In fact, if you have an end date for your last position on your LinkedIn profile – and you do not have a current position – your status may drop from “All Star” status to “Expert” status. This can make it far more challenging for recruiters and hiring managers to find you.
The question then becomes: how do you keep a high status and preferred search result ranking while remaining truthful about your employment situation?
Use a “To Present” Position in Your Summary
I recommend using a “To Present” position like this one:
“Seeking Marketing Role | May 2015 to Present”
Here, you can truthfully outline what you are doing to keep your skills up to date. Doing this will help you stay relevant in two ways: (1) keep your status and search ranking high and (2) helps with keyword optimization.
The content underneath the title and company areas can list conferences you’ve attended, networking events, professional association meetings and educational pursuits (including self-learning) during this time to maintain your network and knowledge of trends. You can also use this section to outline any temporary work you’ve done during this time.
The main objective is to make sure employers (and the search engine) can see you’re remaining active while looking for work!
Express Value in Your Headline
The headline is the area of your LinkedIn profile people see first. Especially for those currently looking for work, this space must be used to convey the value you can provide for an employer. For example:
“Software Sales Professional who grew inside sales 182% in 3 months.”
Need more ideas on what to say in your headline? Make sure to look at our samples for ideas on how to properly convey career achievements.
Reinforce Your Value Throughout Your Profile
Similar to the headline, make sure your entire profile delivers a powerful message to employers:
- Use quantified statements throughout your profile
- List your relevant achievements, accomplishments and awards
- Under publications, list the white papers, research papers and posts you’ve written
- In the volunteer section, show how you are remaining active in the community
- In your status updates, share the latest blogs by well-known influencers in your industry
- Consider including a “Why Should You Hire Me?” section in the summary (which not only shows confidence, but is a great place to insert keywords)
Lastly, make sure your contact information is easily found and have a call to action at the end of the summary. That way, you can easily encourage employers to contact you via email and/or phone!
Being unemployed doesn’t have to be a LinkedIn Killer. You just have to know how to leverage your current status, and stay relevant to those looking to hire you, right now!
For this post, YouTern thanks our friends at Chameleon Resumes!
About the Author: Lisa Rangel, founder and managing director of Chameleon Resumes, a Forbes Top 100 Career Website, has helped hundreds land the exact job they wanted. A former recruiter, she is a 7-time certified resume writer, job search consultant, and one of the few resume writers performing resume and job search-related work for LinkedIn. Lisa has been featured on Forbes, LinkedIn, Investors Business Daily, and many more publications. Follow Lisa on Twitter!