3 Tips for Writing a Stand-Out LinkedIn Summary

Chances are, if you’re a professional in today’s social media-driven world, you have a LinkedIn profile. According to LinkedIn, their professional social network now includes 380,000,000 registered users--and it’s growing. With 118 million users in the U.S. and 39 million students and recent college graduates joining the site, it’s worth pausing to consider a simple change that can make you stand out in the crowded world of LinkedIn: writing a stand-out summary.

On LinkedIn, the summary feature is the first part of your profile viewers must scroll through. It’s  a crucial virtual first impression you can make to current and future employers and colleagues. However, many users overlook their LinkedIn summary as simply one more box to fill out and feature to scroll past. But leaving the summary blank it is a serious misstep, because it’s the ideal space to briefly tell the story of who you are and what you do. Without it, you risk creating a profile filled with experience but lacking a humanizing portrait of the person behind the profile.

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