Are you winding down for the holidays yet? This is the time of year when you can probably set aside some time to do a few of the things you don't have time for in your busy daily schedule.
Your LinkedIn profile, for instance. Certainly, you can pinpoint a couple of things that could be improved upon if only you sat down and spent a little time doing it.
So, pour yourself a glass of mulled wine, put on some relaxing, seasonal music and sit yourself down with your laptop in front of the fireplace. Everything but the laptop is optional, sadly.
These are our top housekeeping tasks you should do before the end of the year:
1) Missed opportunities?
Go through your LinkedIn inbox and make sure you haven't missed any important messages from (potential) business contacts. If so, now is a good time to respond.
2) Salvage your notes and tags
LinkedIn is removing notes and tags from LinkedIn profiles and if you're currently using this feature, you should save them elsewhere.
You can either go through your contacts manually or bulk download everything to your computer.
3) Set up Saved Searches for the new year
Saved Searches can be an important part of your LinkedIn routine. For instance, you may want to set up a saved search that automatically notifies you of new jobs or business opportunities within your line of business, on a weekly basis.
To access the Saved Searches feature, do a search like you normally would and then click "Save Search" in the top right-hand corner of the page. To access already saved searches, click the little gear icon next to "Save search".
4) Upgrade your profile picture
Your profile picture is the first thing people see when they come across your profile on LinkedIn. Make sure you make a great first impression by displaying a professional and pleasant photograph of yourself.
You can find plenty of photography tips (lighting, angle, composition etc.) on the web, and if you put the effort in, you can achieve great results at home. Or you could hire a professional photographer to get the job done with the best possible results.