Applying for jobs on LinkedIn, but no one is responding?
You might have missed this critical step: Popping your Profile text into Word and running spell check!
Consider the following Profile spelling errors seen in the past 10 days ALONE:
- Information Technology spelled as “Ifnormation Technology” in the HEADLINE of an IT candidate (ouch!)
- Perform shown as “Preform” throughout the Profile Summary of an Administrative Assistant (who also claimed “attention to detail” as one of her strong suits)
- Company names with at least 3 different spellings on the same Profile
- A CFO Profile with Accounting spelled as “Acounting” in the About section
Even if you’ve used my advice on Must-Know LinkedIn Tips for Executives, Headline writing in A Fast Formula for a Powerful LinkedIn Headline, and keywords in 5 Secrets to a Knockout LinkedIn About Section, employers will be turned off by finding obvious slip-ups in your writing.
In addition, your Profile will fail searches on specific keywords.
You’ve been told for years that spelling and grammar are key to the success of your resume, and now, it’s time to apply this rule to your LinkedIn Profile!
When I write LinkedIn Profiles for executive job hunters, I create each section in Word, with a thorough check for spacing, spelling, grammar, and other critical elements.
Take it from a professional writer – your best bet is to carefully craft your LinkedIn Profile offline and run it through spelling and grammar tests.
Then transfer it, section by carefully edited section, for the best LinkedIn presentation.