Will Your LinkedIn Summary Pass The 6 Second Test?

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Recruiters spend about 6 seconds on their initial “fit/no fit” decision.

Because you have no guarantee that anyone will read below your Summary, it must send the right message. The Summary I used when I was a job seeker is inserted below.

I begin with my beliefs about work, sharing two quotes about the power of persistence and sustained thinking to overcome problems. Whenever I’m asked, “Tell me about yourself,” I share these quotes.

I created a summary which anticipates the Hiring Manager’s Secrets, namely, Have I made money? Have I saved money? Have I increased productivity? How have I made a difference in the past? I follow each bullet with examples that answer those questions.

Because few people understand what an individual can do better than past managers, I included two manager’s quotes.

I then share three of the findings from my Gallup’s Strengths Finder Assessment. I also attached a copy of the Assessment to my profile.

When I was in the job market three years ago, I attached examples of my work. (Just ensure that no proprietary information from past employers is included in those attachments.)

Because everyone’s experiences are different, you may want to consider describing,

  • How you’ve made a difference in prior positions.
  • Awards you’ve received and why you received them.
  • Obstacles you’ve overcome.
  • Other Achievements.

Your summary and your entire LinkedIn profile should demonstrate how you are different from other candidates.


Clark Finnical is the author of the first job hunting book written by a veteran job seeker.

Job hunting books were solely written by HR managers and recruiters in the past.

“Job Hunting Secrets”   was written by a five-time job seeker who has walked in your shoes.


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