Friday, 10 May 2013

Why you should List your Interests on LinkedIn

LinkedIn Connections
I’m not sure why LinkedIn, in its wisdom, has put the ‘Interests’ field at the foot of each profile page, however that doesn’t change the fact that anyone who is interested in talking to you or working with you (in particular) will want to see that field filled in – and of course you can make it as interesting as you want.

It was pointed out to me recently, about another post on LinkedIn and lazy profile building, that I didn’t mention the importance of putting in this information, so I thought I’d include it here.

And by the way when I say interests, I don’t mean your work interests, which I notice some people adding, from your profile we can tell what you do, or we should be able to, but those hobbies and interests that complete the picture as to who you are. 

Interests for LinkedIn 1
This is one example – not mine, I have to say, so no names here, but I’m sure you get the picture.  Some use the interests field to put what they do, such as ‘Blogging, Social Media Marketing’, but if you’re looking for like minded connections, who can already work out what you do from your main profile and experience, paint more of a picture of who you are by listing your lifestyle interests, those that you want others to know about, anyway.

And for more suggestions as to how to use your LinkedIn profile…..or not:

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