Unemployment Tips: Don’t Say 'In Transition'

Unemployment is tough - There's no doubt about it. But are you making it harder on yourself? I wrote an article on LinkedIn about why you shouldn't list yourself as “in transition” on your LinkedIn profile. (You can read it by clicking here.) In short, this phrase is used so much right now it’s code for “long-term unemployed” to recruiters. Studies show the long-term unemployed are being discriminated against right now. So, there’s no need to help the hiring managers screen you out.

Follow These Unemployment Tips Instead:

  1. Pick three or four skill sets you want to leverage in your next job and list them in the headline of your LinkedIn profile. (i.e. Project Management | Business Analysis | Client Relations | Marketing)
  2. In the “Summary” section of the profile, give a quantifiable accomplishment to prove you have experience in each of the key areas you listed in your headline.
  3. Be sure your past work history also exemplifies those skills.
Hiring managers will be focused on what you've accomplished instead of what your job status is. Besides, your experience cannot be taken away from you just because you're dealing with unemployment. Don’t let them eliminate you because you aren't in a job at the moment. Show them why you’d be the ideal person to snatch up before someone else does!

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