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Top 5 LinkedIn Mistakes That Make You Look Bad

How a crummy LinkedIn profile can hurt a jobseeker's credibility

By J.T. O'Donnell and AOL Jobs

"When you fail to create a full LinkedIn profile, you are telling the professional world one or more of the following: A) You aren't tech-savvy enough to know how to use social media or B) You don't have any truly notable accomplishments or C) You have something to hide. To sum it up, not branding your career success online is a rookie mistake."

(MORE: How Job Hunters Can Stand Out From the Pack)








Beyond the Rookie Mistakes


While those five are the biggest mistakes, there are other things to consider when building the best possible presence on LinkedIn. Keyword optimization, showcasing the right skills and including the best examples of additional experience you've had are all advanced attributes of LinkedIn profile optimization that can help you look good online and make you stand out. Then, you'll get contacted more by people interested in your abilities.


Don't ignore your LinkedIn profile. Sure it takes a little time to get it working best for you. But you want to come to the online professional party of LinkedIn looking your best. 


J.T. O'Donnell is a career and workplace expert who founded the top-ranked career advice site, In 2009, she launched CareerHMO, the first on-line career care membership site which specializes in curing chronic career pain.

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