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LinkedIn Profile – Some mistakes

1. Present-tense verbs in past-role descriptionsLinkedIn

You might be great at keeping your resume up-to-date (and, if you aren’t, you can start now). But keeping your LinkedIn profile updated is a whole different story — most of us just slap on another position without taking time to update the others.

Unfortunately, few things confuse recruiters more than seeing you use the present tense to describe your accomplishments in three different positions. So, scroll through your jobs, and make sure that achievements listed under your previous roles (everything but your current position) are in the past tense. It may sound trivial, but with hiring managers spending no more than a few seconds skimming your profile — and with the riches of the internet vying for their attention — the smallest mistakes could cause them to click to another page.

2. Microsoft Word endorsements

Don’t get us wrong, we believe you’re a Microsoft Word expert. But if, under your “Skills and Endorsements” section, Microsoft Word — or even Microsoft PowerPoint — are listed before your more unique skills like programming, image editing, or copywriting, you’re wasting an opportunity to stand out. Either remove your Microsoft Word endorsements completely, or rearrange them so that your more highly-desired skills appear first.

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at Mistakes on my LinkedIn profile – Business Insider.

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