LinkedIn for Stealth Job Seekers

Updating your LinkedIn profile without looking like you’re launching a job search is tricky. Colleagues, bosses and other connections often react to a profile update as, “Oh, she must be looking for a new job.” But when you take the right precautionary steps, it becomes much easier to take a proactive approach to your career. Today, we’re going to discuss just how to do this.

Primary audience members are made up of:

  • Clients
  • Customers
  • Media
  • Constituents

Secondary audience members include:

  • Industry leaders
  • Colleagues
  • Past, present and future managers
  • Staff or team members
  • Contractors
  • Investors
  • Board or committee members
  • Vendors
  • Recruiters

Your goal is to write to the primary audience. The secondary audience will be able to read between the lines and interpret what is important to them. So for example, if you are a(n):

  • Product Marketer? Talk to the user base and investors will understand.
  • Account Manager at an agency? Talk to client needs and recruiters will get it.
  • CMO or VP of Marketing? Talk to the target market, add in tidbits on your great workforce, and board members will translate it.

Now that you know the audience you’re writing for, you can create content that attracts them and doesn’t look like you are actively pursuing other opportunities.

Let’s talk about your headline first. Even though you may be the marketing manager at Accenture, that doesn’t have to be the only thing in your headline. Instead you can use a keyword-loaded headline, like:

Marketing Manager › Digital Marketing | Lead Generation | Social Media | Content Marketing | Marketing Automation

Or like this:

Marketing Manager at Accenture | Social Media & Demand Generation Marketing Manager | Social Audience Developer

The other option is to write a value statement, and that would look something like this:

Marketing Manager who understands how to mesh clients’ needs with technology to drive growth and transform operations

These headlines speak either to your area of expertise, which is relevant to your current and future employer, or your value, which is relevant to your current clients and future employers.

Your summary section is one of the most important fields in your profile, and it is where the LinkedIn algorithm searches for keywords. So make use of the 2000 characters available to tell your story. For stealth job seekers, you need to frame your story in terms of your current position. Here are a couple of examples of profiles that show value or start off with an interesting story.

LinkedIn summary for a product management executive for a service organization who was also an attorney.
LinkedIn summary for a product management executive for a service organization who was also an attorney.
This sales and marketing manager LinkedIn profile leads with a relatable story.
This sales and marketing manager LinkedIn profile leads with a relatable story.

Like these examples, you want to tell a story that resonates with your primary audience, and your secondary audience will be able to connect the dots. In the product manager executive summary, the person tells the story of their organization and how they align with that. In the sales and marketing manager example, the author conjures up an image of the product and adds in keywords for her target customer that double as keywords for industries they have experience working with.

Author: Michelle Robin

The toughest marketing challenge of all is marketing you, and the purpose of this blog is to help marketing superstars, like you, conquer that challenge and excel in your career.

Passionate about direct marketing and helping people find jobs, Michelle Robin has translated her extensive B-to-B marketing background into a career focused on her true love: creating powerful career marketing documents that lead to interviews at her clients’ target organizations. As Chief Career Brand Officer at Brand Your Career, she works with executive-level sales and marketing professionals across the U.S., and helps them discover their personal brand and fast track their job search.

An award-winning and dual-certified resume writer (NCRW and PARW), Michelle’s work has been published in the book, Modernize Your Resume: Get Noticed...Get Hired.

Need help discovering your personal brand? Download Michelle’s free Personal Branding Workbook. Just launching your job search? Get 26 action-packed tips to accelerate your marketing job search. You can also connect with Michelle on Twitter, LinkedIn, or email.

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