LinkedIn Profile Tips: Mistakes That Can Cost You a Job

In today’s technological world, your LinkedIn profile needs to be crisp, focused, and impressive to both potential employers and co-workers. Avoid profile traps that could easily sink your job prospects.

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LinkedIn tip: don’t skip the profile picture

“Your photo is your virtual handshake, so upload a photo that fits your role as a professional, but also makes you accessible,” says Catherine Fisher, a LinkedIn career expert based in San Francisco. “Professionals who include a profile photo receive up to 21 times more profile views.” And don’t forget to stay professional, adds Fisher. Unless you’re a vet, a photo with your cat is probably not the best choice. Here’s how to take a LinkedIn photo that makes you look as trustworthy as possible.

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LinkedIn tip: don’t skimp on your work history

Your LinkedIn profile will be viewed up to 29 times more often if you list multiple past positions, and visual aids can really help. “Illustrate your history and unique professional accomplishments by adding visual elements such as compelling images, videos and innovative presentations to your experience section,” says Fisher. “Show, don’t say! “

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