3, 2010
There is so much you can do with LinkedIn. At Networking Coach, we can easily give a whole week of courses on LinkedIn alone. So, let me share another tip with you.
Did you know that you can reorder the sections on your LinkedIn profile?
How? It’s really easy via drag-and-drop! The headers of each of the sections on your “Edit Profile” page now have handles that can be dragged. To reorder a section, all you need to do is click and drag one of these section headers up or down the body of your profile. When you release the mouse, the section will drop into place where you dragged it, and your adjustment will take effect immediately.
Why would you change the order? Well, it gives you the ability to highlight the skills, expertise, and/or experiences that make you stand out. If you are just graduating, it makes more sense to have your education first. If you are looking for a job, it might be a good idea to share your expertise through the Applications first.
Not sure how to do it? Watch this YouTube clip and see for yourself how easy it really is!
November 16, 2010
LinkedIn comes with updates and new functionalities regularly. This time they implemented a new feature I was longing for : a bigger profile picture!
In your profile you could upload an 80 x 80 pixels image. I agree that most people look like they where just arrested or something 🙂 Others seem too far away, so instinctively I always tried to click on the picture, but of course it did not work. Now it does! And you are getting a bigger version of someone’s profile picture. I love it!
So, what are your next steps?
- If you already have a profile picture (80×80 pixels), then delete it and upload a bigger picture!
- If you don’t have a profile picture yet, upload a big picture rightaway! No worries about the format (max 4MB)!
August 27, 2010
More than 70 million people are on LinkedIn. How many of them have a 100% profile? Right! Not enough! Why is this important? Let me answer that with a question: What do people find when they google your name online? For most people, it is their LinkedIn profile. So, if you want to make a professional impression (your personal brand!), you’d better fill out your profile to the fullest, right?
What can you do to have a 100% profile? Watch this YouTube clip and implement it.
Oh, one more thing. You are the only one who can actually see how high your percentage is. Don’t worry, people won’t know, but they might notice. How? Well, if you don’t fill out your profile with your education, your recent position(s) or you don’t even have a photo, how would you look? Exactly, not interesting enough! Whatever opportunity may have come your way will not happen…for a reason.
July 26, 2010
How to promote your blog on LinkedIn?
There are multiple ways to do it. Here are 5 toptips that you can implement immediately:
1. Add your blog in your profile, under Websites. Most people have standard links to their website : My Website, My Company or My Blog. Change”Your Blog” into the actual title of your blog (or keywords). How? Choose ‘edit’ at websites, add a field ‘Other’. Here you can add a title and a URL.
2. Add Application. Here you can also insert your blog if you are blogging with WordPress or TypePad. Go to ‘More’ in the menu and click on ‘Application Directory’. Click the blog of your choice and install the application. From now on, your new blogs will appear automatically on your LinkedIn profile.
3. Update your status. When you write a new blog article, you can let your network know by updating your status. Add the link to your blog in the update. Of course, you can repeat this step everytime you are publishing an update on your blog.
4. Participate in Discussions in your favorite groups. Go to your groups and participate in the ongoing discussions. See where your blog has an answer to one of these discussions. Mention it while you answer them.
5. Answers. It is a great place to get more visibility and get more ‘expert’ status. Go to ‘More’ in the menu and click on ‘Answers’. Look for questions people are asking. Answer them by referring also to your blog. Or turn it around: write a blog article where you answer questions and put the link in the answers. It will create additional traffic to your blog as well!
Of course, these tips will only work if you have a blog 🙂 I am using WordPress and I recommend it to anyone.
Bert Verdonck is an extraordinary life coach and an inventive lifehacker. Bert is also one of the official Certified LinkedIn Trainers worldwide. Next to pragmatic trainings and personal coaching, he is an international keynote speaker to inspire and help professionals with their efficiency. As a published author and the founder of ‘Genius Shortcuts’ he already saved thousands of people at least 2 hours per day!
May 3, 2010
Another quick tip about LinkedIn is to Tell Your Story through your job history on LinkedIn. Of course, the great people at LinkedIn created another short video about this:
I add a couple extra tips:
- When you write your summary, structure it in 3 parts: about you as professional, about the organisation that you work for and a personal note. Remember: People do business with other people, so you might as well add something personal too!
- Only use difficult words in the Specialties, not in the Summary! “I am an MBA, CISSP, CISA, ITIL expert with a specialization in cloud computing.” Say what? Exactly! How many people will read on?
- Write abbreviations and the full names of your technical terms in the Specialties, e.g. WDMP, Wealth Dynamics Master Practitioner
April 21, 2010
Most people already know that I am a Certified LinkedIn Trainer and with Networking Coach we are really helping a lot of people with getting more results by using LinkedIn.
So, I thought, it might be a good idea to start sharing some interesting tips on LinkedIn. Now, why would I do it all by myself if LinkedIn has their own clip on YouTube clip to show it to you 🙂
March 5, 2009
“How to REALLY use LinkedIn“ is Jan Vermeiren‘s new book. And it’s a great book! I have read it and encourage you to read it too…
Why did Jan write this book? Well most people are asking the same question over and over again : “I have a Profile on LinkedIn and some connections, but I don’t know why I should use this website and how to use it in an effective and efficient way.” As the title suggests, Jan gives profound insights on how to really use LinkedIn 🙂
So what’s this book really about? Next to expert talk about networking Jan also gives you basics stategies on how to build your network fast. On top of that he shares several advanced strategies and little know, but very interesting features and behaviour of LinkedIn. Of course, he trows in several extra tips and tools to get the most out of your LinkedIn experience! Table of Contents?
Here is my testimonial : “How to REALLY use LinkedIn” is stimulating, enjoyable and informative. Jan excels at sharing valuable, pragmatic knowledge in this book. I found it to be very helpful, even for seasoned networkers or experienced LinkedIn users, like myself. I recommend this book to better understand the sound principles of networking and to learn more about the amazing power of LinkedIn. It truly is the best LinkedIn book on the planet!”
The book will be launched on the 17th of March, but here’s additonal good news : you can enroll for a FREE webinar on “How to REALLY use LinkedIn” in Dutch or in English. Enroll now! Yes, I’ll be hosting both webinars, so that Jan can really focus on delivering maximum value for you! You can even ask questions “LIVE”!
If that is not enough, you can also download a “light” version of “How to REALLY use LinkedIn“ for FREE!
Lifehacker & Life Coach
PS: In case you were wondering : here are the LinkedIn profiles of Jan and me. Let’s connect 🙂