Here is an important issue with LinkedIn. If your profile does not show that you are currently employed, you cannot reach “All-Start” status. That’s right. You now have two choices. If you are recently unemployed, you can let your profile show that you are currently employed at your last company for a few months.
If you have been unemployed for over six months, you may create a consulting firm as your current employer or you can show that you are volunteering at a non-profit organization or other company. In either case, it is vitally important that you have a complete profile. If your profile is other than “All Start” you will be visible to only your first level connections and may not be visible to recruiters
✔ LinkedIn Don’t Do:
- Do not show the years that you graduated from college.
- Do not show your marital status.
- Do not show the months of your employment, only the years.
- Do not imbed your resume into your LinkedIn profile.
- Never put your email address or your telephone number in your professional headline. LinkedIn will penalize you and you will not show up in recruiter searches.
After you have completed your profile, go back to your account settings and allow your network to see any updates going forward. Congratulations! You now should have a complete “All Star” LinkedIn profile.
✔ Start contacting your professional references. You will need two managers, two peers and two subordinates. Former customers are good, also. Make sure they are totally comfortable being your references. Character references are not required.
“There was a story going around about the Special Olympics. For the hundred-yard dash, there were nine contestants, all of them so-called physically or mentally disabled. All nine of them assembled at the starting line and, at the sound of the gun, they took off. But one little boy didn’t get very far. He stumbled and fell and hurt his knee and began to cry.
The other eight children heard the boy crying. They slowed down, turned around, and ran back to him–every one of them ran back to him. The little boy got up, and he and the rest of the runners linked their arms together and joyfully walked to the finish line.
They all finished the race at the same time. And when they did, everyone in the stadium stood up and clapped and whistled and cheered for a long, long time. And you know why? Because deep down we know that what matters in this life is more than winning for ourselves. What really matters is helping others win, too, even if it means slowing down and changing our course now and then.” – Fred Rogers