6 Things You Need To Remove From Your LinkedIn
LinkedIn has become the pinnacle of career-focussed social networking, having ticked over 500-million users earlier this year.
With so many users, it’s important your profile is in good shape before applying for a new job – with LinkedIn being one of the first search results when you google someone’s name.
When was the last time you updated your details or did a clean out of unnecessary info? Here are six things you need to ditch from your profile ASAP.
Accomplishments that aren’t that great
I’m not saying that being blessed and honoured with the thankless task of sports captain in high school isn’t a fine accomplishment, but once you’re in your 20s it’s probs not appropriate for your professional resume.
The best advice here is to consider what kind of achievements or accolades would be commended in your specific field. If you’re seeking a job in finance, your potential employers maybe don’t need to know that you’re the reigning hot dog eating champ in your town.
Go through your accomplishments and consider which ones might be best in the bin – unnecessary or irrelevant achievements just muddy the waters.
While it may seem silly to begin frantically backspacing all the nice things people have said about you, consider whether or not it matters what your mum’s best mate Jane has to say when you’re bidding for an internship at a swanky law firm?
The answer is probably not – take a look back on all the recommendations you’ve received or included in your profile and consider giving them the flick. If your recommendations are all blasts from the past, get in contact with your most recent employers and ask them for a written reference to include instead.
An out-dated or unprofessional profile picture
There’s no denying that having professional photos taken is the pits. So of course you celebrate it when, just once in your life, the camera snatches you from the right angle and you don’t look a garbage monster – in fact maybe you’re even feeling yourself a little.
Time however is a funny thing and unfortunately that snap has an expiry date. Try not to rock up to the interview looking nothing like your pic (don’t let this interview turn into an awkward tinder date) – update that picture.
Similarly, make sure your photo is professional. They say dress for the job you want – take that instruction into the digital sphere and make sure you present yourself well in your DP.
If you’re gunning for a professional position, it’s for the best if your pic doesn’t feature you downing some beers or having awkwardly cropped out the person next to you. A front-on picture in a nice button up or blouse is more than appropriate.
Lastly in regards to photos – it’s no longer the early ‘00s, so pixelated or blurry images are a no go. If the image looks like it was taken with a potato, sub it out for a better one.
Third person writing
Unless you have a personal assistant who completes all of your most tedious tasks, it’s no secret that you wrote your own bio. If it’s in third person: firstly, how dare you? Secondly, what is wrong with you?
Just pranking, but it can read a little strangely. Not only does writing in first person come across as more conversational and personal in tone, but also chances are your potential employers won’t think you’re a sociopath. Again, totally kidding – kind of.
LinkedIn gives you the chance to include your personal info: like hobbies, marital status and handles for your socials. Your relationship status is never relevant info, and honestly, the others probably aren’t either. If you’re ever unsure whether or not something is relevant just give it a miss.
Do you really want to include your Twitter or Instagram on your online resume? You can never be truly sure what skeletons lie in the archives – besides, if your socials are barely used or exclusively for live tweeting reality TV, ditch them.
Skills that you don’t actually have
There is no such thing as lying on your resume – these are just extended versions of the truth, right?
Except once you get the job based on your supposed ability to manage payroll, you might find yourself in an embarrassing situation.
Consider which skills can get the chop, or alternatively figure out how to get the skills you’re claiming to have.
There you have it – go forth and slay your next job interview with your now killer online resume, sure to get you the job of your dreams.
Bradley is Sydney-based writer who enjoys travel, Tina Fey and is a connoisseur of cheap red wine.