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Four Tips for Creating a Stellar LinkedIn Summary

Posted by Brian Spence on Sep 6, 2017 8:00:00 AM

LinkedIn, Career AdviseWhether you are looking to get a new job or to simply connect with others in your field, creating a stellar LinkedIn summary is important. If you are unsure where to start with your LinkedIn summary, consider some of the advise offered earlier this year in a Forbes article.

Give your summary personality.

Often, people focus on making sure that their summary properly portrays their educational and career achievements. While those are an important part of your summary, let your real personality stand out as well. Showcase what makes you unique. If you've run a marathon on every continent, include that. Include short bits of interesting information about yourself that will make you stand out from the crowd, even if the information has nothing to do with your work.

Do not focus on having the perfect first draft.

Instead of obsessing over creating a perfect first draft, focus on simply getting something down. If you are waiting for the perfect words to come to mind, they may never arrive. If, though, you just allow yourself to write, your less-than-perfect draft could lead you to something better.

Be specific when it comes to accomplishments.

This could include awards as well as specific ways you have helped at your job. Did you come up with a plan that saved your company money? Were you able to bring in more clients? Did you find a way to accomplish a task faster while also be just as efficient? Include these things and any other career accomplishments.

Once you are done, have others read through your summary.

The Forbes article suggests you have three people read over your summary. This includes someone in your target audience, a mentor or coach, and a friend. These people can help you understand if there is anything you should change about your summary.

If you would like to learn more about connecting positively with others in your career network, visit the LinkedIn and Career Advice sections of our blog.

 

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