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I was a Fortune 500 HR SVP for ten million years, but I was an opera singer before I ever heard the term HR. The higher I got in the corporate world, the more operatic the action became. I started writing about the workplace for the Chicago Sun-Times in 1997, but it took me ages to find my own voice. Now I write for the Huffington Post, Business Week, LinkedIn, the Harvard Business Review, the Denver Post and Forbes.com and lead the worldwide Human Workplace movement to reinvent work for people. Stop by and join us: http://www.humanworkplace.com
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Your LinkedIn Summary is a description of who you are and what you do professionally. Your strongest LinkedIn Summary will have a human voice in it!
If you write your LinkedIn profile in the language I call Corporate Speak Zombie language, you’re going to sound like every other battle drone in the Empire’s battalion. You won’t sound like yourself.
Recruiters and hiring managers love to hunt for candidates on LinkedIn. If you were a hiring manager with a position to fill, wouldn’t you turn to LinkedIn? I sure would! There are over three hundred million people using LinkedIn, and a lot of them are job-hunting.
The three LinkedIn users whose Summaries we’ve shared below are all job-hunting, and none of them is in a stealth job search. They’ve already left their most recent jobs. They are free range chickens. They don’t care who knows they’re job-hunting.
In their Summaries, these three job-seekers tell you who they are and what they intend to do next in their careers. They don’t hide behind zombie language like “Results-oriented professional” and they don’t list their finest qualities. They’d be horrified to stoop to praising themselves!
Here are three LinkedIn Summaries to give you ideas for your own Summary:
Justin is a Customer Service Supervisor.
I’m a Customer Service Supervisor who loves to mentor and develop team members. I was a Customer Service Rep for Verizon for six years and then a Customer Service Team Lead for two years at Jackson Heights Delivery, where I supervised 14 call center reps in a fast-and-furious environment. I’m looking to join an organization that views excellent customer service as a competitive advantage.
Irena is a Sales and Marketing Manager for restaurants.
I went to culinary school and was a sous chef before learning that I love the sales and marketing side of the restaurant business. I’ve led the Marketing charge at Rachel’s Seafood, which was twice voted Best of Atlanta, and was Marketing Director at Super Salad as we grew from three to 14 locations. Now I’m looking for a new adventure to help a restaurant or food business grow!
Thuy is an Administrative Assistant.
I am an Administrative Assistant with a knack for correspondence and event planning. My first job was at American Bank where I was a teller for six months before becoming the Administrator for the bank president, Amy Whitley.
Under Amy I learned to plan events, create newsletters, listen to and respond to urgent customer needs and our staff members’ concerns, and keep my head when things were going crazy around me. I know all the usual MS Office tools and can create PowerPoint decks, Constant Contact newsletters and Excel reports. I left the bank when Amy retired and I’m on the hunt for new challenges!
Can you tell your human story in your LinkedIn Summary to attract hiring managers and recruiters who need to know you? Remember that the person you are right now is perfectly suited to tons of open job positions. Go ahead and sound human in your LinkedIn profile — humans love to hire other humans!