Here in the HGB office, we’ve been reminiscing about our first CVs. Downloaded templates, carefully typed descriptions about our experience, and a list of interests and hobbies that would make us stand out from the crowd.
Sarah was applying for the police force, Ann wanted a summer job making airline food, Kylie applied to an advertising agency – and got the job, while Jacqui used her fourth form CV template to pick up a range of retail jobs throughout her university years.
It’s fair to say, those first CVs were a while ago for most of us here – though how long ago we won’t say. One thing we will say is they were before the advent of LinkedIn.
We’ve moved with the times and our CVs are now online, also known as our LinkedIn profiles. They’re an important part of our professional persona and one we recommend all our clients have. Why? Because there are a number of benefits to having an active LinkedIn profile. Here are our top five.
So, what do you need on your LinkedIn profile? It’s not as daunting as it may seem. We’ve been working with a client, helping them to set up their personal LinkedIn profiles, and this is what we’ve advised.
Step one: Start by entering the easy details: name, current position, organisation you work for, and a brief description of what your role entails.
Step two: Then it’s time to start populating your profile, listing the different jobs you’ve had throughout your professional career. Be sure to include mention of the different roles within an organisation as well, as this will illustrate how you’ve progressed in the company.
Step three: You’ll need to include a brief description about each role and this is the time to list any achievements. Perhaps you secured a major sponsorship deal for a client, or maybe you implemented a new software system that improved your organisation’s finance processes.
Step four: Include a record of any qualifications you have achieved, any professional courses you have been on, and any accreditations you have to your name. Also make mention of professional associations you are a member of and any voluntary work you may undertake.
Step five: Start connecting.