How to Improve Your LinkedIn Profile

//How to Improve Your LinkedIn Profile

How to Improve Your LinkedIn Profile

With the rise of LinkedIn, some may say that the resume has gone by the wayside. Of course, that is a bit of an overstatement, but increasingly LinkedIn profiles are what really matter. In some respects, your LinkedIn profile acts as a living resume and construction project list that is easily available online for recruiters and potential employers to see. What can you do improve your LinkedIn profile and make it more likely that you’ll get contacted by a recruiter or hiring manager? Here are a few tips to improve your LinkedIn profile.

Complete Your Profile

Make sure you have a completed profile. Many users fill in the most important information but leave out what they deem less important. Having a completed profile shows you have perseverance and are committed to your career. Most everyone fills out the work experience and education sections. The accomplishments, interests, and volunteer experience sections are the areas that are most often left blank. Accomplishments in particular, are an important area to complete because you can showcase the achievements you have had in your career as well as continuing education and certificates.

Proofread, Proofread, Proofread

Make sure your profile is free of punctuation mistakes and grammatical errors. Check for spelling, tense, and agreement first, as these are the most common blunders. Proofreading is extremely important because it shows you have attention to detail. Also make sure that the punctuation is uniform. It also helps if you vary the length of the sentences. Using bullet points is also helpful since they make it easier to read, especially since most recruiters and hiring managers will be scanning the profile.

Include the Details

Use as many examples as you can in your descriptions — i.e. a project that you delivered under budget. Instead of just listing your former job duties, illustrate your achievements. How did you make money for the company, save money for the company, or improve processes and procedures for the company? Be specific about what your role included and how those tasks affected the company. Employers want to be able to envision how you can contribute to their company.

Consider Organization

If you worked for a firm, you want to list the name of the firm first, then, underneath the title, list the roles that you had and the projects that you worked on. This will show that the projects were under one umbrella— i.e. not a job hopper. It is a clear organizational structure that every recruiter and hiring manager will recognize and be able to follow. Also, include multi-media elements, such as photos and videos to show additional detail of each project.

These are just a few simple steps you can take to make your LinkedIn profile an effective tool for hiring managers and recruiters to learn more about you. Following these tips can help you complete your profile and keep it up to date for an impressive online presence.

 

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By | 2019-09-09T18:38:13-04:00 September 10th, 2019|Construction Blog|

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The Birmingham Group has been serving the construction industry since 1967. Brian Binke took over the firm in 1995 and since that time, he has personally placed over 1200 construction managers and senior leaders, with company revenues ranging from $10 million dollars to the largest ENR 400 companies in the industry. Brian is an industry innovator, with a specialized skillset in construction. His keen understanding of business, the construction industry, and ability to effectively match and recruit top leaders has led to many accolades. He was ranked the #1 International Billing Owner in the construction industry for his own personal production and has been consistently recognized as one of the Top 10 International Billing Owners out of 800 owners worldwide. This includes owners across every industry. In 2013, Brian was awarded the #1 International Billing Owner within the entire network. For over two decades, Brian has been considered one of the most influential thought leaders in the construction industry. His business and construction knowledge are used as a resource for some of the nation’s most prominent publications. In the past year alone, Brian has been quoted in or authored articles for The Wall Street Journal, CBS News, MoneyWatch, Construction Today, ConstructionDive, United Rentals, Fast Company, Entrepreneur Magazine, American Express, Builder Magazine, and Human Resource Executive, among others. "I believe companies are a lot like sports teams. The team with the best players usually wins. It is my passion to deliver the absolute best talent to my client companies – the market’s top performers, the talent that every company wants to hire but which seldom seems available. To put it simply, I thrive on helping my clients build their Dream Team." - Brian Binke, The Birmingham Group
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