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Crafting an online presence to help your career – Part 2: LinkedIn

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Conducting a Social Media Audit, Part 2
Part 1:
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In a previous article we examined your Google presence and social media accounts from the perspective of an employer. Now we’re going to consider LinkedIn, your most important social media account when it comes to your career.

Evaluate Your LinkedIn Presence

LinkedIn is likely your most visible employment-related social media profile, and you should spend some time making sure that it represents you well.

Answer these questions:

You also want to make sure that your LinkedIn profile meets the site’s definitions of “profile completeness.” LinkedIn has its own criteria for “profile completeness,” which has changed somewhat over time. To be considered “complete” by LinkedIn’s standards, you need these items in your LinkedIn profile:

Having a strong LinkedIn network is also important, so you need to assess the strength of your network. While LinkedIn only requires 50 connections to be “complete,” you need to grow your network beyond this. You should have a minimum of 100 connections; however, the more connections you have, the better LinkedIn will work for you.

See If There Are Any Gaps

While it’s not necessary to have accounts on multiple social media platforms, you need to identify if there are any industry-specific or job-specific social media accounts you need to have in order to boost your credibility as a candidate.

How do you know what profession-specific social media presence you need? Ask colleagues. Google others in your profession and see what social media platforms they use. Inquire of your professional association contacts. Read industry trade journals and see what apps and websites are mentioned.

Assess Your Total Social Media Presence

The final step is to ensure consistency across all your social media profiles. For example, consider using the same professional photo on all your social media accounts (especially LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook) so it’s easy for the prospective employer to see that it is your profile.

Go back to Step One and Google yourself again, and continue to do that weekly and see how your results change as you pay more attention to building and maintaining your social media profiles.

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