So, you sat down and took some time to get the basics right for a LinkedIn profile. You took a professional headshot, changed your background banner to something more meaningful, and might’ve even written a concise summary full of targeted keywords.
You connect with some interesting professionals and see a decent increase in your LinkedIn profile page views, and yet you’re still wondering what else can I do to stand out when everyone else is doing the exact same thing? In this post, I’m gonna share,
3 Advanced LinkedIn Tips and Features:
- Increase your efficiency at finding and connecting with relevant professionals.
- Differentiate yourself from all your peers who follow the same LinkedIn hacks you are
- To help you find out whether your profile got quietly restricted by LinkedIn: because you sent one too many low quality connection requests.
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#1: Advanced Tip Use Search Operators:
To quickly find people working in the exact role you’re interested in. For example, let’s say I was interested in the Product Manager position and “Apple”. Instead of going through all my connections and trying to find someone at Apple who can introduce me, I can simply type in “Product Manager” and, which is a search operator, “Apple”. Click People, the Connections dropdown down menu and click 2nd to filter out all my second degree connections who are currently working as product managers at Apple.
This also allows me to quickly and easily see who the first degree connections are and perhaps it’s time for me to go buy them a cup of coffee and catch up. Of course, even though they are first degree connections, make sure to send them a professional yet calibrated message. Especially if you haven’t spoken to them in a while.
If your cold email or cold message skills are a little rusty, make sure to check out my how to connect on LinkedIn video for effective message templates. I’ll link that right there and down below. Another example, let’s say you’re interested in multiple positions. Both sales and marketing are up your alley. In that case, you can type in something like “Facebook” AND (“Account Manager” OR “Marketing Manager“) to see a list of second degree connections working in either role.
In this instance, we’ll use three Search Operators, “And”, parentheses “()“, or. These are just some of the basic Google Search Operators that you might already be using for Google search and Gmail. I’ll link a full list of them down below in the description. If you found that first advance tip helpful, subscribe to our YouTube Channel at golden.
#2: Advanced Tip Publish a LinkedIn Post and Feature it:
On your profile to compliment the bullet points in your experience section. If you’ve read this post, I’m sure you’ve heard that the experiences section on LinkedIn should be an extension of your resume. You’ve probably also heard of the basic rule that you should be using third person for your resume and first person on LinkedIn to come off as more personable.
While it’s best practice to stay concise and keep your experiences section clean, the flip side is that sometimes you’re not able to fully explain all your contributions that resulted in a successful project. So what I would recommend is after you reach a significant milestone or wrap up a meaningful engagement, publish a LinkedIn post highlighting some of the work that you did and tag your teammates who made the whole thing possible.
Not only does it show your appreciation for your coworkers, but you’re also able to expand more in that post about your responsibilities than you otherwise could in a few bullet points in your experiences section. And the best thing about all this, if you feature that post, recruiters and potential hiring managers can read it whenever they like when they come across your profile.
Trust me when I tell you not a lot of people know this trick yet. Furthermore, there’s been a recent study by Kinsta showing how just 1% of LinkedIn users create over 99% of the content. Put another way, this is a huge opportunity for you to instantly stand out among your peers. Of course, publishing a LinkedIn post can give a lot of us anxiety, especially since it’s public, anyone can see it, and the idea of self promotion seems a little arrogant. Trust me, I felt, and I feel the exact same way.
Then I came across something “Ali Abdaal” and “Roberto Blake” said, both of whom are very successful entrepreneurs, and essentially they argue that if you don’t advocate for yourself and for the work that you do, if you don’t respect yourself enough to do so, how can you expect anyone else to?
Their arguments have made me more confident about sharing my work publicly and hopefully serves as inspiration for some of you as well, especially when there’s that practical benefit of having the full project featured on your LinkedIn profile.
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#3: Finally Advanced Tip, check whether your Profile got Quietly Restricted by LinkedIn and how to fix it.
Full disclosure, this has never happened to me, so I’ve never gone through the process myself, but a recruiter friend of mine told me about this and I thought it would be good to share it with all of you. Basically, the most obvious sign that your profile got restricted is that now you’re required to know the email address of every single person you try to connect with.
This happens when five people click the, I don’t know this person option after you send a connection request. If this happens to you, there are two ways to get your profile unrestricted. Number one, go to the LinkedIn help site, which I’ll link down below, click other, type, of account restricted and click create a support ticket to let the LinkedIn team know you understand the issue and ask for forgiveness. The second method, apparently, you can just tweet at them @LinkedInHelp for assistance.
Again, this has never happened to me, so I’ve never been through the support process myself, but if you are someone whose account is restricted, hopefully this is helpful. To be honest, I kind of wish LinkedIn made this restricted rule more public because this would actually encourage more of us to send high quality connection requests rather than just clicking the connect button. A connection request doesn’t have to be super formal. There are multiple ways to come up with engaging messages within minutes.
So feel free to check that out. And here you have it: three advanced LinkedIn tips and features that will increase your networking efficiency while helping you stand out from the crowd. Subscribe if you haven’t already, see you on the next post, in the meantime, have a great one.