1. Tie in Achievements to Demonstrate Your Skills
Yes, you should use all 50 of your allowable skills on LinkedIn. But make sure you have achievements outlined for at least the top 10. You know, the skills you’ve selected in the content of your profile, in your summary or employment sections.
Don’t just say you have the skill. Demonstrate you have it, too.
8. Make Your Name More Useful
Make your name more powerful by putting what you do or your title at the end of your last name in your last name field. Check your LinkedIn Terms & Conditions before doing this to see if it is in alignment with the most current version. Putting your function/title in your last name field after your last name helps with your profile’s keyword optimization and punctuates to users what you do in a glance.
Want to get ahead in 2017? Leverage these eight LinkedIn profile trends. You will make the most of your profile. You will maximize your investment… in you.
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While having a resume means you’re looking for a job, having a LinkedIn profile does not send the same signal. As a result, many job seekers think they need to say on their profile that they are actively searching. Otherwise, how else would a hiring manager or recruiter know to contact them? So they’ll add phrases like “open to new opportunities” or “seeking the next exciting challenge” or “seeking a position in…”
I always tell all my clients, however, not to add these phrases or anything else that indicates they are looking to their profile. Here’s why.
They Will Contact You Anyway
Everyone who uses LinkedIn for hiring (including both recruiters and hiring managers) knows to contact people who don’t appear to be actively looking if these people fit the bill. In fact, some recruiters will often unfairly give a preference to what they term “passive” candidates, i.e. those not actively looking. This preference is partly the result of the psychology around playing hard-to-get, and partly because of a bias against those who are unemployed.
There Is A Bias Against Hiring The Unemployed
This unfair and unfortunate bias has been documented; see this UCLA study for example. So you don’t want to put any verbiage in your profile that serves to underscore your currently unemployed status.
The headline is possibly the most important part on your LinkedIn profile. It is your 120 character hook to people finding you in a LinkedIn search, it should be about what you do as opposed to what you are. It should be memorable and enticing enough for someone to click on your profile and not your competitors.
Here is a compilation of a few interesting and creative LinkedIn headlines from around the world. Some are funny, some are memorable and some are very professional. Do let us know which is your favourite below in the comments section!
1. Left & right brain thinker
Giacomo Bracci Helsen clearly uses his whole brain when coming up with new strategies for design.
10. Not a team player?
Gordon Rae takes the biscuit with a humorous headline, wonder how it works when applying for a new job? Have a feeling Gordon isn’t too bothered!
I hope these headlines have given you some inspiration and will help you craft your own winning tagline on LinkedIn. If you want feedback on your headline, just write it in the comments and we’ll review it for you!
See all 10 headlines and the complete LinkHumans article