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Go check out the competition. Search LinkedIn for keywords that might find someone like you. Chances are, you see hundreds or thousands of search results within miles of you. Your profile can easily be lost in a sea of people with similar backgrounds and career interests. How do you get attention from a potential client, employer or influential contact?
One way to break through the clutter: a killer headline.
A headline is your chance to make a personal statement about who you are, what you believe, and what you have to offer. It’s an opportunity to pique a reader’s interest or connect with an employer’s need. While the profile speaks to qualifications for a job, a headline can speak to motivation. Profile: professional, Headline: personality. Use this space to sell yourself as the individual that you are.
Some things to keep in mind when writing a headline:
- Keywords — Ultimately, the higher in a search you appear, the more likely you are to be scoped out by a potential connection. Understand what keywords are most likely to be used in a search for someone like you. You’ll want to pepper them through your profile, but having them in your headline will help your search positioning.
- Catchy — If your headline can make a reader stop and wonder, you’re in good shape. Try to craft something that will induce someone to click on your profile, even out of sheer curiosity.
Marketing maven with a passion for online communities.
IT specialist devoted to creating stable, scalable solutions for small business.
Office Manager and your next indispensable right hand.
Or, whatever makes sense for your situation.
Now, if you’re looking for a new opportunity like me, you may also want to consider putting that information in your headline. Here’s my current headline as an example:
So, go take a crack at making your own splash in LinkedIn search, and let me know how it goes. What’s your headline? Share it in the comments below.