November 25, 2016

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LinkedIn Tip of the Week: 5 things you shouldn't include in your LinkedIn profile


Bolstering your CV and LinkedIn profile with as much information as possible about your experience, education and skills is essential, right?

Well, not always. If your CV is lengthy you should probably cut out some of your earliest jobs and be a bit more selective in your approach.

Apart from that, we've highlighted a few specific things that you should always leave out of your profile:

Informal language
Just because LinkedIn is an online service and as such perceived as slightly less formal than a traditional CV, you shouldn't be using very informal language and unnecessary abbreviations or smileys.

Soft facts
Leave out achievements you either can't describe accurately or if it's unclear what your contribution was.

Irrelevant summary content
Your summary is one of the most important elements of your LinkedIn profile. This is what absolutely everybody reads when they visit your profile so you don't want to waste this precious real estate on irrelevant information. Make sure you leave out stuff from your personal life and stick to your professional achievements and goals.

Blaming others and bad excuses
Keep the bar high and focus on the positives. You shouldn't ever resort to writing anything negative about past employers and don't make up bad excuses for e.g. short-term appointments.

Annoying buzzwords
There's a fine line between sounding clever and out of touch - and that line is constantly moving. Using buzzwords is a minefield and if you are the sort of person who likes to stay abreast of the latest trends - and brag about it on LinkedIn - make sure that you sanity check your profile every three months. A couple of years ago, terms like motivated, passionate, problem-solving, driven and adaptability were must-haves on LinkedIn profiles of any career-minded professional. Now, these words sound clichéd and outdated.

Keeping these pointers in mind, maybe it's time to check up on your own LinkedIn profile?




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Thomas Sondergaard
Thomas Sondergaard