Latest Update: February 08, 2013
Retweet This Page: Often I get asked what are the best practices in creating a compelling Linkedin Profile. My answer is that it depends on the target audience. Are you aiming to get hired or are you aiming to build a large network.
Did you ever wanted to know how attractive your profile is compared to others. Here is the opportunity for you to do an anonymous benchmark against other linkedin profiles.
Here is already a list that I compiled.
Hurray! I have one of the top 1% most viewed @LinkedIn profiles for 2012. http://www.linkedin.com/pub/profile/1/040/20b?trk=200li
New: Lindsey Pollak. The Global Spokesperson for Linkedin. She is an author, consultant, speaker and recognized expert on next generation career and workplace trends.
Chris Brogan The leading expert on social media and trust.
Dan Schawbel The leading expert on personal branding.
1) Guy Kawasaki Profile is the most visited on Linkedin. Guy recieved advise from Linkedin on his Profile makeover
2) Olivier Taupin. He is the founder of the largest group in Linkedin: Linkedin HR.
3) Ron Bates is the most connected person on Linkedin
4) Steven Burda has received the most recommendations on Linkedin.
5) Peter Palme: Consulted well known Headhunters for his profile makeover
6) Jason Alba – who wrote the must have book: I’m on LinkedIn–Now What??? (Second Edition): A Guide to Getting the Most Out of LinkedIn
Following a list compiled by Deb Dib Executive Coach of exellent Linkedin in Profiles: http://www.job-hunt.org/executive-job-search/linkedin-for-executives.shtml
8 )Paul Mullen
9) Meg Guiseppi
10) Paul Copcutt
11) Deb Dib
12) David Nesbitt
13) Mark Treshock
Please keep sending interesting profiles to share.
14) Paul Smith: His underlying thoughts when creating his profile where:
“As someone with a strong visual preference I decided to structure information about my job experience into 3 sections for each job:
* “Soundbite” type headline
* Contextual descrition about the job – to set the context for the * points
* Bullet points / achievements – trying to keep the * to the line….. ”
15) Another excellent profile I have just viewed is from Peter Osborne
He puts great emphasis on the catch line in the title – what is your true intend or mission instead of the job position and second he emphasizes his contribution in his summary – what he can do for the viewer of his profile.
A different view is:
Stop Using 16 Terms to Describe Yourself
Jeff Haden uses a great example and describes in his articles 16 terms not use anymore:
“Picture this. You meet someone new. “What do you do?” she asks.
“I’m an architect,” you say.
“Oh, really?” she answers. “Have you designed any buildings I’ve seen?”
“Possibly,” you reply. “We did the new student center at the university…”
“Oh wow,” she says. “That’s a beautiful building…”
Without trying — without blowing your own horn — you’ve made a great impression.
Now picture this. You meet someone new. “What do you do?” he asks.
“I’m a passionate, innovative, dynamic provider of architectural services with a collaborative approach to creating and delivering outstanding world-class client and user experiences.”
All righty then.
Do you describe yourself differently – on your website, promotional materials, or especially on social media – than you do in person? Do you use cheesy clichés and overblown superlatives and breathless adjectives?
Do you write things about yourself you would never have the nerve to actually say?”
Join the Group: World’s Best Business Schools on Linkedin
As I am a big believer in the wisdom of the crowds I created a rating site for Linkedin Profiles on Google Moderator. Vote on any of the Profiles listed plus submit your own suggestions and spread the word to the crowd. Let’s see who are the role models of the best linkedin profiles.
I am looking for the profile with the most calls from headhunters in the last 6 to 12 month. Please leave a comment or submit to the rating site.
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Vermeiren, Jan: How to REALLY use LinkedIn”
Bill, Vick;Walsh, Des: Happy About LinkedIn for Recruiting (2nd Edition): The Roadmap for Recruiters using LinkedIn”
Schawbel, Dan: Me 2.0: Build a Powerful Brand to Achieve Career Success
Brogan,Chris (NYT Bestseller): Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust
Brogan,Chris: Make Your Linkedin Profile Work For You