People tend not to like change, but on occasion it’s necessary. A bit of a spruce up and a reshuffle is exactly what’s coming to LinkedIn’s profile pages, and it’s about to jazz up your professional online presence.
The roll-out is going to take us up to Christmas, but there’s work to be done now if you want to land on your feet…
Here are the three things you have to attend to before your LinkedIn profile gets its makeover:
1. Get a better picture
The new page is a lot bolder all over, with more space given to every section. That includes your beautiful visage. If the pic you’ve got on your profile at the moment is too small, it’ll probably look a bit grainy when it gets blown up, so change it now for one that really says: “Hey, this guy knows his shit.”
2. Pad out your experience
Likewise, your ‘Background’ section is being given more room to breathe. On LinkedIn’s preview page, it’s fairly evident that each entry on your employment history will look a bit sparse unless you write at least 50 words (which is exactly as much as this paragraph). So get to writing, yeah?
3. Quick: Look busy!
There’ll soon be a massive, eye-drawing ‘Activity’ feed directly underneath your photo and primary details. This’ll be a shouting zone for anything you deem important, and will give you the opportunity to post the ingenious things you’re working on, the interesting stuff you’ve read and the content you’ve shared.
With that in mind, it might not be a bad idea to gather a small list of relevant stuff, so that when you make the change, you can look like you’ve got your finger on the button.
The switch from LinkedIn’s current profile page to the new-look number will take a few months, but if you want to get it early, head to the below page and ask for an invite:
Sign up: Reserve a new LinkedIn Profile page