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The Biggest Mistake Candidates Make on their LinkedIn Profile

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As many job seekers are undoubtedly aware, the first step in impressing a recruiter or future employer is presenting a clean, professional, and respectable appearance. This includes a professional presence online and offline; in today's digital environment, prospective candidates must keep a polished appearance, or "personal brand," in the virtual world.

As recruiting methods increasingly rely on digital search, social media presence for candidates matters now more than ever. Maintaining a clean and updated profile on LinkedIn - one of the most popular sites for recruiters - has become imperative to the job search.

In spite of this, an inordinate number of job seekers are failing to embody professionalism on the site due to one simple mistake. The act of misspelling your job title can be detrimental to the job search.


According to SocialTalent, the following are the most common misspelled titles on LinkedIn:

 
  • Engineer
  • Marketing
  • Recruiter/Recruitment
  • Accountant/Accounting
  • Sales
  • Military
  • Lawyer
  • Consultant
  • Representative
  • Public
  • Manager/Management
  • Director
  • Executive
  • Editor
 

While it is likely that such users have simply missed a letter or added a letter to their job title due to hurrying rather than lack of knowledge, it could cause a recruiter or employer to strike "attention to detail" from the candidate's list of capabilities.

Some of the misspelled job titles, such as Editor, carry more irony than others. But particularly those in a management, director or executive position will be held to a higher standard in terms of grammatical competency.

More importantly, a job title misspelling can prevent recruiters and employers from locating a profile, as most search tools require the title in order to find candidates. In this way, a simple act of carelessness can lead to a missed job opportunity.

In order to avoid a potentially harmful outcome, job seekers must be sure to:

  • Double-check the spelling of your job title, as well as any other words in your professional profile. Using spell check in Microsoft Word and then inserting words into the profile can provide most of the corrections needed.
  • Ensure the profile's professional history is updated, grammatically correct, and neat in appearance.
  • Carry out these steps prior to posting any new information to your profile.

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