Tips on Presenting Yourself on LinkedIn – When You’re Unemployed
It’s the status we all fear.
It’s the box we hate to tick.
It’s not a word that we’d put on our CV or resume, but what about LinkedIn?
How do we avoid either keeping our past job position as our headline, or, worse still, having a headline that says ‘Unemployed’?
As I see it, your LinkedIn headline is like your introduction. It presents who you are and what you do. Your headline networks on your behalf – across time zones and territories – while you are getting on with your job search or career.
What it says is SUPER important – as important as those first few moments when you introduce yourself to a new person.
What choices does LinkedIn offer in terms of creating a compelling headline?
The deck below offers a guided tour of the different styles of LinkedIn headlines available. Find out what would be a good headline style for you – whether you’re unemployed or in gainful employment!
LinkedIn headlines for the ‘temporarily’ unemployed
I don’t recommend having ‘Unemployed’ or ‘Seeking opportunities in …’ as a headline. If you are currently unemployed, opt for a keyword only headline that focuses on your skills and areas of expertise.
Equally, if you are interning or currently employed on a temporary contract, a keyword only headline will attract much more traffic from recruiters.
In both cases, follow up your new headline with a Summary that provides the reader with a clear idea of your skills, your experience, and what you have to offer. Think of your LinkedIn headline as your hook and your summary as your pitch. This is your pitch – it’s you talking to a potential employer or HR person. So sell yourself to them!
If you really want to mention that you’re currently looking for work, then end your summary with a sentence that shows you are ‘Seeking opportunities in…’ or ‘open to offers in Asia…’.
This way, the dreaded word ‘Unemployed’ does not feature on your profile, and you come across as the professional, skilful person that you are!
Bridget Rooth would describe herself as a complete LinkedIn geek (although she doesn’t quite use those words on her LinkedIn profile!). She recently channelled all this geekiness into designing an online LinkedIn course to help others create an awesome LinkedIn profile.
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This is a brilliant course if you’re the kind of person who:
Hates writing about yourself (we’ve got a module on how to write professionally about yourself in English);
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