Skillfully Summarizing Yourself

By: Andrew

There are many ways to go about summing yourself up. This can be interpreted in many different ways, so let’s focus on the professional summary on LinkedIn. The summary can seem like it may be less important than other parts of LinkedIn, but in reality, this should be one of your top priorities when creating your LinkedIn account (or updating it if you are reading this a year after joining LinkedIn).

There are a few different ways to go about creating your summary, but be sure to keep some of these following points in mind when creating any summary:

  • Make it readable. Of course the grammar will be great, but imagine someone having only a small amount of time to read through your summary, you need to ensure that they can read your summary effortlessly.
  • Make it relevant. Have up-to-date and relevant positions, experiences, volunteer work, and extra curricular activities. The summary is going to sum your current self up quickly, so leave the old stuff behind.
  • Be concise. No matter what format you choose to use (some formats to follow), always be concise. This does not mean writing a short summary or a bulleted summary, but it does mean to be direct about what you strive for, are good at, and who you are.

Those three items should keep the summary looking good for anyone to read. In saying that, there are a few different formats that you can go for if you are not sure where you would like to start. One is short blurbs and the other is a paragraph format.

Andrew's LI Summary

As you can see, this example highlights their career goals, specialties, experiences, and academics. It is a quick way for a person to see who they are without reading too much more of their profile.

Zach's LI Summary

This example is an easy read, but a loaded one at that. Their summary quickly updates you on what they are currently doing and what their future endeavors may be. It also covers academics and what their specialties are.

As you can see, both examples are simple to read and convey a concise and meaningful summary of what the person is about personally, professionally, and academically. These are only two of the many different ways you can write your summary; so don’t limit yourself to these examples! Come on into Career Services and one of our Peer Educators would be more than happy to help you.

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About ellenhatfield

New professional in the field of Student Affairs in Higher Education. I am a Career Counselor at the University of MN Duluth.

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