June 24, 2013, 2:02 PM — You're LinkedIn, yet out of work.
Do you use the good 'ol "seeking new opportunities" euphemism or fess up that you're currently not drawing a paycheck?
Experts say it's a fine line between desperate and desirable for recruiters and others perusing your profile. "When people broadcast their joblessness 'it just sounds desperate,' says Pete Leibman, author of “I Got My Dream Job and So Can You.” 'I think they’ll be better off if they say something about what they’ve achieved in the past and how they can help employers going forward'. "
Dos and Don'ts:
- Use the "summary" field to expand on top achievements and talents. Avoid cliches and generalities (hard worker! motivated to succeed!) and stick with specific examples about how your experience, projects and performance impacted previous employers.
- Keep your summary relatively brief - no more than two-thirds of a computer screen.
- Avoid writing about yourself in the third person. This is a resume not a novel and experts say it may turn off recruiters.
- Be careful how you paint previous employers, don't get emotional or into too much detail. Stick to straightforward statements, like, "job ended due to company downsizing."