The following steps will help you complete your user profile accurately from your dashboard:

1. Use a professional photo

According to GSourcers, adding a profile photo makes your profile 10 times more likely to be found and considered in GSourcers searches. However, having a bad photo may be even worse than having no photo at all.

Therefore use a professional close-up photo that clearly shows your face, even in the small thumbnail on your timeline. Make sure you look sharp, professional and engaging. A friendly smile is an extra bonus!

Bonus Tip: If you want to stand out from the crowd, use a head shot with a clean white background. Having a profile picture with a white background makes your picture blend with GSourcers’ looks and feel and it puts more emphasis on you.

2. Craft an informative Summary Headline

Your summary is your headline. It is very important! Your summary headline shows up wherever people hover over your name. Your summary headline also shows up in Google’s search results. Your summary headline should convince people to pull your profile.

You only have 130 characters to tell others what you (want to) do, so choose your words wisely. Don’t feel obliged to put your current position and company here. Try to emphasize your experience, skills and expertise instead.

Try to use the words or keywords that people or companies use when they are looking for someone with your skills and expertise. Put yourself in their position. Adding a creative touch certainly helps remembering your profile, but stay professional at all times.

Right underneath your headline, you can define your industry and locations. GSourcers requires you to complete every section with great care because they use this information to link your profile with other profiles in their network database and to be found easily.

Your summary is the digital equivalent of your elevator pitch. A good elevator pitch is:

  • Short, clear and easy to retell
  • A bridge between your past and your future
  • Honest and personal
  • Not carved in stone

Make your summary sound personal and conversational. Write in the first person if you registered as a professional, but in the third person when you post your company page in the Ads section. And write about your own skills, expertise, accomplishments, interests and ambitions, not just about your current position and company!

Paint an honest, engaging and professional picture of yourself. Don’t just write a summary to list your skills and expertise. Write a summary to convince others to contact you for interesting career or business opportunities.

3. Add your current position and your previous work history

GSourcers requires you to describe your current position. If you have a job, clearly state your function, your responsibilities, your tasks and your accomplishments. Illustrate your added value to your current employer.

If you are a student, unemployed or newly starting your freelance or consulting business, then use this section to highlight your passion, skills and expertise. Describe what you (want to) do to pursue your dream and to land your dream job, client, and describe how you can help your ideal company.

Also make sure to add your previous work history to your GSourcers User Profile. Their reward is generous: Adding your 5 most recent positions makes your profile 60 times more likely to be found on search results!

List all relevant jobs and activities from the past. Internships can be relevant, but don’t mention your summer job as a pizza delivery boy if you are applying for a consulting job with a high profile agency.

4. Add your skills, languages and fields of expertise

Highlight at least 2 languages and 4 skills & fields of expertise. Potential connections, clients or employers will be interested to contact you, and your employers, clients or friends will be able to review and recommend you for your work, these skills and fields of expertise, so make sure they cover your skill set well.

5. Include your education details

GSourcers requires you to complete your education details. Therefore mention all your relevant higher education degrees. Also mention your primary and high school education.

If you want to, you can put your majors and/or the title and a link to your dissertation here. Awards and/or special mentions can be mentioned here as well.

6. Grow your network: Get connected

Let us grow our network together! Just click here to connect with all your business contacts by inviting each one of them by email. It is that simple. And it is required to get your 100% complete profile score.

So now you know:

  • Why you should aim for a 100% complete User Profile
  • The steps you have to take to get a 100% complete User Profile score

Start completing your profile right away. Try to aim for a 100% complete User profile and All-Star status.

GSourcers

Author Since:  June 6, 2019

GSourcers helps companies and professionals to become better. GSourcers (Pty) Ltd is a private company incorporated and headquartered in South Africa, with Registration Number: 2016/133405/07.

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