A few words can make all the difference
What separates your LinkedIn profile from that of a Fortune 500 exec?
Probably many things.
The writing-enhancement platform looked at 750 profiles of directors, managers, and entry-level workers at Fortune 500 companies.
While it’s never a good idea to pad your LinkedIn profile — or résumé, for that matter — with random jargon, hiring managers gravitate towards these keywords, especially for upper-level candidates.
If you can use them in a truthful way to describe your own experience, you might just catch a recruiter’s eye.
“These kinds of terms help recruiters easily search and find qualified candidates on LinkedIn,” Grammarly recruiter Angela Ritter said in a post on Grammarly’s website. “Having common business language on your profile is important, but you have to be prepared to talk about your expertise with those terms.”
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Here’s a breakdown of some of the business terms Fortune 500 directors like to include in their LinkedIn profiles:
4% of Fortune 500 directors include this word on LinkedIn.
For example: “Increased company ROI by 100%.”
9% of Fortune 500 directors use this word on LinkedIn.
For example: “A leadership style that inspires transformational business solutions, develops innovative marketing strategies and energizes teams by creating an inspired culture.”
20% of Fortune 500 directors use this word on LinkedIn.
For example: “Able to strategically translate business needs to technology solutions, repeatedly yielding superior results.”
32% of Fortune 500 directors use this word on LinkedIn
For example: “Senior corporate and technology executive with 20+ years experience advising businesses, executives and boards of directors with respect to strategic acquisitions, divestitures, and related matters.”
37% of Fortune 500 directors use this word on LinkedIn
For example: “An inspiring people leader with a very strong background in marketing, technology, management and sales.”