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5 Words Fortune 500 Executives Use on Their LinkedIn Profiles

Language matters, even in your LinkedIn profile. That’s why Grammarly recently combed through hundreds of LinkedIn profiles from Fortune 500 employees—entry-level workers all the way up through the C-suite—to see if any words or phrases stood out. The results offer some compelling insights into how truly high-level jobseekers brand themselves online.

Specifically, Grammarly found that director- and executive-level employees tend to use certain keywords that distinguish their LinkedIn profiles from those of their lower-level counterparts. Five words in particular stand out—and they may be words worth adding to your own LinkedIn account.

Five Smart Words for Your LinkedIn Profile

Leader. How would you describe yourself? As a worker? An employer? Or a real leader? Apparently, asserting your authority is a good way to make your LinkedIn profile persuasive.

Strategic. Close to a third of all director-level employees use this word in their LinkedIn profile—compared to just five percent of entry-level folks. Use it to show that you take a long-term, big-picture view.

Solution. Your future employer doesn’t want someone who will spin their wheels and do busywork. They want someone who will solve problems. Make sure your LinkedIn profile demonstrates this.

Innovative. When you use this word, and pair it with specific examples of when you’ve gone against the grain and it’s paid off, you can expect recruiters to pay attention.

ROI. Can you show that you boosted your company’s return on investment? As in, I increased ROI by more than 135 percent? That’s one concrete way in which the ablest jobseekers set themselves apart.

Branding Yourself on LinkedIn

As ever, we stress that simply using buzzwords is not enough to make your LinkedIn presence winsome. You have to show, not just tell, which means including specific examples of how you’ve shown leadership, innovated, been strategic, etc. Statistics and lists of key achievements matter more than mere buzzwords.

Even so, there’s obviously something to be said for these keywords, when used judiciously within a robust LinkedIn career summary. They can help you stand out, and put you into the upper echelon of jobseekers.

We’d love to show you the ropes with your own LinkedIn profile optimization; to start presenting yourself as a truly A-level candidate, reach out to the Grammar Chic, Inc. resumes team today. Contact us online at www.grammarchic.net, or call us directly at 803-831-7444.

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Secrets of LinkedIn: How to Take Your Job Search to the Next Level

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How much do you know about LinkedIn? Most of us are aware of its status as the premier social network for professional development and corporate outreach—the “Facebook for work,” as some call it. Certainly, for those seeking to land new employment, knowing the ins and outs of LinkedIn can make a world of difference.

That’s a slightly more complicated task than you might think, though: Like most social networks, it is possible to spend a great deal of time on LinkedIn and still have only a surface understanding of its true power and usefulness.

The truth is, when you really know your way around LinkedIn, it can prove a powerful tool for researching and preparing for job interviews—and more. Consider these not-so-well-known LinkedIn strategies:

Research the Recommendations

Generally speaking, people write recommendations for other people and companies based on their own values—on the things that really matter to them. If you find someone who has written a number of recommendations based on strong customer service ability, for instance, it probably means that this recommendation writer is truly passionate about customer service. Before going in for a job interview, try to find the LinkedIn page of the person you’ll be interviewing with; check his or her recommendations for some insights into the person’s true values and priorities.

Check the Status

On a related note, some business and personal LinkedIn pages will include some regular status updates. Not all LinkedIn users post statuses, of course, but for the ones who do, make sure you do a little research—especially when preparing for an interview. Again, this is simply a good way of discovering the values of the company you’re about to interview with. (You can “follow” companies you’re interested in, by the way, to really keep up to date with them.)

Look for Power Networkers

What do we mean when we refer to a power networker? We mean anyone with more than 200 LinkedIn connections. Typically, these folks love to help others, and they live for networking. If you have any kind of an established relationship with these folks, it is highly advantageous to reach out to them and ask if they could introduce you to some potential employers.

Stand Out—in the Right Way

Finally, note that your LinkedIn profile needs to be accurate and up to date, but it also needs to be appealing to employers. First impressions are everything, so while you do need to stand out from the rest of the pack, you don’t want to do so in a way that immediately causes employers to lose interest. The photo, headline, and job titles are especially important. Don’t include anything weird or annoying after your name—you just need your name, not a catchphrase or a phone number—and make sure your job titles are all ones that will be non-threatening to employers. For example, you may have owned your own company in the past, but an employer does not want to risk butting heads with another strong-willed entrepreneur—so you might call yourself General Manager, instead.

None of these tips are guaranteed to win you a job, but they can help you to go into interviews fully prepared—and also to ensure that, when employers follow up with you on LinkedIn, they like what they see.

Grammar Chic is more than happy to offer professional LinkedIn profile building and other career services; to learn more, visit www.grammarchic.net or call 803-831-7444803-831-7444.

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