Searching For A Job? Here Are 4 Things To Remove From Your LinkedIn Profile

You have about 10 seconds to catch a recruiter’s attention, do not waste time using meaningless filler words.

Maybe you have recently lost your job, or you are coming back after quitting and ready to hit the scene again. Perhaps you are looking while you support your current position with in a company. Whatever reason it maybe, it’s time to cut these 4 things from your LinkedIn profile today.

Before we jump into that, if you don’t have a LinkedIn profile you should! LinkedIn is one of the world’s largest social networks for job search, hiring and business opportunities.

Keeping your LinkedIn profile updated is an essential part of a job search, it’s a resource a lot of hiring managers and recruiters turn to when looking to fill spots, as it showcases your skills and experience.

LinkedIn is one of the LARGEST social media networks out there, so they have a lot of profiles to look at and they won’t last long on yours if there’s anything that turns them off.

Alright, let’s get started on what you need to remove:

1. Overused “Buzzwords”

Every year LinkedIn released a new set of overused “buzzwords.” This year, the following keywords made the list: specialized, leadership, passionate, strategic, experienced, focused, expert, certified, creative and excellent.

So stop filling your profile with these overused “buzzwords” and come up with creative sentences - we get it, the assumption is because everyone is doing it, “it must be the professional thing to do.”

You don’t have to banish these words all together, but if you do use one of these words make sure you have the experience to back it up. For example, if you are going to label yourself as a “Thought Leader”, you better have a blog published.

2. Superlatives

Try not to include too many superlative words. What does this mean? A superlative word is a word that people interpret subjectively and see differently.

For example: “People Person” - instead of try describing how you mentor your staff, and how many people advanced in your company based on your supervision.

3. Ambiguous And Vague Information

One of the most common mistakes staffing agencies see on LinkedIn profiles is the use of vague and clichéd words. Examples of these words are:

“Experienced with” “Proficient with” - phrases that don’t “really speak to the level of knowledge  you have already.” Phrases like this also give someone a reason to think that it’s a filler when they see your profile.

How do you communicate you're a pro in spreadsheets? (Highlight your use) Use something to speaks to how you use it. This helps recruiters picture and understand how you’ve mastered a particular skill if they know how you apply it in your day-to-day work.

4. Anything Not Related To Your Job

Just like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, LinkedIn is a social network, It's tempting to post stuff that’s not entirely related to our job of professional lives - do not. Stay away from posting non-work-related things on LinkedIn. This includes personal comments, replies to comments, or even responding to articles, blog posts and videos that have nothing to do with your industry.

In certain industries, being controversial is a good thing (Advertising/Marketing), but you still must be selective and smart about it. Do not be controversial for the sake of being controversial.  Thing long and hard about how this post relates to  your industry, and avoid attacking anyone personally, regardless of how you feel personally. Remember people gravitate towards positivity.

Keep in mind that what you post on every social network varies based on the demographic you are sending it out to. LinkedIn is a professional network, so what you post on here you wouldn’t post on Instagram and vice versa.

References: Fast Company, INC, and Workopolis