Join May Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Write a compelling summary, part of LinkedIn for Veterans.
- [Tutor] 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 asked, "Tell me a little bit about yourself professionally", how would you respond? We 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 project management, a solid summary might read, "Proven operations leader who excels in fast-paced, rapidly changing environments.
Detail-oriented planner who 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 a project manager." So let's breakdown why this summary works. It includes keywords and phrases that highlight your best skills. It talks about inspiring work already accomplished and it let's people know what your aspirations are. Here are some other good examples by veteran members.
Let's take a quick look at RaeAnne's summary. RaeAnne succinctly talks about her military and veteran experience, and hits key areas including keywords, highlighted skills, and 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 finish, 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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- Creating a strong LinkedIn profile
- Writing a compelling summary
- Adding your work experience
- Adding skills and endorsements to your profile
- Using the Education, Honors, and Awards features
- Connecting with other LinkedIn members
- Finding open job opportunities
- Using Linked Learning to build skills
- Getting a free LinkedIn premium subscription