How to write a LinkedIn profile

How to write a LinkedIn profile

LinkedIn is a platform for professional networking, and one that is used extensively by recruiters and employers, hence having a presence on it is likely to do more good than harm.

It also makes sense that your LinkedIn profile should reflect and reinforce what is on your CV, however, knowing where to draw the line is important too.

Don't just copy everything from your CV straight into your profile; there are a few reasons for this:

  • It has a different purposeĀ – CVs are intended to get you an interview, the LinkedIn profile is an addition to your professional image online.
  • It has a different audienceĀ – many people who will come across your profile on the platform are not looking to hire you.
  • It makes you look like you are seeking to move. Don’t come across as desperate to leave your current job, be picky about the right opportunities.
  • The way in which it is consumed is different. A LinkedIn profile is structured to allow quick reading and some sections can be skipped, whereas a CV is expected to be read in full.
  • It depends on how good your CV is of course – if your CV is poorly written and not detailed enough then using it as a foundation for your profile will not benefit you greatly.
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