Stupid LinkedIn Mistakes: The Two Line Summary |

This one is one the saddest mistakes people make.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter, and welcome to another episode of I like to spend a few minutes daily just talking with you about some aspect of job hunting because I don't believe it has to be as hard, difficult or painful as it is for so many of you.

There's a different skill set to finding work than doing work and most of you haven't figured that out. Thus, you go on interviews unpracticed unrehearsed, and make the kind of mistakes that amateurs make. In this video, I just want to tell you very simply that there are so many mistakes that people make in their job search. This is one that involves your LinkedIn profile. And it's what I have dubbed "the two lines summary."

If you don't know it, LinkedIn offers you the opportunity to summarize what your experience is and, especially for those of you who are veteran professionals (By that I don't mean a one year person. I mean, you're an experienced individual). I don't care if you're a five year or 25 year, you have a lot of experiences under your belt. And, as such people looking at your profile might not get a clear idea of where your real strengths are, where your real abilities are. Thus, you're going to show up on more searches. That isn't necessarily a bad thing but you don't need to be contacted for things that really aren't what your strengths are. Heyt least using the summary.

If they look at your profile will allow them to, shall we say, filter you out, which you'll probably want.After all, do you really want to be doing the kind of work that you did 15 years ago, for example? Of course not.As such, the summaryis going to direct them to more relevant work.

Also, never forget, if you're an active job search mode, put your email address in your profile. I'm sorry. In your summary so that, in this way, they don't have to spend an inMail in order to contact you. They can just email you directly rather than going through the system.

Why is that important?

Frankly, it's a courtesy to them. It makes it easier for them to reach you. And LinkedIn only allows people with the LinkedIn Recruiter account a hundred inMails a month. You can do that in one search.

So, just be kind to them and give them your email address. After all, you're job hunting . Why are you trying to make it hard for people, right. So, those are a couple of things that you can do better on your summary. Hope you found that helpful. I hope you give this a great review on YouTube or wherever you're watching it.

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Hope you have a great day and take care.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1600 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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