The headline is possibly the most important part on your LinkedIn profile. It is your 120 character hook to people finding you in a LinkedIn search, it should be about what you do as opposed to what you are. It should be memorable and enticing enough for someone to click on your profile and not your competitors.
Here is a compilation of a few interesting and creative LinkedIn headlines from around the world. Some are funny, some are memorable and some are very professional. Do let us know which is your favorite below in the comments section!
Be sure to check out the Top 10 LinkedIn Headlines of Recruiters as well.
Glenn Le Santo keeps it brief. If you have ever seen Glenn's speed of content creation you would definitely agree with his statement in the headline.
3. Wickless Candles Fun?
How exactly are candles fun? Well the headlines sounds like fun. Bit of a tongue twister perhaps but certainly an intriguing headline by Rebecca Brown.
4. The clear value statement
Our great friend and LinkedIn supremo Ed Han has gone for the classic personal brand statement with clear value to the reader.
5. The publicity expert on Google
Joan Stewart is the Publicity Hound, there is no confusion here about what she does for a living.
6. The secret agent
Tony Giovannini is a secret agent at UTV, what he really does is obviously shrouded in mystery.
7. Living the dream
Antonio Rocha Ferreira is living it up in Lisbon town, to find out more we have to click on his profile (and how could we resist with such a great headline?).
8. Human potential
Unleashing that human potential on LinkedIn, Steven Pallesen has gone for an almost philosophical headline.
9. The non-dead recruiter
Michael Bense has our favorite recruiter headline and deserves a mention here as well.
10. Not a team player?
Gordon Rae takes the biscuit with a humorous headline, wonder how it works when applying for a new job? Have a feeling Gordon isn't too bothered!
I hope these headlines have given you some inspiration and will help you craft your own winning tagline on LinkedIn. If you want feedback on your headline, just write it in the comments and we'll review it for you!
Still struggling with your headline? Check out Link Humans LinkedIn training courses in the UK and beyond.
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There are many career networking opportunities available for job seekers. Networking opportunities prove useful however, at some point; you are going to be required to submit one of two documents. The documents required will be a resume or Curriculum Vitae (A typed summary of your professional and educational background). Resumes and Curriculum Vitaes are documents that should never be considered finished. These two things should be continuously updated in order to properly display pertinent information about your professional and academic careers. It is highly recommended that resumes contain no more than one page for sometimes, less is more and resume writing proves no exception. There are certain things that you should leave off your resume because they will look amateurish.
The following are five suggestions for worthwhile exclusions:
1. Leave photos off your resume
Discrimination suits prove rampant in the field of Human Resources and employment services. If someone presents a resume with a picture and that person is not hired, it leaves room to file a discrimination law suit claiming the person was not hired because their picture was not appealing. Most company Human Resource departments will just throw resumes with pictures away or save them to avoid the discrimination issue altogether.
2. References Available on Request
This statement should NEVER appear on your resume. Hiring mangers know that you need reliable references during your job search. Ensure that you have your “reference” list prepared upon request. You want the list to be updated with the correct contact and professional information. Do not forget to update your reference sheet before job hunting. It could prove embarrassing if one of your professional references is contacted and they no longer work at the same company. This can put uncertainty into the minds of hiring managers and could cause you to not get the job.
3. Unprofessional email address
Unprofessional email addresses should not be placed on resumes. Email address such as notsodumbperson (at) gmail.com or likestoparT (at) yahoo.com will not impress a potential employer. It is highly recommended before you start job searches that you create another email address. The address should include a basic first name [dot] last name. Yahoo and Gmail are popular email servers that offer free email accounts. These accounts allow for creating professional email addresses to use for job searches.
See more at How To Create a Professional Email Signature for Your Job Search.
4. Posting every job you had since high school
All of us remember working at the local theatre or pizza shop during high school. You should leave this point out of your resume. It proves necessary to keep your job history accounted for, but you do not have to list every job you have held dating back to your high school years. It is essential to determine what jobs in the past proves relevant to the job(s) you are applying for. Re-read your resume and you should determine if the jobs listed fall into these two categories: Recent and relevant. If a past-job does not qualify for these categories, leave it out.
5. Avoid boring and inadequate language
Phrases such as “detail-oriented” and “team player” are no longer phrases that can effectively promote you. Instead, use terms that describe what makes you a team performer or how you pay attention to detail in making projects and company missions successful. Keep in mind that the “verbiage” you place on your resume is what catches the attention of hiring managers. Words do prove effective and can make the difference in obtaining an interview or a letter in the mail stating you are not qualified for the job.
Further reading at 4 Vital Resume Tips from the Career Pros.
Wilson Campbell is an HR expert, who specializes in team building and team building activities. Also he is expert in troubleshooting the concerns and considerations of employees.
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We recently had a chat with NPR (that's National Public Radio), based in Washington, DC.
In these changing times for recruiting, Lars, who is the founder of #pubjobs, believes in proactively driving social recruiting strategies.
In this interview, Jorgen Sundberg, founder of Link Humans, found out:
• More about NPR and its objectives• What are the main challenges when trying to find talent
• How to leverage a strong consumer brand to a strong employer brand
• How social media are proactively changing rectruiting strategies
• Top tips to get a job at NPR, what social media tools to use
• And last but not least: the mystery of Lars Schmidt's name finally revealed!
What do you guys think of Lars' points? Do you make the most of social media for recruiting and job hunting? We'd love to hear your thoughts, so do share your ideas!