LinkedIn summaries are good ways to explain your experiences and show who you are.
It's important to get keywords in them so that your profile shows up in searches.
You might approach your LinkedIn summary the way you do the "objective" part of your résumé - you would rather ignore it, or you're not sure if you need it, or maybe you're not even sure what, exactly, it is.Advertisement
Courtesy of Blair Decembrele
Blair Decembrele, LinkedIn career expert and marketing director.
Not unlike a cover letter, the LinkedIn summary section, which appears right below your profile photo, frames who you are and what you're looking for.
"Whether you are looking for a new job, to stay up to date on the latest business news or looking for new leads, consider your summary as your elevator pitch for whatever you are in it for," Blair Decembrele, LinkedIn career expert, told Business Insider.
"Having a strong summary helps ensure you turn up in LinkedIn searches from recruiters, hiring managers, or other people who may want to work with you," added Decembrele, who is also the director of editorial marketing and consumer communications at LinkedIn.
Here are Decembrele's tips for writing a stellar summary:
Your LinkedIn summary is one of the first things a recruiter will see
Think of the summary as a shortened cover letter
Include keywords, not buzzwords
Write in the first person
Make sure it's at least 40 words, but no more than a few paragraphs