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Did you make this mistake when updating your LinkedIn profile?

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Applying for jobs on LinkedIn, but no one is biting? Wondering why others visit your Profile and then leave?

You might have missed the critical step of putting your Profile text into Word and running spell check!

Before you dismiss spelling as unimportant, consider the following Profile errors seen in just the past 10 days

  • 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, all in the same Profile

One can only imagine the reaction of employers to these errors. Even if you’ve applied effective techniques for writing your LinkedIn Profile, tuning your Headline, and using keywords to draw traffic, recruiters will be turned off by finding obvious slip-ups in your writing.

You’ve been told for years that spelling and grammar are key to the success of your resume. Now, it’s time to apply this rule to your LinkedIn Profile.

Use these steps to ensure a fully proofread, accurate Profile:

  • Write each section (Headline, Summary, Experience, Education, etc.) in a Word document
  • Turn on the paragraph mark (in the Paragraph section of Word 2007 on a Windows machine) to see and correct any stray spaces
  • Run the spell check function on the text
  • Check the character count, including spaces (either paste each section into a new document and look at the Properties, or use the ABC123 Word Count function under Review and Proofing)
  • Paste the text into LinkedIn, section by section, after you've reviewed it thoroughly

Take it from a professional writer – your best bet is to carefully craft your LinkedIn Profile within a document first, then transfer it, section by edited section, for the best online presentation.



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