The summary section of your LinkedIn profile is key for quickly showcasing your skills to your connections and potential employers. You will learn how to create a compelling summary by treating this section as your professional introduction, using keywords, and highlighting your experience. Follow along with Greg Call in this tutorial.
- [Voiceover] This portion of our course will tackle creating an outstanding summary for your profile. The first step is adding the Summary section. Think of your summary as a professional introduction in three to four sentences. If someone approached and said, "Tell me a little bit about yourself professionally," how would you respond? I always advise service members and veterans to respond with two things. "What is inspiring about the work "that you've already done professionally?" and, "What do you aspire to do professionally in the future?" If our example, Nathan Cayden, is looking for a career in operations management, a solid summary might read, "Proven operations leader "that excels in fast-paced, rapidly changing environments.
"Detail oriented planner that effectively leads "multiple sized teams internationally. "Dedicated to driving success through teamwork "and building efficient processes. "Currently seeking my next opportunity "to make an impact within a company "as an operations manager." So let's break down why this summary works. It includes keywords and phrases that highlight your best skills. It talks about inspiring work already accomplished and it lets people know what your aspirations are.
Here are some other good examples by LinkedIn Veteran members. Let's take a quick look at Felipe's summary. Felipe succinctly talks about her military and veteran experience and hits key areas, including keywords, highlighted skills, inspiring work already done. You can also use Mike's summary for inspiration. Mike does a great job telling me what he's done and how he intends to bring to the table what he's learned.
He's specific about wanting to work in the tech industry in a role that thrives on leadership and strategic partnerships. Take these examples and make them your own. This is an opportunity to make a great first impression and make yourself memorable. Remember, your overall profile is a critical component of your professional identity, so make sure it's an accurate reflection of you. Keep the summary concise and make it interesting so that it engages LinkedIn members, recruiters, and employers who view your profile.
Focus on writing three to four sentences that inspire other professionals and employers while also informing them of your future career aspirations. After you've finished, reread the summary and ask yourself, "Would I be interested "in meeting or working with this person?" If so, mission accomplished and we can move on to the next section of your profile.
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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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