Build a Better LinkedIn Profile

If you’ve landed a new career in the last few years, you probably know that LinkedIn is a powerful resource for engineering professionals. LinkedIn allows you to market your skills, discuss your work history, collect recommendations and endorsements, and connect with other structural, electrical, and forensic engineers in your area. When you build your LinkedIn profile you’re building the foundation of your future career.

4 Secrets for LinkedIn Success

  1. online networking - female engineerFill out every section. Your LinkedIn profile is essentially your online CV. Make an impact by sharing all relevant history, skills, and experiences.
  2. Add a photo. Your profile picture makes you more personable, allowing recruiters, HR departments, and other engineers to connect with you more easily. A photo also makes your LinkedIn profile look more professional and increases the likelihood that real life business contacts will connect with your page.
  3. Research. Just like any other social media platform, keyword optimization will increase your success. Study the profiles of successful engineers in your field and note which keywords are too general, too specific, overused, or right on the money.
  4. Be genuine. Are you requesting a recommendation from a former business colleague? Don’t let LinkedIn’s automated message speak for you. Write a quick, personal message when asking for endorsements, connections, or recommendations on LinkedIn.

Developing your engineering network is one way to launch your career to new heights. Working with a professional recruitment team is another. Get on the fast track to the engineering job of your dreams by filling out our Career Wish List.

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