I am not an HR person, but having reviewed some LinkedIn profiles of my classmates and other friends, I have some ideas on how to make your LinkedIn profile attractive.

Some quick tips:

  • Have a descriptive profile: You are more than a list of your job titles. Make sure that you discuss what you do, and what you bring to the table. Be sure to include a short summary statement at the start, and follow it up with details for each of the job-positions. If you have worked for non-brand companies, also include a one line description of what your company does.
  • Put a good profile picture: Whether you are on LinkedIn, Twitter or, people like to connect to faces. Get a good profile picture. Investing in getting a professional headshot may not be a bad idea.
  • Get recommendations: Discussing your achievements and abilities is good, but having another person vouching for you adds an additional level of authenticity.  It also makes your profile “complete” (Minimum 3 recommendation are needed to make your profile complete by LinkedIn definition)
  • List your online presence: Your profile would be twice as interesting, if you include links to other relevant websites that you have contributed to. This may be a link to your blog, Quora profile, GitHub page or anything else.
  • Include your contact details: Not every recruiter has a paid account.  Make the job easy for potential recruiter by either being part of the Openlink network (you will need to have a paid account for this), or including your contact details in your profile.

I had written a post on my blog on a similar topic some time ago. You may find this useful:…

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amitbhatnagar on August 17, 2012

This post is a continuation of an earlier post. Read part 1 here. Describe your work: A good number of LinkedIn profiles are no more than a listing of job-titles and educational degrees. Make sure that yours is not one of them.As discussed above, your job-title may mean different things in different organizations, and outside […]

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amitbhatnagar on August 16, 2012

There are two things that I am very passionate about: counseling peers and juniors about higher education/career-planning (I am still in very early stage of my career, but I try to make myself useful wherever I can!) and the power of social media. One place where these two merge is when somebody asks me to […]

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Amit Bhatnagar on on August 7, 2012

Amit BhatnagarAs far as I know, Steven Burda is as high as it gets, when it comes to number of recommendations: has 2938 recommendations overall, 700+ for his current position!See question on Quora

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Amit Bhatnagar on on June 3, 2012

Since I know that LinkedIn co-founder  Reid Garrett Hoffman is on Quora (I have read some answers by him), my first guess was that perhaps he may be the oldest LinkedIn member here. But when I checked his LinkedIn profile, i found that his ID is 1213, not #1 or #2.

So even before we know who is the oldest LinkedIn member on Quora, we need to know who were the first LinkedIn users, and then, we could check which of them are present on Quora.

A check for LinkedIn ID #1 or #2 leads to a page like the screenshot below. Most probably, these are all dummy users that were created while the initial tests were being conducted for LinkedIn as a service:

Of course, I could not have manually checked all the profile IDs till 1213 (i.e. Reid Hoffman’s ID). So I used excel to fetch page title for LinkedIn profiles of first 1250 LinkedIn IDs. You may see that for a non-existent profile (like the one in screenshot above) the page title is “Profile|LinkedIn”, and for real users with public profiles, the page title is in format of “<User Name>|LinkedIn” (Example: “Amit Bhatnagar|LinkedIn”)

So, after my spreadsheet fetched me this list, it was just a matter of seeing first profile IDs with real names instead of “Profile|LinkedIn” Results can be seen in the screenshot below:

So, first 1209 users are all dummy users, and as expected, the first real LinkedIn users are all from founding team. First three are: Jean-Luc Vaillant, Eric Ly and  Lee Hower. And as you can guess from the tags, I could not locate Jean-Luc Vaillant on Quora. So the answer to your question is: Eric Ly

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Amit Bhatnagar on on June 2, 2012

You can consider doing a search by location, but here is an old, neat trick to know the approximate number of people in any geographic area/profession: Use “Advertise with LinkedIn” and proceed with geographic segmentation.

I tried this out, and the result comes out to be a little over 2.5 MM. (See screenshot below)

If you reach this screen, scroll down to select job titles and then, start selecting different job functions. You will see the numbers for each job function. Some prominent functions:

  • Consulting: 77.5K
  • Marketing 77.8 K
  • Legal 49.6 K
  • Finance 85K
  • Engineering 209 K (Is anyone surprised?)
  • Entrepreneurship 217.6 K (For this one, even I am surprised, but perhaps, only in Bay Area, Entrepreneurship can be a leading job function!!)

Hope this helps!

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I would consider accepting the request, and there is one very important reason for that: LinkedIn is not just about your first level connections, it’s about the power of your network. And in my opinion, it’s your second level connections that actually drive this network.

It’s not just about who you know, it’s also about who your contacts know. To make this clearer, ask yourself the following questions:

  • If the recruiter for your dream-job or the perfect candidate for the job that you are hiring for is a second level connection through this “ghost”, would you consider reaching out to him?
  • You had a common social circle. If a good old friend from that circle discovers you through this person, would you consider connecting with the “ghost” worth it?
  • Thinking from the reverse side: If some time later this person is looking for a job and you are in a position to help (either directly or by  making a connection), would you consider helping him out?

If your answer to these questions is “Yes”, then do consider connecting. If things are really bad between two of you, then, by all means, ignore the invite. But the fact that you posted this question here instead of directly ignoring the invite, indicates that things may not be that bad.

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