Having a strong LinkedIn profile is an important part of a successful job search. Whether you are currently employed or unemployed it is important to craft a profile that accurately represents your skills and experience so potential employers and recruiters can get a clear picture of who you are and what you have to offer.
If you are currently unemployed, you might be wondering how to approach your profile. After all, you want to emphasize your strengths and experience while being honest about your current status. With that in mind, here are some tips on what to say on your LinkedIn profile if you are currently unemployed.
First, you should never feel embarrassed about your current employment status. You are not alone, millions of people in the United States are currently unemployed and you likely have some insightful and interesting experiences to share.
When describing your employment status focus on the positive. Instead of saying that you are “unemployed,” consider phrasing it more positively. For example, you could say that you are “seeking new opportunities,” or that you are “eager to apply my skills and experience to a new role.”
Second, focus on the experiences, knowledge and skills you have gained during your period of unemployment. Think about any specific areas you’ve developed or strengthened and emphasize them in your profile. For example, you might have gained valuable experience in project management and communication skills through volunteer work or freelance projects. You should also highlight any courses, certifications or other professional development activities you completed during this time.
Third, showcase your accomplishments. Have you achieved any notable successes during your time away from full time employment? If so, make sure to highlight them on your profile. You don’t need to include every single thing you did but make sure to call attention to any standout experiences or achievements.
Fourth, include an online portfolio or samples of your work. Having a portfolio of your work, such as writing samples, graphic designs or other creative projects can be a great way to provide potential employers with an impressive visual representation of your skills and abilities.
Finally, use your summary section to explain your situation. A couple of sentences in the About section of your profile can go a long way in helping to explain your current job search. For example, you could say something like, “I’m an experienced professional looking to leverage my skills and experience in a new role. Currently employed in a freelance or volunteer capacity and actively pursuing opportunities in [field.]”
By following these tips, you can craft a LinkedIn profile that accurately reflects your professional skills and experience even if you are currently unemployed. With a profile that makes the most of your strengths and experiences, you can make sure potential employers and recruiters get a complete and compelling picture of who you are and what you have to offer.