Last Sunday I was interviewed by Luca Rosi, Editorial Manager at Hays, a leading global professional recruiting group based in the U.K., for his career blog, Keeping ahead of the game. I answered 13 questions and Mr. Rosi published 12 of them in two blog articles on December 1 and 2: “How to write a KILLER LinkedIn profile 1” and “How to write a KILLER LinkedIn profile 2.”

If you’re curious to read my answers to the questions below, please visit Luca’s blog. You might also like his most recent entry on how to make an impact at an interview!

How to write a KILLER LinkedIn profile 1

Has the role of the traditional CV now diminished given the stellar rise of LinkedIn?
Is it as simple as uploading my CV and sprinkling a few keywords to make my profile search friendly?
What’s the biggest mistake professionals make with their LinkedIn profiles?
What three things can I do today to build my personal online brand?
Do I really need 500+connections? What can I do to boost my numbers?
If I’m unemployed, should I reveal this in my headline for example?

How to write a KILLER LinkedIn profile 2

Would you recommend that I upgrade to a premium account to boost my chances of finding a job?
What’s the protocol for recommendations? Surely I shouldn’t have to ask…
Apart from joining groups (the Q&A section is no longer), how else can I demonstrate my expertise?
How regularly should I be sharing updates and do they all have to be related to my industry?
Should I be using more of partner applications such as Slideshare?
And finally, what’s the best piece of career advice that anyone has given you?

What happened to the 13th question and answer? Here it is:

The average age of a LinkedIn user is 41. Is this the platform for graduates or first jobbers?

BB: Some of those 41-year-olds are recruiters and hiring managers. So absolutely! Also some new features on LinkedIn are more specifically geared toward younger job seekers.

Are there questions you want me to answer? Please post them in the comments!

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