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Interactive: Ten Worst LinkedIn Profile Mistakes

An interactive guide to the Ten Worst Mistakes you can make on LinkedIn - and how to avoid making them.

By Doctor David Petherick.

Click to read Ten Worst LinkedIn Profile Mistakes

This guide works superbly on any device, and includes the key mistakes to avoid.

  1. #1: Poor Headline - Get to the point with your headline, and don't just add your job title and employer name.
  2. #2: Poor photo - Your LinkedIn Profile photo should not be an afterthought. Invest in a professional headshot to show your best face to the world.
  3. #3: No 'About' section - Introduce yourself and tell your story in your about section...
  4. #4: Lazy Language - Don't tell me you are a results-focused professional. Tell me stories and use natural language...
  5. #5: Sketchy Career History - Go into detail about your current and past roles...
  6. #6 No Skills - Showcase your top skills and remove low value skills...
  7. #7: No Recommendations - Use recommendations to underscore your expertise, attitude and flexibility...
  8. #8: No Activity - If you been contributing next to nothing on LinkedIn, what will you contribute to your next employer?
  9. #9: My duties included... - It's not enough to state what you did - what did you achieve?
  10. #10: Poor focus - What is your core skill? Where is your career headed?



About David Petherick

The Doctor is In. I have treated over 34,667 LinkedIn problems for CEOs, professionals and startups since 2006. You'll know by the end of our first free consultation if I can help you. We just need 10 minutes to diagnose and confirm if we're a good fit. Join over 4,767 subscribers to my free LinkedIn Newsletter on LinkedIn with no need to share your email address. Follow me on Twitter at @petherick.