Five Things Your LinkedIn Profile Says about You (published by the Little Pink Book).
Apathetic, unprofessional, inconsistent and outdated – is your Linkedin profile implying all the wrong things?
LinkedIn is the best way for people to get to know you professionally to get an accurate representation.
Here are the five most common profile mistakes and how they translate, according to Julie Bauke, career strategist and president of The Bauke Group.
You have a profile, but it' not 100 percent complete. "You don't want employers and other professionals to think you're not committed to finishing what you start," says Bauke.
You have family or a dog in your profile picture. "There is a big difference between LinkedIn and Facebook," she adds. "This is one of them."
How to keep your picture professional? "No kids, spouse, dog, boat or wine," says Bauke.
You have five connections. "Making consistent, ongoing LinkedIn connections as you meet new people and reconnect with former contacts will steadily build your professional network," advises Bauke.
Your information is outdated. Old or irrelevant information on your profile implies that you're not detailed or don't care about your professional life.
You don't have a profile at all. Bauke says it's even more important to have a profile if you're over 40. "If you're not up to date in using technology tools, one may wonder if you're up to date in your ideas and knowledge about your profession and industry."
Show that you're proactive and strategic about your career, and create a profile.
Bottom line? She says creating a strong profile shows that you're proactive and strategic about your career.