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Overused and Overrated: Delete these Words from Your LinkedIn Profile Now

Overused and Overrated: Delete these Words from Your LinkedIn Profile Now

There is no question that LinkedIn remains relevant for job seekers. In a recent survey, more than 77 percent of recruiters reported using the platform to find candidates for their positions.

This means that if you’re seeking a new position – actively, or if you’d be open to recruiters connecting with you – your LinkedIn should always be up to date.

While this is certainly good advice, not all LinkedIn users keep their profiles as current as they should. In a survey of more than a thousand LinkedIn users taken during the pandemic, more than 45 percent reported that their profiles on the platform were out of date in one way or another. Even if you’re not actively seeking a job, your network should still be informed about what you’re up to in your work life.

Out-of-date work history information isn’t the only way your LinkedIn can appear dated, either. The networking platform has expectations that change regularly.

Here, we’ll talk about how to make your LinkedIn profile current and appealing to recruiters.


Cut Jargon and Clichés

Remember when everyone was calling themselves “a ninja” on LinkedIn? Don’t worry; we want to forget, too. Clichés and jargon don’t help others find you on the platform.

Instead, use these tips:

  • Write a headline that summarizes who you are as a professional person.
  • Even if your job title was something officially at your company, clarify it if it’s unclear what it means out of context. For instance, if your job was “Chief Everything Officer” change it to “Chief Everything Officer (Community Management & HR).”
  • Replace clichés, like “thinking outside the box” with specific statements and projects where you demonstrated this quality. Rather than telling people looking at your profile that you have a skill, share specific instances where you showed this ability.


Replace Your Personal Photo with a Professional One

An issue that can arise on LinkedIn is blurring your professional and personal lives. There may have been a time when the network was still establishing itself when it was appropriate to post a picture of yourself at home or with your family. Not anymore.Replace Your Personal Photo with a Professional One

 While a blurring of the personal/professional lines may fly on other social networks, LinkedIn should sell you solely as a professional person. According to LinkedIn expert Nicole Williams, follow this rule when choosing a profile picture: “No dog, no husband, no baby!”

If you don’t have any photos that fit the bill, you may want to schedule a professional photoshoot for the high-caliber image that works best here. Also, if your only professional photos are years out of date, then it’s time to find a photo that conveys how you look now, not years ago.


Get Rid of Information About Your Life That’s Not Relevant to Your Career

LinkedIn has sections where you can describe your hobbies, note your marital status, and even add your Twitter handle. But don’t fill in these sections unless they’re relevant to your line of work.

Yes, LinkedIn lets you include more information than a resume does, but don’t clutter your profile with irrelevant information. Instead, use this space to share more about your career and your noteworthy wins. 


Emphasize Your Current Work Status, Not Older Endorsements

You might be proud of the comments you received from your colleagues, employer, or clients years ago. So proud that you could be tempted to leave these statements on your profile for too long.

Erica Breuer of The Muse explains why old accomplishment statements can hurt your LinkedIn profile:

“Outdated recommendations can undersell you or sell skills you’re not interested in using anymore—which means, they can undermine who you are today.”

So, only include the endorsements relevant to the professional you are today and the direction in which you want your career to go. What’s more, if you’ve discovered that all of your endorsements are dated, it may be time to reach out to your connections to collect new ones.


Add a Summary Statement

A summary isn’t always included on resumes anymore, but there’s room for them on LinkedIn pages. Summaries that describe who you are, what you want, and how you think can set you apart from others on the platform. Think of a summary as an introduction to who you are as a professional person. Further, write the summary in first person – “I” – to share more about yourself.


A Current LinkedIn Profile

Just like on other social media channels, and resumes themselves, the expectations for a LinkedIn profile are always in flux. Don’t ever think of your profile as a finished document. You should always stay connected to the shifting expectations of a LinkedIn page, as well as regularly updating your work history with your new positions, duties, and accomplishments.


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