Wherever your personal career journey has taken you, it’s important to figure out how to communicate that story to a potential employer. Here’s how to represent the following scenarios on your LinkedIn profile: http://blog.linkedin.com/2014/04/17/how-to-represent-your-unique-career-path-on-your-linkedin-profile-slideshare
Representing your unique career
path on your LinkedIn profile
Most career paths today are not linear
Some people hold temporary
roles, or move to new roles
within the same company…
…or take time off, have gaps of
unemployment, or change
Our career paths are not meant
to be simple, and the truth
is, some of our most trying
career (and life) moments can
teach us the most.
Wherever your personal career
journey has taken you, figure out
how to communicate that story to a
Scenario #1: Changing careers
It’s common to develop new interests
throughout the course of your career, and the
secret to successfully doing so is learning how
to articulate your rationale to hiring managers.
When it comes to telling your career story, don’t be
afraid to use humor and personality.
Scenario #2: Out of work for several years
Rather than focusing on why you have a
long-term unemployment gap on your
resume, emphasize your activities and
accomplishments during this period.
Highlight the activities you pursued during your
Scenario #3: Temporarily out of work
Most employers understand that short-term
unemployment periods are natural, so stay
confident and truthful when talking about it.
Showcase what you’ve accomplished during your
Scenario #4: At-home Periods (Parenting)
We are more than our
careers, and many people
make the decision to leave
the workplace to raise their
Your resume is your story, so you don’t need to limit
your accomplishments to the workplace.
Scenario #5: Part-time Positions
Part-time employment is a
common scenario, and it’s best
to be straightforward when
addressing it on your profile.
Treat your part-time position just as you would a
Scenario #6: Multiple part-term Positions
If you have a string of short-term
positions, bundle them into one large
project on your LinkedIn profile.
Organize your short-term positions into one larger
Scenario #7: Temp-to-hire Positions
Landing a temporary position is a
great way to work towards a full-time
role within the company.
If you are converted to a full-time hire, be proud! Make sure to
indicate that you transitioned into a direct hire position from your
Your career path is as unique as you are
By effectively positioning your career path on your LinkedIn
profile, potential employers will better understand your unique
qualifications and accomplishments.
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