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Here are a few classic mistakes people make with your LinkedIn profile.

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I thought I would do a video about mistakes people make that are really easy to fix that affect their LinkedIn profile, that affect how people see them, perceive them, hurt you, and it just needs to be cleared it up. Okay? So here are a couple of things that, I think, make a lot of sense for you to clean up.
So, the first thing is the email address that's associated with your profile. Most of you may have seen videos I've done where I tell you that in the summary area for your LinkedIn profile while you're job hunting, you put the email address that you're associated with or your email address. . . Let me put it that way. The reason I say that is because like $15 to $20 for them to send you an inMail. So why make it so hard?
Just give them the address. Let them contact you. If you feel so bold, put your phone number there, too. And before you do that, in case you're connected to people you currently work with, simply go to the privacy settings, turn off notifications that relate to contacting people in your network about changes to your profile. That's the easiest way to do it. So that's the mistake number one thing.
Number two is misspellings or grammar errors. There is no reason whatsoever to have a spelling error in your LinkedIn profile. There's no reason to have a grammar error. Type it out in Word beforehand. Run it through a spell check and grammar check. Copy it in. I believe even in LinkedIn, it'll point that misspellings. Pay attention, okay?
Another thing that people do is have a lengthy list of weird hobbies. So, the fact that you like coffee, that you like to chill and that you enjoy Netflix or Amazon Prime, they don't care; if anything, it makes you seem strange. Now, if you're in a market that's digitally oriented where this is your audience, okay? Leave it. If you're dealing with a corporate user, get rid of it. And, in much the same way as I always tell people, lots of kid pictures, particularly the profile picture or the one with you and your partner or spouse, no This is about you.
The tuxedo shot. The ballroom dress shot is also bad form.Get rid of those. Put a real headshot on there. Pay a professional photographer to do it could just make sense. Also, for those of you who are more experienced, I know you really care about things you did in 1998. But, the employer doesn't and it just this suggests that you're old. So, start pruning the old material. Cut back. You don't want to be found for work that you did 20 some odd years ago, do you? You wouldn't want to be going back and doing that work again, would you? Prune it back. Emphasize the last 7 to 10 years of your career that really makes the most sense.
Also, in terms of the language that you use, my my pet peeve (and there are other words that go along with this) is when you describe yourself as "a visionary leader," you are not visionary. You're deluding yourself. And if you think that anyone believes you're a visionary leader, only people who are not visionary describe themselves as a visionary person. Trust me. It's just an obnoxious thing for you to do.
Last thing I'm going to bring up. No one wants to get involved with politics on LinkedIn. Your political activism is irrelevant. Get rid of it. All you do is risk offending the other half of the population that you care about professionally, no one talks politics. Keep it out of your LinkedIn profile.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1300 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. JobSearchTV.com was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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