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LinkedIn Tip #3- Recommendations

The recommendations sections should include current or previous co-worker’s and supervisor’s thoughts on your professional abilities. The default setting in LinkedIn tells you that your profile is complete after receiving three recommendations. Most career coaches suggest having between five and ten good recommendations. Be sure to reach out to former and current co workers and supervisors so they can recommend you on LinkedIn.

When you request recommendations, provide a bulleted list of your skills, strengths, and services so people will write a more accurate account of how well you performed your job and not say something generic like, “She’s good at what she does”.

It is also recommended that you write a recommendation for those who complete one on your behalf.


LinkedIn Tip #2-Profile Picture

It is important to have a professional headshot photo for your LinkedIn profile. Generally, recruiters will not spend time on your LinkedIn profile if you don’t have a profile picture. According to LinkedIn, profiles that include a photo are 21 times more likely to be viewed than those without one. Make sure you have a professional profile photo, be sure to use a neutral background for the picture, and wear business formal attire for most industries. It’s worth paying a professional photographer to make your photo look more professional.

The more recent the photo, the better. Some people leave their profile picture up for years. When you’re setting up a meeting for coffee or an interview, you want to be the person the other person has seen in your profile photo, not someone who looks vastly different.