It may sound harsh, but when it comes to LinkedIn, nobody cares about you until you become relevant to them. Without context, your prospect is unlikely to read your profile or consider that you have something they may want.
Instead they’ll click right past you and continue on with their day, not realising you had the solution to their problem.
As soon as someone lands on your profile they’ll need to instantly understand the business you are in and the problem you solve. The opening two lines of your summary, and also the first two lines of your current experience entry, need to build upon your LinkedIn headline. Your headline brought the person to your profile, so now you need to build upon their interest and tell them more by outlining the problem that you solve. Our aim is to lead our audience to want to read more.
A clear well throughout opening paragraph that details the problem you solve and has your prospect sit up and say ‘That’s me!’ is guaranteed to spark their curiosity and have them read on.
Unfortunately, CV based profiles that talk all about you and your accomplishments won’t entice your prospect to read on. Instead, we need to convey key information about you, your skills, your philosophy and what makes you unique, all while keeping the context very much about your prospect.
Your profile summary needs to inform and educate. It needs to help your prospect go from not knowing they have a problem to need a solution, to realising they definitely have a problem and need to invest in a solution.
And now realising they need a solution – only wanting you to solve it for them!
Your profile needs to build rapport and create that vital ‘know, like and trust’. Some of the most powerful sentences you can write include ‘I believe’, ‘In my opinion’, and ‘In my experience’ (to list a few). Why? Because they replicate having a conversation and give a deeper insight into why you do what you do, creating understanding and loyalty.
As most of your connections won’t be your ideal prospect, it is important to also write your summary so people who aren’t in your industry can also understand what you do.
If they understand the problem you solve there is a much higher chance they will spot people within their own network who need your solution, and thus bring you in the conversation or introduce you.
Your profile then wants to tell your prospect what to do next with a compelling call-to-action that they can’t say no to.
PLEASE NOTE: This advice is not for job hunters, but those wishing to win new business using LinkedIn.