Post Author: Mic Johnson
I love Spring. Optimism is in the air. The buds are starting to appear on the trees. Flowers are blooming. The grass is greening up. Kids are out playing. People (and dogs as you can see from my buddy Hinrich below) are thrilled to be able to get outside and get some exercise. And of course our American League Champion Kansas City Royals are getting ready for Opening Day at the K!
Spring is also a great time for cleaning…closets, garages, storage rooms, and more. We all need to get rid of the physical and emotional baggage from winter and start preparing for a season full of warmer weather.
So with so much optimism in the air, I wanted to share 3 LinkedIn Profile Spring Cleaning Tips to help take your profile to the next level:
1. Upload A New Photo
When was the last time you updated your LinkedIn photo? If it’s been more than a year, either get a professional photo taken or have someone take a picture of you with their smartphone. It’s as simple as that.
2. Personalize Your Professional Headline
Your professional headline (which appears just to the right of your photo) doesn’t just have to have your job title. Attorney. Sales Manager. Accountant. CEO. Those are just titles. Humanize your professional headline with some personality and things that make you are who you are. Take a look at mine and Jason’s to get ideas.
3. Write (or review) Your Summary
I often look someone up on LinkedIn and am let down when I see that they never took the time to write a Summary. A well written Summary is your opportunity to “welcome” people to your LinkedIn profile and share your professional story with them. It’s also completely fine (and encouraged) to include a little bit about your passions and interests outside of work. Again, it’s about humanizing your profile and making sure it educates visitors to your profile about your personal and professional journey.
I hope these tips have been helpful. Have a wonderful Spring!