In today’s business world, most people are active on or have heard of LinkedIn. Unfortunately, not everyone has heard that there are some faux pas on LinkedIn that could hurt their reputation.

Since one of our core services is writing great LinkedIn profiles for professionals, ResumeSpice put together this list of blunders to avoid.

Not using a professional photo

You don’t need to spend hundreds on a professional headshot. But your family’s vacation photo isn’t appropriate either. Choose a photo of just you and be sure to wear professional attire.

Using overly quirky job titles or descriptions

You can let your personality shine through on LinkedIn (to an extent), but you’ll still need to keep it professional. After all, you want people to take you seriously. Don’t call yourself a “Recruiting Superhero” or a “Marketing Alchemist.”

Misrepresenting your experience

Putting information that simply isn’t true can seriously hurt your credibility in a job search. And even if you’re not looking for a new position outside your company, keep in mind that the information you include in your profile can be seen by your boss and co-workers. Keep your profile honest.

Not personalizing your connection requests

If you want to connect with someone, personalize a message and remind them of how you know each other. You’ll make a better impression and increase your odds of a successful connection.

Asking for recommendations or referrals from people you don’t know well

It’s not a good idea to ask your 2nd and 3rd degree connections to refer you for a job opening or write a recommendation. Asking for a recommendation is equivalent to saying that they have direct experience with you and can vouch for your abilities.

Do you need help sharpening your LinkedIn profile so you get noticed by hiring managers or recruiters? ResumeSpice can help. As one of the leading professional services agencies, we can assist you with writing a great LinkedIn profile, resume, cover letter, or help you with interview prep. Call us today: 832.930.7378