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How can I improve my Linked in

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Cody Brault Milwaukee, WI

https://www.linkedin.com/in/cody-brault-84255980/ Included is link to my page. I'm looking to get better use out of my Linked in since I'm to relocate to Texas once I graduate and have almost no connections to the the area. I'm a Supply Chain Operations Management Major out of Milwaukee WI due to graduate this December.

30 October 2019 5 replies Networking

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Advisor

Lowell Sandoval Seattle, WA

Cody, Good morning.

Your service is much appreciated.

I agree with the other advisers that your profile needs to better represent your individual results and contributions in the role being represented. Currently your profile looks more like a posted job description versus how you individually drove change for the better.

There is a solid method for writing this out. Everything is measurable. i.e. How do your feel today? I feel an 8 out of 10. i.e. As the only sales guy, I started with 20 customers and grew it to 100 within 12-months. I grew our client base to be 5 times its original size.

You are probably familiar with the STAR Method for breaking down a few of your key accomplishments. This is a common tool for creating resumes or showing the impacts you had on prior jobs.

S – Situation: When the effort was handed over to you to resolve or manage, what were its challenges, resources applied, dollars impacted, declines in progress
T – Tasks: Based on its status at that time, what were you asked by its stakeholders to accomplish? What was the finish line?
A – Action: Based on what needed to get done, what action did you take to drive it to the finish line. What did you have to overcome on the way?
R – Results Due to your actions, what results were realized from your efforts and by you mobilizing your team to execute upon your directives

In the civilian corporate world it is important for you to clearly state your individual successes and accomplishments outside of the team effort. The STAR method needs to be stated in the first person of… I did this and it resulted in xyz. The employer must be able to clearly see your individual contributions separated from the team effort. This enables the company to see how you personally as an individual can impact the task at hand that
they want you to attack. Hope this makes sense.

Exercise:
Please break out your top four most prized and different situations that you personally took on and drove across the finish line, and then apply the STAR method to them.

Advisor

Jim Schreier Milwaukee, WI

Hello from some also from Milwaukee! I agree with the other answers -- but want to particularly stress the "accomplishments" versus job description advice. Your LinkedIn profile is too much focus on what you did versus the "RESULTS" of those actions. I've posted a couple of articles on this site concerning this -- plus lots more on the topic at my career advice site: 212-careers.com

Advisor

Robert Rahni New York, NY

Hi Cody,

Here's a small tip that could make a big impact, esthetically - under the Experience section, for the name of the organizations you are/have worked for, instead of inputting "U.S. Marine Corps" actually type out, "United States Marine Corps" - that way the USMC emblem populates/generates in the icon photo to the left of the text.

May wish to try typing in the name of Electrodes Inc., the other org you worked for in a different manner to attempt and find its emblem/logo as well.

Hope this helps!
Rob

Advisor

Gerald Mannikarote Houston, TX

Hi Cody,
Looks good so far.
Follow the suggestions already posted above.
The only other suggestion I would add is to add accomplishments to each of your positions, not just job descriptions.
All the best!
Warm regards,
Jerry

Advisor

Stephen Dest New York, NY

Hi Cody,

Thanks for posting your question to ACP AdvisorNet!

This is a question we get all the time and one of my favorite resources to point to is this: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/ultimate-linkedin-cheat-sheet-michael-quinn/. The article is from 2017, but there are still some great tips in there.

Additionally, here are some other resources we recommend:

23 Quick and Easy LinkedIn Updates to Get Hired Now:
https://skillcrush.com/2016/05/03/linkedin-updates/

How Veterans Can Make the Most out of LinkedIn from LinkedIn:
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-veterans-can-make-most-out-linkedin-daniel-savage/?trackingId=sf1%2FfGDHacL1JLTbwd9a3w%3D%3D

That last one has good advice, but also provides links to many more excellent resources.

Thanks for your service and feel free to private message me with any more questions.

- Stephen

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