LinkedIn is a professional networking site. It enables you to stay in touch with those you know professionally and create new connections in the industry you are interested in. Often, employers and recruiters post jo openings on this site as well as do background checks on prospective employees. Here are tips on how you can optimize your profile to enable you to get a job using LinkedIn.

Highlight current skills and objectives

Explain in great detail, what your skills and past professionals engagements are. Employers will be able to tell whether the skills you possess match those that they are looking for.

Update your headline

Search results will show your picture, name and headline. Besides your name and picture, the headline gives will give the first glimpse into who you are. Thus, it has to be outstanding. Do not settle for something bland, write something that will make you stand out from the rest.

Include a photo

Including a photo of yourself makes you more approachable. A LinkedIn blog reveals that profiles with photos attached to them are 14 times more likely to be viewed as compared to those that do not have photos. If you want to be visible, a good photo is the way to go. And no, you can not post that cute snap of you and your crew having a wild night down at The Tav.

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Follow the organizations you want to work with

LinkedIn allows you to follow the companies that you wish to work with. You will be in they know if they have an opening. You can also follow the individual recruiters and build a rapport with them, so when an opportunity comes up, you will be the first on their minds.

Seek recommendations

You are more likely to buy a highly reviewed product or app over a product that has no reviews. Apply the same concept with LinkedIn. Ask your former employers or people you have worked with previously to give you recommendations. It will build the trust of prospective employees.

Build a portfolio

Instead of just including your skills, upload a few of your past and current high-quality work.