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Your LinkedIn Profile: A Movable Fete!

Your LinkedIn profile is a business networking platform and profile marketing tool!! If you don’t like where a section on your profile is, just MOVE it! What, you didn’t know that you can move most sections of your LinkedIn profile? Eighty per cent of the people on LinkedIn have no idea that just about every section on LinkedIn can be rearranged. And even sections within some of the sections they can also be moved.

Let’s start with the main sections of your LinkedIn profile. Yes you can move your summary, skills, experience, volunteer experience, education, organizations, certifications, courses, honors and awards, languages, publications, projects, and additional information. The question is which section do you want where?

To change the order of the sections on your profile page.
Move your cursor over Profile at the top of your homepage and select Edit Profile.
Move your cursor over the section you’d like to move, then click and hold the Reorder Section icon in the top right.
Drag the section to a new location.
Release the Reorder Section icon to drop the section into place.

Most people start off with their summary section to give the profile viewer a snapshot of your profile where you tell them who you are, what you do and how you help them. Now the LinkedIn default is to place your experience next. But do not ever use any LinkedIn default setting. So this gives you an opportunity to move this section of your profile.

So why would you want to move sections of your profile? If you are in business this would give you an opening statement to place your summary at the top of your LinkedIn profile. You could follow this up by the experience you have had regarding the experience and accomplishments you need to solve a client’s problems. After the experience you can place the skills section with its endorsements from others for social proof of your success.

If you are in job search you also may start with the SUMMARY SECTION and use that in place of your elevator pitch. Make it an elongated version and tell recruiters what you do, what you have done in past work experience and how you will solve a new companies pain points. But the second section for job search should be your SKILLS SECTION because that is what recruiters and hiring managers are searching for. Make it easy for them to find your skills.

The EXPERIENCE SECTION if you have two or more current positions on LinkedIn can be rearranged.

1. Move your cursor over Profile at the top of your homepage and select Edit Profile.
2. Move your cursor over the position you’d like to rearrange.
3. Click and hold the Up/Down arrow to the right of your position name and drag it into the desired position.

Note: You can’t rearrange the order of past positions. Those will always appear with the most recent position held showing first.
Rearrange current positions

Recommendations, following, groups, companies, and schools and Pulse articles are not movable.

Another area that you can rearrange parts of is the EDUCATION SECTION.

1. Move your cursor over Profile at the top of your homepage and select Edit Profile.
2. Move your cursor over the education entry you’d like to rearrange.
3. Click and hold the Up/Down arrow to the right of your school name and drag it into the desired position.

Note: The first entry listed in the Education section appears in the box at the top of your profile. You can’t display more than one entry in the top box of your profile.

Next you can rearrange your publications.

Rearrange publication entries
1. Move your cursor over Profile at the top of your homepage and select Edit Profile.
2. Move your cursor over the publication you’d like to rearrange.
3. Click and hold the Up/Down arrow to the right of your publication title and drag it into the desired position.

You also can rearrange your whole volunteer section but then you can also rearrange the different volunteer activities within the section.

Finally the other movable section is the skills section.

To reorder the skills on your profile:
1. Move your cursor over Profile at the top of your homepage and select Edit Profile.
2. Scroll down to the Skills & Endorsements section and click anywhere in the box.
3. Move your cursor over the skill you’d like to move, then left click and drag to re-order. You can do this for each skill you’d like to reorder.
Click Save.

And finally you can move your endorsers, LinkedIn will allow users to change the order of which photos show up for a certain skill.

1. Edit your profile then scroll to skills
2. Then select “manage endorsements”
3. Select the skill that you want to reorder
4. Select the endorsers you want featured by un-checking their name
5. Then click save
6. Go back to edit and click (make a check) in the box next to the names you deleted and add them back
7. Click save and the most recent adds will show up

If I have missed any moves let me know and I can edit the article.

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Skills on LinkedIn, How to find them in the Alumni Function!

It used to be called Skills and Expertise section on your LinkedIn. Now it is called Skills and Endorsements. Whatever you call it you used to be able to sort through the different skills and select the ones that pertained to you and your industry.

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Now that LinkedIn has removed the skills and expertise section from the website, how do you add skills that pertain to you and the position you are looking for. One way that is available on LinkedIn is the alumni section. Alumni section?!

Here is what you do. Start at the toolbar at the top of your page. Scroll over the network section and there is a drop down. Select the “Find Alumni” choice. Click on it. You will now have the choices of not only the college(s) you went to but all colleges listed on LinkedIn profiles. You can use the search box for all colleges.

Select any college or university in the search box. The larger the university the better. Bigger demographics to filter. First select city for search, then select company, and finally profession. (IT, HR, or Marketing). You will then have to “arrow” to the right and there will be a list of skills in desending order of popularity for that position for that company.

Try this with several colleges and universities to see what the skills for this company are prevalent for your position. Add these skills to your LinkedIn profile to help you stand out for these keywords. So if you live in Chicago, want to work at Allstate, and are in Business administration and management these are the skills you should have on your profile.

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LinkedIn Now Allows You to Re-Arrange Your Skills and Expertise!

When you first selected your skill and expertise on LinkedIn you could put them in order of your preference. But once you started collecting endorsements LinkedIn automatically listed them in numerical order for you. You didn’t have a choice and once they started to accumulate you couldn’t strategically place the skills you wanted endorsements for.

That is no longer the case. LinkedIn just recently has allow users to re-arrange the order of their skills and expertise. Now if you want endorsements for certain skills you can now place them at the top of the list hoping your connections will take the hint and endorse you for those skills they see first.

When I do presentations for job seekers one the most often and frequent questions I get is if it is possible people to move their skills around so they can be endorsed for the skills they want to be recruited for. Up until this week the answer was no. Now, today, you can rearrange until your heart is content.

I want to add one thing about the endorsements. I found that your perception of skills and expertise may not be what others see you as. In my case I want to be endorsed for LinkedIn and LinkedIn training, but I have six times the endorsements for social media, social media marketing and social networking.

If your connections endorse you thank them. It gives you an opportunity to stay top of mind and maybe even return the favor. Better yet, pay it forward, and endorse one of your connections you may be paid back in kind. People like being recognized for their work.

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13 Things You Have To Do Every Week on LinkedIn!

 

One of the most important social media platforms for business is LinkedIn. So how do you stay top of mind with your connections on LinkedIn?

 

Here is a list of ideas to make you stand out from the crowd.

 

1) Share an article in your updates with others on LinkedIn, or in your groups, and even a connection that you think may benefit from reading it.

 

2) Use the contacts feature under the drop down for your network. Congratulate someone for landing a new job, wish them a Happy Birthday, or send them a note about an article they were mentioned in.

 

3) Endorse a connection for a skill or expertise. one that you have first-hand knowledge of for the work that they performed.

 

4) Recommendation, give one recommendation to someone you met this past week that is deserving of acknowledgement.

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5) Add a URL or a link to share on your profile

 

6) Review Group updates from the groups you are in. Check those groups that you receive only weekly updates to stay on top of your industry.

 

7) Add a comment or a post to one of the groups you are a member of.

 

8) Invite new connections that you have met networking

 

9) Add a company to those that you are following, receive news from an additional source.

 

10) Send a note to 3 connections that you haven’t had contact with in the past 6 months

 

11) If you own a group, then ask a question or start a poll to get answers for questions that you have about your job or industry.

 

12) Connection request, review,  either accept or ignore requests to connect from the past week.

 

13) Advance Search for people that you would like to connect with on LinkedIn.


Are you Managing your LinkedIn endorsements? Did you know

you CAN manage Your LinkedIn Endorsements? Yes, you now can

hide and unhide your endorsements. If you are in financial

planning you can list your skills and hide your endorsements.

So now when you edit your profile you can scroll down to skills

and expertise and click on the blue edit pencil.

This will give you three options, 1) add or remove a skill,

2) manage your endorsements, and 3) display your endorsements.

Number one, is obvious you can either add a new skill, or remove a skill that doesn’t generate any endorsements.

You can add up to 50 skills and endorsements. When you click on a skill it will give you a definition, profiles of

people on LinkedIn best representing that skill or expertise.

Number two, is managing your endorsements which allows you to show or hide any endorsements you have or you can hide

an individual endorser. But if you don’t want to show a specific skill you can hide all those people that endorsed

you for it. You can un-hide it a later date.

Number three, is display your endorsements which gives you two choices; Yes, show my endorsements or No, do not show

my endorsements. If you choose not to show endorsements the skills will still be visible on your profile but you

won’t have any acknowledgement of those skills or social proof.

And in today’s environment you will need all the social proof to distinguish yourself from others in the market place


Did you Know LinkedIn Added More Features to Your Skills & Expertise’s?

First they started out with the skills and expertise section. Then LinkedIn

added the endorsements. But with the endorsements you could show them or you

could hide them. But, if you hid them you could not retrieve them to your

profile at a later date.

Then LinkedIn gave you the ability to manage your endorsements for skills and expertise. You could show them or hide

them, but you could also un-hide them. You then also had the ability to remove the endorsements but still show the

skill on your profile.

Now the new feature LinkedIn added is when your hover your mouse over one of the endorsers photos their

Profile picture, their experience and two new features. The first feature is a little grey camera icon and a number

to the right of the camera. If you hover your mouse and click on the grey camera it will take you to your

connections profile. The second new feature is the number which represents the number of shared connections you

have with your first connection.

So if one of your connections endorses you can click on their endorsement photo and go back to their profile to

return the favor.


Did You Know You Can Manage Your LinkedIn Skills & Expertise?

LinkedIn just opened it up for you to manage show or not to show

all of your skills and expertise. When the skills first came out

if you decided to hide an endorsement you could not un-hide it.

Now that has all changed.

You start by editing your profile/ Scroll down your profile to the skills and expertise section and click on the

little blue pencil. Next you have several choices. First is to hide or un-hide all of your endorsements. The skills

and expertise will still show on your profile but none of the endorsements. Second is you can add or remove any one

of your skills or expertise. Third manage endorsements. By manage endorsements you have the option show or hide one

particular person that endorsed you. You also have the choice to show or hide one particular skill.

I know some companies and certain banking and financial industries are not allowed to receive endorsements from

clients. So this solves that problem. If you find some skills are not gaining any traction with endorsements you can

then remove and add new skills that have more potential from your connections.

Somake sure to add all 50 skills and see what kind of endorsements you receive.