Author – IAM Team
Administrative Professionals’ Week is typically observed overseas, but as an international institution, we would like to give a nod to the week as well. As such, we reflect on valuable members of any organisation – administrators of all shapes, sizes and role descriptions. We all know that businesses need administration to run effectively and efficiently, so are your skills, knowledge and experience really getting the recognition they deserve?
A great way to get yourself noticed is via the power of social media. LinkedIn can be used to connect with many different individuals and companies. It helps you to network and build relationships with anyone from suppliers, customers and colleagues.
First thing to consider is whether your LinkedIn profile is working? Did you just create a profile once to see the hype but failed to build up your page?
Try using these 5 steps to make yourself stand out from the crowd.
While some of us would rather not post a photo or hate the thought of others knowing what you look like, it has been proven that a profile photo will create views 6 times more likely than profiles without a photo. This doesn’t mean post your best picture of you on a night on of course. A clear, smart looking photo can score more views while looking professional. Aim for a head shot from shoulders above. If you have a professional camera then great, if not, your phone will be just fine.
It’s okay to brag about yourself, but try not to sound obnoxious at the same time. Write a summary about yourself and remember summary means concise. Don’t start rambling. This is your opportunity to create a great first impression. Think about how you want people to perceive you. Hardworking? Motivated? Passionate? This is your chance to really sell yourself and engage the visitor to your page.
You do not need to list every single job you have ever had in your life in your profile. For people who have a lot of work experience, it is best to list all of the roles which are relevant to your career. For those of you who don’t have much experience, then it’s probably wise to list the jobs you have had, even if it doesn’t relate to your specialist area. It shows you have been an active worker.
Don’t forget to include any voluntary work you may have done and mention all skills you have developed throughout your working life.
Start building your network. This is your chance to create great working relationships. Even if you don’t know the person, send a request, introduce yourself and build a relationship. The more people you know, the better position you are to getting noticed. Posting updates, commenting on pages even liking posts are ways in which your name can be displayed on your connections homepage. They can get a better understanding of the area you work in, your interests in the sector and your knowledge.
Ask For Feedback
Your connections can write lovely recommendations about you. Sometimes all you have to do is ask. Having a good relationship with someone will mean they are more likely to leave a recommendation about you. It can be daunting asking depending on who it is, however, if you have a good relationship, there’s a high chance they’ll be willing to give it.
Asking your brother or sister to write a recommendation is not likely to be effective, especially if you have the same last name or don’t work in the same field. Recruiters will look at who has actually written the recommendation. The relationship between yourself and the person providing the recommendation is important. For example, a manager recommendation will be more valuable than a colleague.
The IAM in conjunction with The CV and Interview Advisors are holding a webinar, free for IAM members about getting your profile working for you on the 6th June 2017, including how to get your profile and CV working together.