Share On Facebook
Share On Twitter
Share On Google Plus
Share On Linkdin
Contact us
Categories Menu

How smart freshers use LinkedIn to land their dream jobs

Posted by on Oct 9, 2015 in All Articles, Custom Post | 2 comments

Author: Vipin Jain

Published on: Oct 20, 2015

How smart freshers use LinkedIn to land their dream jobs

Is your presence in the digital world limited to social networks?

Many of us are permanent residents on social networks such as Facebook, twitter and Instagram. However, when it comes to LinkedIn, the professional network, most freshers do not share the same enthusiasm.

If you aren’t familiar with LinkedIn until now, it’s time you acquaint yourself with this one-of-a-kind network used by professionals all over the world – to market themselves and make meaningful connec
tions. Everybody, from CEOs of multinational organizations to students and interns, are using the medium to their advantage.

Well, you can too. With an effective LinkedIn profile, you can make yourself visible to potential recruiters, build and maintain your network, and even establish yourself as a thought leader within your industry.

Listed below are a few essential pointers towards building a strong LinkedIn Profile.

  1. A complete profile
    The more comprehensive your profile is, the more credible your professional identity will be. In addition, it also improves your search rankings within LinkedIn. Filling in your professional qualifications, experience and writing a to-the-point summary is only a start.Remember, this is an opportunity to showcase detailed professional information about yourself that you cannot fit on your resume. Add volunteering experiences, internships, online courses you have done, certifications, research work, and other relevant information.
    Of course, you don’t have to complete every minute detail right at the moment you create your profile, but you should keep working towards a profile that’s as complete a representation of your professional identity as possible.
  2. A personalized profile URL
    Your default profile URL consists of LinkedIn URL suffixed with is a random string. For example it may appear as, You can, however, customize your profile URL. To do this, go to Settings > Edit Public Profile > Customize Your Public Profile URL. You should pick a name, which tells the most about you. For example you can set your profile URL as,
  3. A professional picture
    Repeat it aloud. Three times. “NO MIRROR SELFIES”. The same goes for pictures of pets and sunsets. Save these for your Facebook, and go for professional quality headshots for LinkedIn. It’s all about presenting yourself at your best, in a way that appropriately describes your role in your industry.The cover photo is equally important. A good power photo captures attention immediately, sets the tone for the rest of your profile, and draws in the viewer.
  4. LinkedIn Badges
    LinkedIn offers profile badges that can be used to promote your LinkedIn profile to the world, through your website, or your blog.To find these badges, go to ‘Settings’ and then click ‘Edit your public profile’. To the right, you will see ‘Profile Badges’. Click on ‘Create a profile badge’ will bring you to another page where you can choose from the many badges available.
  5. Be an active member of LinkedIn Groups
    LinkedIn provides the facility to create groups that can be leveraged by professionals having similar interests to share knowledge and experience. Several such Professional Groups have evolved on LinkedIn.You can join groups that are of interest to you. This will not only help you gain knowledge from experienced people in the group, but will also help in networking. As you gain experience you
    can also share your knowledge and experience in the group thus enhancing your profile within the group.
  6. Personalized LinkedIn Invitations
    When trying to make a connection with someone on LinkedIn, the invitation email always has the default text: “I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn. – ”. But why not stand out, by personalizing your invitation to connect?For example, you can edit the connection request message to read, “Hi Mr. Ashish, I would like to discuss a job opening with you. Can you please accept this invite to connect? Thanks – Vipin.”
  7. Making a multimedia profile
    LinkedIn recently has added several applications that let you post your presentations, blogs and videos on your profile. These can be used to greatly enhance your profile.For instance, you can add your WordPress blog if you are a blogger. Or you could use SlideShare to embed your presentations or videos in your profile.
  8. Letting people know that you have a LinkedIn profile
    Email is the most preferred way of communication across the globe. A great way to tell others about your profile is to add your LinkedIn profile URL within your email signature. This indirectly increases the exposure to your LinkedIn profile, helping you to make connections.For example your email signature could look like this:Vipin Jain

    QA Lead
    Mobile: +91 XXXXXXXXXX
    Twitter: vipin_QAYou can also refer to your LinkedIn profile in your resume.

  9. Recommendations and Endorsements
    Recommendations mean a lot. Do not be shy to ask for recommendations from your co-workers, your boss, your customer, and even your college professors. It is best to ask via email or personally, to let them know how much their references would mean to you.In addition, others in your network can endorse you for certain skills. The skills you are endorsed for by others are also an important factor in your search visibility.
  10. Update your profile regularly and be active
    Besides these, remember that constantly updating your LinkedIn profile with your latest projects, writing blogs, optimising your professional summary, having meaningful conversations on groups, will help increase your visibility, credibility and your professional network.
  11. Avoid spelling mistakes
    Job hunters and other professionals who look at your profile may be put off if they find that your profile is full of grammatical and spelling errors. Make sure you do not have such errors. A good impression lasts long!
  12. Do not put in wrong information
    It’s a professional world. You can’t boast about what you have not done. No one would appreciate if you put wrong information in your profile. Remember, it is very easy to check the correctness of the information you put in the profile. It may negatively impact your career if you are found to be non-ethical and untrustworthy.

If you’d like some inspiration, take a look at Jeff Hodgkinson who is the owner of what many consider the best profile on LinkedIn! When you’re done going through his intricately detailed yet interesting profile, you are sure to understand why an effective LinkedIn profile can make or break your career.

Related Articles

  • Compete Online to learn and get hiredCompete Online to learn and get hired Online Challenges, a new hiring paradigm in the software industry. It is a well known fact that software industry is one of the biggest recruiters of fresh talent coming out of engineering colleges. However it is equally well known that 75% or more aspiring engineers do not get hired by the software companies because they lack the required skills. The competition gets stiffer when […]
  • Improving skills through Online CoursesImproving skills through Online Courses Move beyond the traditional classrooms to the world of online courses to gain specialized skills.  In this competitive world we are under constant pressure to improve our skills or to learn new skills to perform better in the current role and also to prepare for the next role. Most of the institutes that we attend for graduate and postgraduate courses give us the basic education […]
  • The Toolkit of a Data Scientist, a.k.a. the magic wand of Harry Potter :DThe Toolkit of a Data Scientist, a.k.a. the magic wand of Harry Potter :D Data Science has never been more appealing as a career option than now. Says who? Says the Harvard Business Review, just to name one. There has been an extreme proliferation of the Internet in most of our lives. It has been estimated that 42.4% (3079 million people) of the entire world's population was already on the Internet by Dec 2014 and the number is projected to rise steeply, […]
  • The Demand for SEO is exploding. How can you become an SEO Expert?The Demand for SEO is exploding. How can you become an SEO Expert? With the proliferation of Internet connectivity and mobile devices people are increasingly using the web to not only search for products, services and information but also to conduct commercial and social transactions. This has led to the development of whole new field of digital marketing that aims to leverage the web, social networks and other digital media to promote products and […]
  • How to build a career in User ExperienceHow to build a career in User Experience UX, or User Experience is something we hear about all the time nowadays. Yes, it is one of the hottest skills right now! We live in a world where people interact with interfaces of all kinds – and the ability to craft the best possible experience for the user is indeed a prized skill. 1. What is User Experience? Simply put, User Experience is all about creating beautiful […]


  1. Really helpful article for job search, nice composition!

    • Thank you! We love to see you again and again.

Post a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *