Friday, October 23, 2009

Your LinkedIn *Status Bar* - Tips for Job Seekers

If you do choose to write that you are looking for a position, here are some things that DON’T work:

…is enjoying acting in her first theatrical production! [Why would you have this update posted for 12 days (at least)? What about your job search?]
…is looking for a job in IT. [boring and too broad]
…Any help would be appreciated. [desperate?]
…1 month ago [update please?]
…3 months ago [really. Update. Please?]

Some better updates:

… is seeking full time employment as an HR Manager in the Boston area. [If your headline is strong, this update will be a nice complement and will present itself as an opportunity for recruiters!]

…is actively networking and researching opportunities with established and growing architecture practices [This one shows you are doing your part to create a great position for yourself, without looking like you need help or are desperate for work.]

Let’s take a look at one that tries hard but doesn’t quite do the trick:

Accountant looking for next great opportunity!

There’s some desperation coming through here. “Great opportunity” is a catch phrase that might not land the way you want it to land, especially with an exclamation point at the end. Use your *headline* to state what sets you apart from every other accountant. In your status bar, state what kind of position you are looking for, what sized firm you are targeting, or something about what activities related to your field you are doing day to day.

There is a fine line between enthusiasm and desperation. Get someone with a professional eye to check which side of the line you are on.

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