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Ways to set up a professional profile

Create a professional profile on a professional network. Make sure that your profile is well written, informative and you are focused in terms of what your expectations are. Click here for more tips.

india Updated: Mar 25, 2011 01:04 IST

Here are some tips on how to build your network through a professional profile.



1 Network and connect:

Create a professional profile on a professional network. Make sure that your profile is well written, informative and you are focused in terms of what your expectations are. On the other hand, creating a blog or community is also a great way to network amongst your peers. It is a great way to demonstrate your knowledge on a particular topic to connect with others who share your interest.



2 Avoid casual details:

Do not to put any photograph or one-liner that might give a wrong impression about yourself. These days, employers have started reviewing the networking sites’ profiles prior to making a hiring decision.



Networking3 Reference first:

Soliciting recommendations is important. Reach out to former supervisors, colleagues, vendors or friends.



4 Make contacts:

Engage with groups, read posts, comment if you have something interesting to say, post your own questions or topics, and connect with members of the group where there might be mutual benefit. Set keywords that describe your best talents, level of expertise and types of industry experience as they are extremely important.



5 Update:

You must update your profile on the professional network on a regular basis, even if you are not looking for a change in jobs. This will help you get better offers even before you have started applying.



(With inputs from Yogesh Bansal, CEO, ApnaCircle)