5 Ways Students Can Sabotage Their LinkedIn Profile

Getting a great job after you graduate college is difficult especially when your resume is competing against hundreds or thousands of others.

This is why you need to create an optimized LinkedIn profile while in college and begin building meaningful business relationships as early as possible.

And you want to make sure you dont sabotage your job search on LinkedIn by making these 5 mistakes:

1. Youll sabotage your job search by lying on your LinkedIn profile.
A recent study found that 70% of college students surveyed would lie on a resume to get the job they want, so just graduating from college can make you a prime suspect of lying on your resume.

Lying on your resume (or on LinkedIn) is not only unethical, but youll get fired once the lie is exposed. Recently, Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson lost his job after only four months on the job since he lied about his educational background and Teresa MacBain lost her job at Harvard because she misrepresented her education.

Avoid the guilt and worry by just being upfront and honest on LinkedIn. Besides, Human Resource professionals will conduct a background check on you and may conduct a more thorough investigation after youre hired if they suspect youve lied and/or arent qualified for the job.

2. Youll sabotage your job search on LinkedIn by making spelling and/or grammatical mistakes.
Its easy to make a typo or grammatical error when completing the different sections on your LinkedIn profile. This is why its important to have one or two colleagues proofread your profile for any errors. Ask him or her to give you suggestions on how you can make your LinkedIn profile even better. The more people reviewing your profile for errors, the better. You dont want to make a poor impression online simply because you accidentally misspelled something.

3. Youll sabotage your job search on LinkedIn by linking to unprofessional social profiles.
At the top of your LinkedIn profile, you can add links to your web content (social profiles, blog, etc.). How do you appear on social profiles like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or even Yelp? What is your attitude like? What are you sharing?

34% of employers found content that has caused them not to hire a candidate due to social media activity (e.g. making discriminatory comments, evidence of drug use, poor communication skills, bad mouthed previous employers, etc.). Realize that the content you share on public social platforms can hurt your chances of getting your dream job. Be mindful of what youre doing online and think ahead about the consequences. If youve made mistakes, delete those posts if possible.

4. Youll sabotage your job search on LinkedIn by writing vague descriptions about your job history.
Dont simply write that you helped increase sales or increased the bottom line describing your accomplishments. Be specific and add detail for what you actually did. How many projects did you complete each month? How much revenue did you help the company make? What percentage of increase did you achieve for a specific metric? Be specific so that recruiters know exactly what you accomplished for the company. Boring and vague LinkedIn job descriptions will hurt your chances of getting recruited.

5. Youll sabotage your job search on LinkedIn by not having any endorsements or recommendations.
LinkedIn recommends that you have at least two recommendations on your profile (and that is a minimum). If you want to show companies that youre a highly driven and productive, make sure to have colleagues (or even college professors) recommending and endorsing your skills on LinkedIn. Even if youve never had a real job because youve been focused on getting through college, you probably have some professors that can recommend your expertise in a certain field.

Often, you wont get recommendation unless you ask, so start asking now. And make sure to return the favor by recommending people you know do excellent work.

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