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7 handy LinkedIn tips you might not know about

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You've probably had a LinkedIn profile for years now.

You've built up some great connections, showcased your talent, and maybe even got a few career opportunities out of it. But are you really making the most of it?

Here's some handy features you should definitely taking advantage of...

1. You can upload a cover image

This feature's been around for a little while now, but it's still underused. 

Unlike on your paper CV, extra visual elements are a great way to catch the eye and complement online text.

But remember, you should adopt a similar attitude to when you select your profile picture. A fun, creative image is great if you work in a creative industry. If not, you might want to think about something striking, but a bit more professional. 

2. You can create your own profile badge 

Ever wonder where people get those buttons linking to their profile page? Well, LinkedIn has a tool that allows you to pick your own. 

The badges can be used on your blog, online CV or your personal website. All you have to do is copy and paste the code into your desired page. 

Best of all? You can pick from a range of styles! Ideal if you’ve got a colour scheme to stick to...

3. You can use saved searches

LinkedIn allows user to save up to ten job searches and three people searches. 

Better still, you can choose to have weekly or monthly reminders whenever a person or role enters your saved search criteria.

After carrying out your search, just click the "save search" option in the top right corner. LinkedIn does the hard work so you don't have to! 

4. You can use the Resume Builder tool

Struggle to keep your Word document CV updated? LinkedIn's got you covered! 

The Resume Builder tool lets you upload your profile into a template of your choice, edit it, then export it as a nice, tidy PDF. 

There are definitely benefits to keeping your CV and your profile page separate, but the Resume Builder’s invaluable if you need an up-to-date CV at short notice. 

5. You can make the most of privacy settings

If you use LinkedIn to check out a lot of other profiles, you might want to remain anonymous when you're doing so. 
Just go to "privacy and settings", "profile privacy" and then through to "profile viewing options".

 There you'll be able choose how people see you when you view their profile. You can either be totally visible, only reveal your organisation or be totally anonymous. 

6. You can use the @

LinkedIn's famously been around longer than both Twitter and Facebook, and yet for many years it was a bit slow to catch up with the latest innovations.

Well, LinkedIn has finally come round to one of the other platforms' most handy features. Want to let a company or person know you're sharing or talking about their work? Just use the @ and they'll be directly alerted.

Before you know it, you'll be directly engaging with organisations and boosting your profile.

7. You can stop your profile updates from spamming people

If you're the sort of person who constantly updates their profile (and you should be!), you might not realise how much you're spamming others with notifications.

LinkedIn's default profile setting will alert your connections to any profile changes you make. Even if you're just correcting a typo. 

Want to discretely update your profile? Just go to "profile privacy", then "sharing profile edits" and switch the button to "no". Et voila, you're incognito!
Want to get more out of your LinkedIn profile? Here’s 7 other ways you can make it work harder for you. 


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