The 5 Most Worthless Phrases in Your LinkedIn Headline

LinkedIn HeadlineYour LinkedIn Headline is arguably the most important piece of real estate within your Profile.
Yet, many LinkedIn users remain confused how to best use the Headline or how to optimize it for maximum site traffic.

LinkedIn’s search algorithm ranks your Headline as the top indexed field in your Profile (second only to your name). In other words, out of all the data on your Profile, this field is weighted most heavily in user searches.

Therefore, you’ll want to consider carefully what you use in this field (and avoid using the default value, which is your current job title).

In addition, your Headline is first piece of information others will see when communicating with you! You only have to navigate LinkedIn briefly to see other Headlines displayed prominently under their names in nearly every part of the site.

Here, then, is a list of the most meaningless words you can put in your Headline (unfortunately, these were found in actual Profiles), plus some suggestions for stronger alternatives:
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7 Phrases to Delete From Your LinkedIn Profile

An interesting practice has appeared among LinkedIn Profiles, where phrases taboo on resumes (like self-motivated team player) are creeping back into job hunter credentials.

Unfortunately, these mundane phrases can make it difficult for you to maximize LinkedIn for your job search. Why? Employers have to see past these overused terms in order to even FIND your value proposition.

With a little ingenuity, however, you can pull the lackluster phrases out of your Profile and replace them with powerful writing attuned to your personal style and energy.

Here are some of the worst offenders lurking among LinkedIn Profiles, along with suggestions for alternative wording: Continue reading “7 Phrases to Delete From Your LinkedIn Profile”

Are These LinkedIn Problems Affecting Your Job Search?

linkedin slow job searchDoes any of this sound familiar in your job search?

• You send LinkedIn messages to others, but they don’t respond
• You’ve filled in your LinkedIn Profile, but you’re not sure it represents you or your brand
• You see a steady stream of Congratulations messages for others (who’ve landed jobs that should go to you)

To get better results, take a look at these LinkedIn issues (common to frustrated candidates!):

1 – You put in the minimum effort when writing your LinkedIn Profile.

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How to Stop Your Work Anniversary Notifications on LinkedIn

Annoyed with the flood of “Congratulations!” notes on LinkedIn every time your work anniversary rolls around?

Try removing the Months on your jobs in the Experience section. Navigate to the job on LinkedIn, click the pencil icon to edit the dates, and select “Choose” instead of specifying the month. Hit Save and you’re done!

But don’t stop there – tune your Profile to your advantage:

7 Phrases to Delete From Your LinkedIn Profile

What Does Your LinkedIn Photo Say About Your Executive Brand?

3 Ways to Update Your LinkedIn Profile on The Sly

5 Secrets to a Knockout LinkedIn Profile Summary

The 5 Most Worthless Phrases in Your LinkedIn Headline

Is Your LinkedIn Photo a Joke?

3 Ways to Avoid the #1 LinkedIn Headline Mistake

In a nutshell, use the right type of message and content on LinkedIn to attract your target audience and keep the focus where you want it: on your qualifications.

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How to Add Your Success Stories on LinkedIn for Better Traffic

linkedin_success_storiesHave you noticed that your resume content and achievements are often too long to fit into your LinkedIn Profile?

Despite the ease of uploading content into LinkedIn, there’s no way around the limitations (2,000 characters – including spaces!) available for each job.

However, if you get smart about keyword strategy and learn to condense your career story, you’ll fit it all in – AND get rewarded with more traffic on the site.

Here’s how to describe your achievements, add keywords, and attract more interest from employers, while condensing your content on LinkedIn: Continue reading “How to Add Your Success Stories on LinkedIn for Better Traffic”

Did You Make This Mistake in Updating Your LinkedIn Profile?

LinkedIn Profile WritingApplying for jobs on LinkedIn, but no one is biting?

You might have missed this critical step:

Popping your Profile text into Word and running spell check!

Before you dismiss this step as unimportant, consider the following Profile errors seen in the past 10 days ALONE: Continue reading “Did You Make This Mistake in Updating Your LinkedIn Profile?”

What’s The Secret to Getting Hired From LinkedIn? (Part 4: Boosting Your Profile SEO)

LinkedIn Profile OptimizationFrustrated with LinkedIn and waiting to see if things change? 

I hope not. 

If your Profile is passed over by employers, you need to use these power-packed LinkedIn strategies:

Now, we’re on to one of my favorite steps for maximizing LinkedIn:

4 – You DO need more than generalities in your Profile.

If you’ve read any of my articles on LinkedIn keyword optimization (LinkedIn SEO) for your Profile and Headline, you know how passionate I am about this subject.

Whenever I read about someone frustrated with LinkedIn, they inevitably have a LinkedIn Profile that rambles on about how “versatile” and “adaptable” they are, with little regard to the hard skills employers are seeking.

Specific, technical capabilities (such as “project management,” “grant writing,” “application development,” or “P&L”) are valuable to companies that are hiring.

“Self-motivation” or “communications skills,” not so much.

These skills-based keywords WILL get you more traffic and more job opportunities on LinkedIn, so take every opportunity to use them (repeatedly) throughout your Profile.

Also, look up the skills noted on your desired job descriptions, and add them in your Skills & Expertise section. Ask others for Endorsements on them (which will also increase your hit rate for these terms).

You can do it! Start making changes now… and you’ll notice an uptick in your traffic.

Up next: What’s the Secret to Getting Hired From LinkedIn? (Part 5: Leveraging LinkedIn for Follow-Up)

Award-winning executive resume writer Laura Smith-Proulx of An Expert Resume has a 98% success rate collaborating with executives and rising professionals to capture top jobs at Fortune-ranked corporations, start-ups, and emerging leaders.

A 8-time certified job search coach, master resume writer, LinkedIn expert, and former recruiter, Laura’s work has been published in more than 200 venues worldwide and featured in CIO.com, CareerBuilder, Wall Street Journal, The Denver Post, Forbes, Monster.com, The Chicago Tribune, and other media.

She holds the U.S. record for global resume writing TORI awards from 2007 through 2013, with 23 total distinctions. Laura is a featured Personal Branding and Resume Expert for CareerRocketeer.com and Careerealism.com, the National Resumes Examiner for Examiner.com, and Job-Hunt.org’s LinkedIn for Job Search Expert, as well as the author of How to Get Hired Faster: 60+ Proven Tips and Resources to Access the Hidden Job Market and Power Up Your Job Search With LinkedIn.