A lot of potential employers and recruiters use LinkedIn to search for suitable candidates for a particular position, but the problem is that sometimes some members don’t really know what they’re doing. This is especially obvious when they get a look at some LinkedIn profiles. Some are full of mistakes that instantly leave the members out of consideration.
Here are the common mistakes found in LinkedIn profiles:
- It’s full of misspellings and typographical errors. Just because LinkedIn doesn’t have an automatic spellchecker doesn’t excuse this kind of mistakes. Some costly mistakes involve company names and job titles, and some even involve mistakes with the name of the member! If you’re creating your LinkedIn profile, take the time to proofread!
- There’s no picture. All the studies indicate that your profile will be more likely to get clicked if it has your picture on it. And don’t put in a personal picture, with perhaps you and your romantic partner. This isn’t Facebook, you know.
- Vague or outdated title. Don’t let your profile mark you as a student when you’re already employed. And while you should be honest, you should also be descriptive. If you really are a student, put in your major and the name of your university in your title (example: Electrical Engineering major in MIT).
- No summary. This is actually the most important part of your profile. It’s what is used if you want your profile to come up in search results. That’s why you have to take great care in putting all the right keywords in this section.
While these mistakes are all easily corrected, some people simply may not have the ability or even the patience for this sort of thing. Given the importance of a LinkedIn profile, if you can’t help making these mistakes you should really consider having a professional create your profile for you.