If you don’t already have a profile on LinkedIn, it’s time to get one. As of January 2015, “the world’s largest professional network” had 332 million members in more than 200 countries and territories. To say this site is an invaluable asset to your job search would be a grotesque understatement.

Of course, with hundreds of millions of members, simply having a presence on LinkedIn isn’t enough. If you want to stand out from the crowd, you’ll need to put some time and effort into creating a profile that can’t help but be seen.

3 Savvy Ways to Create a Winning LinkedIn Profile

Need a little help giving your LinkedIn profile some added zest? Use these three tips to present yourself as a professional every Michiana company needs on their team:

  1. Use the Right Keywords: Increase your chances of appearing in the right search results by thoroughly completing each and every field. Include as much as possible about your work history, educational background, skills, volunteer experience, professional organizations and more. Use keywords relevant to the type of job you’re trying to get in your headline and summary, as this is what will get you noticed.
  2. Focus on the Company: Hiring managers aren’t interested in what a job at their organization can do for your career — they want to know what you can do for them. Think about challenges and problems commonly faced by your industry and use your profile to explain how you can combat these issues. If employers can read your profile and relate to you, they’re going to reach out for an interview.
  3. Create a Polished Profile: Thoroughly completing all the fields in your profile is a great start, but that alone isn’t enough to make you stand out. Choose a professional headshot for your profile picture, add relevant multimedia documents you’ve created and ask people you trust to write you a recommendation. Make a point of connecting with past and present colleagues, former classmates, clients and other high-quality individuals you do business with to expand your network.

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