Question of the Week: “So how does one use LinkedIn when they are trying to escape their work history?”
You want to escape that terrible work history and move on to that dream job, right? I’ve been there. Done that.
I was raised in a religious cult of sorts and graduated from their college. Talk about a worthless degree for the resume! Heck – my official degree is B.S. in B.S. (Biblical Studies). Talk about a BS overload! What employer is chomping at the bit to hire a Divinity student?
Here are three tips to overcome a work/education history you might not want to showcase on LinkedIn:
1. Don’t use your official job titles.
This can be a bit controversial in the corporate world, but don’t be afraid to experiment. I view the “job title” area as a place to put what I actually do at a company. HR cannot legally dictate what you place on your social profiles, so why not make yourself look like the superstar you are?
2. Hide/combine certain positions.
If you don’t want to look like “a jumper,” try this nifty trick. I used it when I went through my “finding myself while moving around the country” phase. Since most of my jobs were somewhat related (all within the senior citizen realm), I combined them into one position on my LinkedIn resume. Presto!
3. Reorder your LinkedIn profile.
LinkedIn is no place to lie about your job history, as you will be found out. You CAN reorder or hide certain sections on your public profile. This may be a great option if you have a longer work history and only want to showcase your relevant positions.
Discussion Question: Do you have any tips you’d like to share about escaping some of your work history? Leave a comment below!