More than 500 million people have already joined LinkedIn – and two new members are signing up each second - so if you haven't created a profile already, what are you waiting for?
The first step is easy, but makes a huge difference – just upload a profile picture! Members love to see who they’re connecting with, and putting a face with the name on your profile makes it more approachable and engaging. Plus, adding a photo will increase the number of messages and profile views you receive – a photo makes your profile 14 times more likely to be viewed.
Add your Industry and Skills – It is essential to choose the right industry when creating your profile, as it enables prospective employers and peers to find you. Then, add a list of your skills. Members with at least 5 skills listed are found up to 27 times more by recruiters. Your skills don’t have to relate directly to your title, either – if you’re talented at public speaking or photography, include those, too – you never know when those skills will come in handy.
Add more information – your skills and abilities are only one indication of your accomplishment. List your education history and degrees, awards you’ve won, volunteer groups you’re involved in, languages you speak, and interests you have. The more detail included the more impressive your profile looks and the more attention it will generate.
Ensure that your job history is up-to-date – this will provide further details as to what you’re capable of, and can indicate to recruiters whether you’d be interested in a new position.
Connect with others – build your LinkedIn network by connecting with other users. You can connect with your peers, coworkers, friends and bosses, and so create a professional online network. Promote endorsements and use invitations to create further connections with other Linkedin users.
Observe other profiles – what would you add to another person’s profile? What ideas could you apply to your own? Looking at other profiles can help shape what you want yours to look like. (Take a look at the one below for some inspiration!)
Import your profile to ChefNetwork – once you’ve completed your Linkedin profile, you can upload the information directly to your ChefNetwork account.