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LinkedIn / Your Profile When You’re Unemployed

This may sound odd, but if you’re unemployed, you actually have BETTER opportunities to promote yourself on LinkedIn than other users.

Openly displaying your personal brand and skills is simpler than fretting over the possibility that your boss is reviewing your Profile changes with suspicion.

Still, marketing yourself on LinkedIn when you’re openly seeking a new job can be daunting. What should you disclose about your job search and goals – and how much?

Use these tips for a strong LinkedIn profile – one that tells employers why you’re an asset to their organization, while capitalizing on your ability to freely promote your skills:

1. Your Headline

Here’s where you’ll want to ensure your value proposition (rather than your employment status) stands out. After all, your Headline is prime real estate—displayed in nearly every interaction you’ll have on the site AND the #1 most heavily weighted field in LinkedIn’s indexing scheme…

2. Your Summary

Just like your Headline, the Summary can be used to deliver a direct message to employers—referring to your value proposition first and foremost…

3. Your Experience

If your employment ended only recently, you have several options. Some users leave the Profile as is for a few months, especially if they’re technically still “employed” by receiving severance pay. You may need to check with your former employer before doing this…

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor


via Writing Your LinkedIn Profile When You’re Unemployed | CAREEREALISM.

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