Friday, March 27, 2020

Pro Tips to Update Your LinkedIn Profile

My LinkedIn front page, 
"Above the fold"

During this #stayathome, it is time to try to be productive, organize things at home as well as update your social media.  In my research to update my LinkedIn profile, I learned a few tips I thought to share with you.

It is important to keep your professional profile current in LinkedIn because it:
·      Generates engagement with your target audience
·      Builds your goodwill, trust & value
·      Shows your knowledge and authority in your industry

6 Quick Updating Tips

# 1 The most critical update to your profile is you profile photo  (Click on your portrait image to edit) 
·      Your image should be at least 60% of the frame
·      Clean non distracting background
·      Current professionally made portrait
·      Dressed to the expectation of your audience
#2 Add to your “See Contact Info” (Click the pencil on the right of profile section)
·      Personalize your LinkedIn URL
·      Add your Website
·      Add the email you want to receive all your professional correspondences 
·      Add your birthday, you want to be seen by all your contacts’ notifications at least once a year.

#3 The Headline
·      Expand your headline to more than your job title.  With 120 characters, expand your qualifications.  This is a way to get people interested in YOU. 
·      Specific to Industry, add personalization, or your mission statement.

#4 The About Section. (Click on the pencil on the right in this section.)
·      Write your impressive story in 2000 characters. 
·      Narrative format. 
·      Purpose. Articulate the Why. 
·      Clear mission statement 
·      Show your personality 
·      Optimize for SEO industry specific terms
·      End with a call to action. What people need to do after they read your summary. 

#5 Current and Past Experiences 
·      Only relevant jobs
·      Write in narrative format
·      Include Photos or Videos that help to tell your story and keep people interested

#6 Skills and Endorsements
·      Make sure your top three are listed.  (You can control this)
·      Ask for endorsements but to get them you need to give as well as receive. 

Hope this is helpful to you. See my LinkedIn profile for additional ideas. Any questions or help with your photo needs or photo editing or photo library management, please contact me.

What do you do to enhance your LinkedIn engagement with your connections and potential clients?

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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Cherry Blossoms 2020

The National Mall
March 22--Washington, DC--In the attempt to capture the Cherry Blossoms on the Tidal Basin and National Mall this year, things were quite different.  The usual spot to park was closed down.  Matter of tact most of the area around the Tidal Basin was closed to traffic.  It was done to keep crowds smaller due to the coronavirus.

Peak Cherry Blossoms
As an early bird, found a parking spot before sunrise near the Mall instead of closer to the Tidal Basin.  The images made this year are different from previous years.   It was all around the Washington Monument.

Peak Blossoms, Washington Monument in background

Photos made with a Panasonic Lumix G9, 12-24mm f/2.8 lens and 100-300mm  lens

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

OFC: The Show Must Go on

March 8-11, San Diego, CA--Despite the on-set of the pandemic and weeks before the stay at home order, the annual OFC, The Optical Fiber Communication Conference was held.  Attendance was smaller than previous years, but, there was tremendous amount of information and networking.  Many sessions were broadcast on the internet feed for those who couldn't attend. Technology ruled the day, speakers were able to make their presentations online and interact with participants.  

As part of a team of photographers, it was vital to document the event showing the vibrance and engagement of the attendees.  Given a schedule and working independently, finding those situations which highlighted the event.  

All images made in available light with a Nikon Z6, 24-120 Nikkor lens and 70-200 Nikkor lens.  

Plenary Session crowd
Many speakers made their presentation via internet
Group discussion via the Internet
Sessions were well attended
Keynote Speaker, Chih-Lin I, 
Chief Scientist, China Mobile, China
Although we were still weeks away from the
shutdown some attendees wore surgical masks 
Vendor and Attendees 
Award Winner
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