Things That Destroy Your LinkedIn Profile
Technologies have simplified the way of creating a resume for an applicant, as well as the searching process for recruiters and potential employers. One of the most effective and easy-to-use ways is creating a LinkedIn profile. It is about your resume being accessible all the time and to all the employers. LinkedIn may enrich your job offers significantly only if you know what to put on it in order not to scare recruiters. Let’s see the “enemies” of your online resume that can make it less professional.
Inappropriate profile picture
For sure, appearance shouldn’t be a priority when it comes to the hiring process. Like it happens quite often in real life, it plays not the second violin in this hiring game. If you look unprofessional on your LinkedIn photo, grinning, or with a cat on the background, the chances are that such a picture will repel the potential recruiters. If that is not what you desire, then keep an eye on your picture as it should reflect your professional side as well as be up-to-date.
Once you created a profile, remember that time changes as well as your experience. The most common mistake is to keep present tense for your previous roles and positions. When applying for a new job, correct the information on your LinkedIn profile, in such a way ensuring that a person who will look through your information, will get a clear impression of the whole history of your employments.
Too much of previous experiences
All of us want to show in the resume how skillful and professional we are, but looking smart doesn’t mean writing all of your possible work experience over the 20 years. Your previous roles could be versatile and quite valuable to your eye but what a skillful recruiter is looking for, doesn’t need to be too prolix. Usually, LinkedIn users are recommended to stick to 10 years of describing previous roles. This will give the recruiter a necessary insight into your professional matters and will help your resume look smart and laconic.
Getting too personal
Yes, LinkedIn provides the opportunity to include personal things, like hobbies, or your marital status, or your twitter name. Is it really essential to create your work image? The answer is no. Your personal life is not relevant to your employer as well as your hobbies. Of course, including something like, for example, “doing karate” might help you if your recruiter would be interested in karate and he/she might think “wow, that must be a cool guy, just like me”. However, in most cases, it’s simply unnecessary and useless. By the way, your twitter is another way to get an impression of you as an employer. So, if you tweet things for fun, it's better to avoid mentioning your Twitter name on the profile.
These are the most widespread “killers” of the first impression of your online resume. Find a moment to look through your LinkedIn profile and make sure you get rid of them.