The work experience section of your LinkedIn profile is one of the most important parts as it includes the majority of your professional experience. In this movie, Veteran Greg call will teach you how to add work experience to your LinkedIn profile. He suggests keeping it simple, using numbers where possible, and using the action result method in this section.
- Now the next section is usually one of the most difficult for service members and veterans: work experience. It's difficult because we often have a lot of different experiences that are sometimes hard to describe to civilians. However it's critical that we effectively communicate our professional experience in order to connect with all the opportunities on LinkedIn. To help you through this process, keep these tips in mind. Group your experience into overall themes. Instead of listing every billet you had in the military, group your billets into high level themes such as leadership or command, training or staff duties.
Tell a story in the job descriptions in three to four sentences paragraph form. It's not a resume so don't use bullet points. Keep it simple. Ask yourself, would a buddy or family member that's not in the military understand this description? And don't use military acronyms. Just write out the words. Use the action result method. Star with an action word and describe the action you took then the positive results of that action. And quantify whenever possible. Numbers are universal and are easier to understand by civilians and employers.
Okay, the first step here is adding the experience section to your profile. Just find it and click add. Now I'm gonna provide you with a great example of how you can represent your military experience on LinkedIn. First, fill out the company and title. In this case, US Army and team leader. Then the location and time period. Finally the most important part, the description. Led daily operations for a ten person team to ensure accomplishment of the unit's strategic missions. Primarily responsible for the team's readiness and planning, resulting in the successful completion of over 100 logistical resupplies.
Secondary responsibility included accountability of one million dollars worth of goods and materials without discrepancy over a two year period. Mentored and trained team members on technical skills facilitating 12 certifications and three promotions within the team. This description follows the guidelines that we set and accurately informs recruiters and employers about this job in way that they can easily understand. In this section we recommend including two to three different titles and descriptions. Some other titles Nathan might use are operations staff member or training and development instructor depending on what billets you held in the military.
Now what you want to avoid is not providing a short description of your job title. For example, if Nathan is interested in a business development manager position, but he only lists team leader, he may get passed up on that job because he didn't describe what he did. Like the fact that he led a team of ten soldiers or that he designed tactical field operations. Developing a great work experience section is key to connecting with opportunity. And it makes you discoverable to potential employers. You can be sure that employers and other LinkedIn members will be checking out your work experience.
So don't worry if you spend more time in this section of your profile than all the others combined. My best advice is just to dive in and get a first draft done now. Then have a few people that you trust to take a look at it and provide feedback. Incorporate that feedback, then repeat the process until both you and you advisers feel good about it. As you'll soon see with LinkedIn once you start adding your work experience and building up your profile, opportunities will find you.
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- Drawing attention to your LinkedIn profile
- Writing a compelling summary
- Adding your skills, experience, and education
- Growing your LinkedIn network
- Finding open job opportunities
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