Are you ready to add bling to your LinkedIn profile? It’s a great way to show who you are and what you’ve done!
But why would you want to post bling in your LinkedIn profile? Because it can be a differentiator.
Let’s say I’m a recruiter and I’m looking at potential candidate profiles. I see your profile with images of your work, a video of you training people on how to do something and a photo of you receiving an award. How many other candidates do you think have shown me anything? Few, in fact, almost none.
Businesses link to samples of work and awards all the time because it helps build trust and credibility. That’s why I’m suggesting you lift this credibility building tip too!
Recruiters are all over social media including LinkedIn. I suppose you want to know why you would want to add social bling to your LinkedIn profile.
- 87% reported using LinkedIn to search for candidates
- 95% successfully hired someone from LinkedIn
( These came from Jobvite’s 2011 survey and in 2018 the numbers are similar)
Adding bling to your LinkedIn profile is just one way to help you stand out from the crowd. Why? Because, you are actually showing your skills, talents and abilities. (Similar to that of being an internal candidate, kind of).
What is Bling?
Did you know you can link media to your profile? I included the words social bling because much of the work you may want to share can already be on a social media platform like YouTube or SlideShare.
Here are some ways to enrich your profile:
- LinkedIn blog post (learn more here)
In order for these applications to get embedded in your profile, you need to create an account. (These are all free, so don’t worry.)
Next, upload the link into your profile either up front or within the work history using the blue square “add a link…”
Which bling should I use?
The options are endless…think outside the box! Here are just some quick thoughts:
- Letters of recommendations from people not on LinkedIn
- Customer testimonials
- Samples of your best work
- A video of you from an event or TV appearance
- Links to articles noting your success
To learn more about embedding media and documents to your LinkedIn profile, check out Make Your LinkedIn Profile Media Rich
Really, why do I want to do this?
Not only are you creating a better overall picture of yourself, but you are also creating content that is “findable” on the web (inside and outside of LinkedIn).