6 ways to create a powerful Linkedin Profile

The latest survey data says a full 94% of recruiters today use social media in their recruitment efforts, across all roles from cooks to financial analysts. And yet people are puzzled, or at least, skeptical as to why tools like LinkedIn are such a game changer.
What a brilliant tool Linkedin is!!! It has transformed the professional world we live in. Primarily by providing each of us an opportunity to create our own “Personal Brand”. An online resume or sorts you can say! A space wherein we can showcase all our professional skills & achievements, some which we often don’t get to share with our employers or colleagues.
All in all, its a powerful tool that can help us be found, while we grow professionally. These days, it takes more than a resume to stand out in a competitive job market. A profile that grabs attention on professional network site like LinkedIn could make a difference. Yet there are so many people with a horridly shabby linkedin profile, something just the opposite of their current professional stature and it is disappointing.
Perhaps, like any other online tool, to make the most of it you need to be make some efforts. So, here are some pointers you can adapt to shine on, like many other professionals who have created for themselves a ‘Stellar’ Linkedin Profile.

Here are my top 6 pointers you can use to create a brilliant Linkedin Profile for yourself:

  1. Complete your profile: Spend some time on creating a complete linkedin profile. Its like making a presentation on your own self, hence its gotta be good! Add all the experience, education, publication elements, add a suitable profile photo – please avoid selfies with pouts & sunglasses. You need a clear picture, something pleasing, if a professional look is possible – brilliant, if not even a regular one within the decorum of this platform is a good fit. A “no picture” profile is step one to loosing the game. Have a powerful headline – something intriguing & inviting. If you have your own blogs – do share the links, they come in very handy when one needs to read through your abilities. If you have some special talents or awards you have won, do mention those as well, don’t hesitate to show your multi faceted personality, mostly skills & achievements like these add that missing spark to your profile. even if you are a fresher, there is a lot you can add to your profile from your educational aspect. Make sure you fill in as much real & true information as possible to let your audience get the overview of your personality. Avoid misinterpretation of any sorts as in this online world it will comeback haunting you :). Also, Being in India you can skip adding contact numbers to avoid stalkers or unwanted people chasing you.
  2. Customize your public profile URL: Make sure you customize your public profile URL, it becomes easier to share it on your resume or sales presentations. Apart from that it looks far more professional to have an easily accessible profile link. Also choose wisely what you wish to display in your public profile from the settings tab.
  3. Add connections: a brilliant profile is of no use if you have no connections. Hence you must take the effort to find people you have worked, studied or met with. the key here is to add people you know, not random strangers. Because sending random connection requests may lead you to get blocked, as the recipient of the invitation does have an option to click on “I dont know this person”, if you receive 5 such responses your profile may get blocked to send any further requests. Hence its better to stick to adding people only who you know from your work experience or friends, or classmates too. Interacting in groups also leads you to get seen & receive invitations. But you must look through each profile before you accept the request. After all you are here to build a stellar profile hence you must pay attention to what kind of people on your connection list too. right?
  4. Join Relevant Groups: Groups are a great place to find like minded professionals & interact with them. It is your window to the world & the your stage to shine on. Find groups with common interests like past colleges, organizations, or fields of business, etc. You can join those groups, understand what kinds of interactions are happening there & participate too. If you have created relevant content, dont miss out a chance to share those as well. Such groups help you find clients, jobs and many such opportunities to grow professionally.
  5. Ask for recommendations: Do not hesitate to ask your current & past colleagues to write you a recommendation. Such recommendations add a validation of sorts to your profile, especially when it comes from experience professionals. So go ahead and write a request to your seniors who can share a few good words about you.
  6. Listen & Talk: All of this is a waste if you have a dormant profile, someone who probably posts once in a year. No that wont work anymore! Times have changed, people are using tools and ways to stay at the top of their linkedin game. Make sure you stay updated with what is happening in the network of your connections, Listen carefully, you never know where you could add your inputs. Look for opportunities to interact, like on somebody’s job change, birthday, a new role or even a group discussion. This helps you be at the top of a prospective employer or client’s mind. Make sure your communication is clear and professional, slangs, shortforms or inappropriate language just make you a misfit for a platform like this. So You may not have the time to do this every day but every week or so is a good pace. I shall leave that to you to plan out based on your current professional needs.

See you on Linkedin!

7 precious lessons from Chanakya

Chanakya has fascinated me for years now. Thanks to my father who bought me my first book on Chankaya neeti, I was just 13 then, but somehow that small book with just ten of his lessons left a huge impact on me. It was more like an introduction to leadership & management at an intellectual yet accessible level. For people to become great managers or leaders or just plain and simple successes in their respective fields,Β  we need to embed the right seeds in their minds at the right time, the seeds of management wisdom, of people management and self management.

Seeing the youth of our country I feel the need to share those precious lessons.

lessons from Chanakya

So who is Chanakya??Β  Back in 4th century BC, a philosopher-statesman Chanakya a.k.a. Kautilya wrote the first few principles of administrative management.Β  He is known as India’s first economist/ management guru, his management theories were not just apt but thorough as well, and full of all of the vedic wisdom, which is why they guided royalty & leaders from times immemorial.
Chanakya documented his life’s labor in the Arthashastra, a list of principles that would ensure sound governance. I feel some of his wisdom can help us all pave great paths for ourselves in our career growth. Here, I share 7 of my favorite lessons from him that I found in different books I read, the practice of which can help you catapult your business/self management acumen to whole new level:

1. “Honesty isn’t the best policy always: A person should not be too honest, straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first.” My interpretation is that one should define the boundaries of their honesty or rigidity. Your honesty at your workplace regarding your work may be alright but sharing too much about your personal life or honest opinions may cause a hindrance as you may come across as opinionated or rigid in your beliefs. Put a limit & boundary on what you wish to be honest about and where.

2. “As soon as the fear approaches near, attack & destroy it” He is implying that one must face the fears we have dwelling in our minds. Once we identify a fear and decide to tackle it or overcome it, it is destroyed for ever. hence making that emotional space clear for something positive to grow.

3. “Even if a snake is not poisonous it should pretend to be venomous” Even if a snake is not poisonous it should not stop hissing under any circumstances, He will only have its hiss to ward off attackers & protect it self. Without this protective pretense, even a child could stone it to death. A little ostentation is necessary in this world. Without the minimum ostentation, a man’s real worth remains unrecognized.
This is a key point, if understood incorrectly it can throw you off the hook. Chanakya is implying you to behave what you are worthy of, not too much not too less, but just what is rightly needed for you.

4. “Learn from others mistakes, you will not live long enough to make them all yourself.” This is so apt for all of us who want to achieve great things in life, learn from what you see around you, dont jump in and make the same mistakes hoping for another result. It better to save your time & efforts.

5. “Good behavior wins over an enemy too”
Wisely put, a person with good behavior can overcome even your enemies or people who despise you. Following the rest of points can get you somewhere but good behavior will get you to success even more easily. Don’t become snooty, arrogant or unapologetic. Your behavior can take you a long way!

6.”Once you start working on something, don’t be afraid of failure and don’t abandon it. people who work sincerely are the happiest.” My interpretation is simple, its all about dedication, it is meant to bring you joy. For I have observed, people who change too many jobs too often, in the hunger to grow faster than everyone are the ones mostly unhappy. So its ok if to do that one thing but do it the best, dont leave it half way beause someone got something better. Being dedicated will teach you far more about your own self.

7. “Man who desires flowers, does not water a dead tree” Implying if you want results, you must not waste your time and efforts on unproductive things or people. Value your time and use your knowledge to do the right things for the results you wanted in the first place. Wanting to be Steve jobs but getting wasted with friends every night, is not going to make you Steve!!

Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions – Why am I doing it, What the results might be and Will I be successful. Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead.
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Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions – Why am I doing it, What the results might be and Will I be successful. Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead.
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/c/chanakya201072.html
Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions – Why am I doing it, What the results might be and Will I be successful. Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead.
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/c/chanakya201072.html
Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions – Why am I doing it, What the results might be and Will I be successful. Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead.
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/c/chanakya201072.htm

I wish these help you to walk & lead the right way.

Stay tuned for more!