If you are somebody that already uses the world’s largest professional network, then you know that LinkedIn is an unbeatable opportunity for you to showcase yourself to HR managers and recruiters alongside your resume. It is a direct route to connect with a company, or someone within that company. There is no wonder it is the number one online platform for job-seekers and employers.
Having a good LinkedIn summary can go far in the industry. Many employers search their top applicants on LinkedIn before making the call for an interview. This is a great opportunity to further entice by sharing all of those great things you would like an employer to know about you, but that don't seem relevant to include in your cover letter.
Like any expression, there is an art to writing a good summary. Think of a great cover letter but with less bounds. This is your story, and everyone loves a good story.
If you need some inspiration to get going, here’s an amazing article I came across on Forbes. It is a guideline that I not only used for my own LinkedIn summary, but that I use when creating summaries for clients. For more examples of bios and summaries I have written, have a look at these free downloads.
Or for a finished example using these guidelines, you can check out my own personal summary here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ericatremblay
Erica Tremblay is a master wordsmith with a dedication to helping people create their success. She writes as she lives: with a fine balance of mathematics and creative expression.