By Jenny Foss | The Muse
You’re smart, effervescent, and frankly so darned funny that people gravitate toward you on humor alone.
Why, then, does your LinkedIn summary read like something out of Professor Crabapple’s dry, outdated textbook from that Career Prep 101 class you once took?
My guess is that your answer will be one of the following:
- Someone has convinced you that you have to be uptight and boring in order to come across as a viable professional.
- You slapped that LinkedIn profile up three years ago and haven’t revisited the summary since.
- You agonized over what to say, and then decided it’s best to err (way) on the side of caution.
Your LinkedIn summary is one of the most valuable pieces of real estate you’ve got when it comes to showcasing your authentic, genuine, and amazing self. It’s the place at which you get to be more personal than, say, on your resume or in a job application. It’s where you get to lay down, if you choose to, an incredible, original first impression to recruiters, decision makers, potential clients, and the universe of other professionals who are going to head to LinkedIn first when they want to “check you out.”
So, don’t squander this moment.
You want a stellar LinkedIn summary? Make sure it’s these four things: