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LinkedIn Profile Summary

LinkedIn Profile Summary: We get it. Writing your LinkedIn profile summary isn’t at the top of your to-do list. You’re not sure what to write. It’s not worth your time. Your profile is complete enough. [Insert your own excuse here.]

Well sometimes you need a great example — or 10 great examples — to see the summary’s magic and know how to write your own. Read on and prepare to be inspired.

Wait, back up. What’s my LinkedIn profile summary?

Your summary is the text box at the top of your LinkedIn profile, just below your photo. It’s open-ended space (2,000 characters max) where you give an overview of your professional life.

Ok but why have a summary at all?

Your summary is the one place you define yourself in your own words, free of start dates and titles. Whether you use it to put career choices in context, highlight your biggest achievements, or show off your personality, the summary is your chance to put your best self out there. It strengthens your first impression in a way no other profile section can.

I need an example. What does an excellent summary look like?

There are many paths to a great summary, so we rounded up examples from professionals in a variety of industries and roles. Let’s take a look at 10 and explore why they shine.

Inspiring. But how do I write my own?

We put together a handy set of tips based on the best practices above. Follow this guide and you’ll be on your way to a winning profile summary.

Contents

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10 examples of great LinkedIn Profile summaries — and why they work

1. Bruce explains what drives him as a recruiter and why he’s successful

  • Bruce Lam's Summary: I find great people and find them great careers. This all starts with a conversation. Along the way, we'll find it together and uncover their values, personal aspirations, and next career move. And if we don't, well then we keep the conversation going, because I want to get them there. I'm a data-driven and insightful recruiter who is passionate about growing teams and dreams. From private start-ups to public Fortune 500 companies, I've grown my skills in full-cycle recruiting, strategic sourcing, data analytics, and project management. My joy in recruiting, so far, has been matching top-performing and rising professionals with the right career move in software engineering, sales, management, UX, marketing, and more. When I'm not recruiting or pivoting tables, I'm improving an old recipe, watching GoT and re-runs of The Office, listening to biographies on Audibles, hanging out with my wife in the East Bay, and sipping stouts and cab francs.

Bruce stands out because he:

  • Opens strong with a description of his job in his own words.
  • Shares his recruiting approach and mindset — practical information for candidates.
  • Appeals to “top-performers” and “rising professionals” in the verticals for which he recruits.

2. Katrina hooks her readers and then connects the dots in her non-linear career path

  • Katrina Ortiz's Summary: I caught fire coding. I always thought my dream was to be a proofreader for a little indie publishing company, sipping my cafe con leche and reading the opening lines to the next best-selling vampire novel. It seemed like an appropriate dream given my BA in English. I gravitated toward proofreading and quality control positions and even started my own proofreading business. But I kind of just felt meh. I yearned to learn more, yearned to learn something different. And that's when it happened; the spark I was missing ignited the instant I clicked play on my first Python tutorial video. (I mean seriously, how could it not be great when it's named after Monty Python's Flying Circus?) Since then, I can't get enough. Front-end web development calls to all my passions; it incorporates creativity and problem solving and I'm allowed to break it to improve the code (in a separate Git branch, of course). I love applying responsive design principles and watching my web pages shrink into mobile screens and still look amazing. It's oddly satisfying. I think in a way I'm kind of like those web pages; I'm moldable, but I still keep my creative flare intact. My specialties include quickly learning new skills and programming languages, problem solving, responsive design principles, website optimization, and the Model View View Model (MVVM) and Model View Controller (MVC) methods of organizing code. So far I have JavaScript, TypeScript, HTML, CSS, C#, SQL, Python, jQuery, Bootstrap, Knockout, Angular, Jasmine, Grunt, and Git/GitHub under my belt. I've started learning Node.JS, MongoDB, and Express.JS. I'm still enthusiastically grabbing onto any other programming languages, frameworks, or principles I can integrate into the coding web in my head.

Katrina stands out because she:

  • Hooks her readers with a short, provocative sentence.
  • Gives humanizing context to her career switch.
  • Uses keyword-rich skills list to show off her progress and intrinsic motivation to learn.

3. Shanay ties her job to her company’s big picture and shows pride in what she does

  • Shanay Smith's Summary: Being a C-Level Executive Assistant is exactly what you'd think it's like. I'm the colleague at work that everyone wants to know but nobody wants to be. If you want to get something done, you come to me - everyone knows that! Yet no one wants to have to do what I do because of the amount of personal time and effort that goes into being everyone's go-to. Luckily, I'm obsessed with staying organized and making everyone's life easier. It brings such a genuine joy to my heart to take the burden off of my loved ones' shoulders, and I always do anything I can to enhance that. Work is no different. There aren't many things that can grow a company the way that trust and dependability can, and I pride myself in being so dedicated to both. When I'm not at work or in denial about having a social life, I'm at home mothering my favourite little three-year old munchkin. My son is my absolute rock and has helped me to really understand my purpose. The love I have for my son is so infectious that I can't help but radiate it onto anyone I cross paths with. I truly just want us all to succeed, and will go out of my way to ensure that. At the core I'm just a mom, and that's all it really comes down to. I believe in everyone and their goals as if they were my children. I will bend over backwards to help others' dreams come true, but I also understand the importance of standing your ground and holding your own - Balance. The most important lesson being a mom has taught me? How to make the horse drink the water. Feel free to reach out if you ever need any emotional support, career guidance, or advice on those tricky horses; we can get it done together.

Shanay stands out because she: 

  • Knows her value and shows she understands the executives she supports.
  • Ties her job to the big picture, i.e., company growth.
  • Gets personal (talks motherhood) yet keeps it professionally relevant and tied to her job strengths.

4. Daniel is authentic and earnest in explaining his motivations and skills as a software engineer

  • Daniel Thornburgh's Summary: Ever since I was a little kid, software development has been my passion. I still remember sitting in front of an Atari 800 computer, with the BASIC cartridge loaded in, making it print "Hello, Dan" for the very first time. As I went through the BASIC tutorial, it was almost magic, being able to get the computer to do whatever I wanted, just by typing in these funny little symbols, limited only by my own imagination and ingenuity. Throughout middle and high school, I latched on to any ideas for projects I could get, moving from "Hello World" all the way to a simple First Person Shooter engine, with dozens of projects in between. I learned C, then C++, tearing through any books I could find on anything remotely related to software development. I was insatiable. This passion carried me through my education at Purdue. Here there were more resources available to me than I ever could have imagined as a kid. I studied new languages, algorithms, compilers, higher mathematics, all with pretty much the same fascination that drove me as a kid. And it was here that I learned truly how much there was yet to learn. So, now, in industry, this passion remains with me. There's certainly yet more to learn, yet more problems to solve, and yet more to build. And for this, I am very grateful. Specialties: Languages: C, C++, Java, Objective-C Academic: System Programming, Algorithms, Distributed Systems

Daniel stands out because he:

  • Puts his career path in context by connecting the dots from his youth.
  • Makes it clear he loves what he does.
  • Balances industry keywords and hard skills with a dose of humility.
  • Has few years of experience yet is mature enough to take stock of his professional path.

5. Karen uses a numbered list to highlight her main career achievements and defining moments

  • Karen Abbate's Summary: I love selling brands. I hate selling myself. So here's six quick things about me and my work. In, out, nobody gets hurt. 1.) I've created campaigns for more iconic brands than you can shake an iPhone at. My longtime creative partner, Jag Prabhu, and I have produced work for Unilever. Verizon Wireless. Johnson & Johnson. AT&T. Pfizer. Nestle. Bristol-Myers Squibb, IBM, GlaxoSmithKline. US Airways... And we've gotten to schmooze with the leaders of these fine companies. Quite a rush. 2.) I'm a digital junkie with 23,000 Twitter followers. I love every freakin' thing about the web. 3.) I got my job in advertising in an unusual way. I won a national writing contest called "Write If You Want Work", the brainchild of mega best-selling author James Patterson (Along Came A Spider, Kiss The Girls) then chairman of J. Walter Thompson. My prize? A job as a writer at the agency. 4.) Several years ago, right out of the blue, my funny, active, young(ish) husband was diagnosed with cancer. I mention it here because ever since, I like working on pharmaceutical ads. Some creatives shun them, but not me. It's powerful to connect with people over the things that make us human, vulnerable, imperfect. 5.) This is how I sum up my job. I help people fall in love with brands. Help agencies win new business. Build trust with clients to help their brands skyrocket. Period. Exclamation point. 6.) I don't like to advertise this fact, but I'd do this job for free. It's my passion. Also, aside from advertising, I'm completely unemployable.

Karen stands out because she:

  • Leads with her greatest accomplishments.
  • Uses an anecdote to tell how her career all started.
  • Shares a vulnerable tidbit (husband’s cancer) that enhances her credibility in pharmaceutical advertising.
  • Summarizes her job in her own words.

6. Gijo shows off his passion, skills, and accomplishments using a hybrid paragraph-bullet combo

  • Gijo Mathew's Summary: I love to dig into customer problems and solve them with modern technology. I create, scale and optimize product portfolios that matter. To accomplish this, I focus on key results, build amazing teams and quickly adapt to new insights. I have enjoyed many executive positions throughout my career in product management, product marketing, technical sales, engineering, and strategy. My personal and professional experiences have taught me the following about myself: I can successfully create, scale and optimize software product portfolios from $5M to $1B in revenue. - I put the customer at the center of all that I do. - I excel at the execution of big ideas with given constraints - My gut instinct is good but I seek data for my decisions I can align, lead and grow world-class product teams from 10 to 100 people. - I love to win, but helping the team win gives me greater joy - I speak tech and exec - I tell great narratives that motivate - The buck always stops with me I educate, refine and drive myself to be a better person - I am constantly learning because I never settle - I stay calm when faced with adversity - I focus on making high-quality decisions I enjoy meeting new people and hearing new perspectives. Reach out if you want to talk to me about emerging tech, creating software products or baseball. Professional Skills Product Management | User Experience (UX) Design | Product Analytics | Team Development | Market and Pricing Analysis | Strategic Planning | Product Development | Product Roadmap | Portfolio Strategy | Business Development | SaaS | Agile Development | Marketplace Platforms Domain Knowledge IT and Data Security | IT Management Software | Enterprise Software | Small Business Software | Digital Marketing | Digital Advertising

Gijo stands out because he:

  • Nails the opener by succinctly stating what he does and why, and why he’s good at it.
  • Casts accomplishments as lessons learned, a subtle humility that makes him even more likeable.
  • Organizes his points to read like true introspection and career synthesis, not jargon.
  • Includes numbers (proof) to quantify his achievements.
  • Concludes by asking for connections.

7. Katie reveals her expertise and the satisfaction she gets sharing it via very targeted examples

  • Katie Clancy's Summary: When I want the freshest oysters, I don’t go to the fish counter at the grocery store; I go to John, the East Dennis oyster guy. When my husband wants a perfectly tailored suit, we don’t go to the mall; we go to Puritan Clothing in Hyannis. When I want the best chocolate this side of the Alps I don’t go to the candy store, I go to The Hot Chocolate Sparrow in Orleans. When you want a home on Cape Cod entrust your dream to me, Katie Clancy. In my previous life as a teacher I helped found the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School in Orleans and later taught at The Laurel School in Brewster. Peak life experiences include singing Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Chatham Chorale and the Cape Symphony Orchestra, completing my first Hyannis Sprint Triathlon, and giving birth to my fourth daughter at Falmouth Hospital. A Cape Codder since I was a kid, I can find you the right house, bank, builder, school, auto mechanic, and yes, even the right oyster guy. Specialties: Families, second homeowners, internet marketing

Katie stands out because she:

  • Is attuned to her very specific audience — property-seekers in Cape Cod, MA.
  • Conveys she’s not just a real estate agent, but a trusted advisor too.
  • Uses her interests outside of work to enhance her professional goals and expertise.
  • Maintains a very friendly and approachable tone.

8. James brings his coding passion to life using examples from work and outside projects

  • James Alan Hatch's Summary: First and foremost, I love writing code. Ever since writing my first program in Python and manipulating it to produce a desired output, I have been obsessed with the idea of using software to solve practical problems. Software engineering is a never-ending puzzle that I am passionately engaged in solving. I believe in the power of programming to transform and improve the lives of people around the world. For my first professional contract, I was given the opportunity to lead a full UI/UX overhaul of a small start up's website. My second contract involved injecting HTML/CSS/JavaScript on popular merchant websites via a browser extension. This contract quickly turned into a full time offer and I have been happily expanding my role as a software engineer ever since. Today, I am a senior engineer at Sling TV working on the front end of our home site, www.sling.com. Most recently, we have been implementing a micro front end into our customer acquisition flow so that it can be dynamically composed using demographic data and allow for CI/CD deployments to bring features to market faster. Even when I leave the office, I tend to continue writing code at the house. Most recently I have been working on a website for my band, Collidoscope. I play the piano/synthesizer and I find a beautiful crossover between my software and my music. Both pursuits challenge so many aspects of the intellect: creativity, organization, sequential processing, problem solving. This is what keeps me up at night, a never ending thirst to create beautiful, powerful things and share them with the world. Skills/Interests: JavaScript, Node, React, Redux, Webpack/Babel, StyledComponents, CSS, HTML, Git, GitLab, SQL, PostgreSQL, TDD, Cucumber, Jasmine, Gerkin, wdio, ingnx, Docker

9. Rachel spins her career switches so they make sense, and shows she can laugh at herself

  • Rachel Antion's Summary: A former boss once sent me an Albert Einstein quote in which he described himself as "passionately curious”. She told me my thirst for knowledge and desire to research everything reminded her of this. I’d also like to think she was likening me to Einstein. Hi! I’m Rachel and I am passionately curious. When I was in school at Berklee College of Music I wanted to buy all of the guitars. All of them. I took a job at a day spa to pad my instrument fund. Every day on the job it seemed I encountered people who told stories of someone they knew suffering from a serious illness with no explanation. I wanted to know why. I began feverishly doing research about the toxins that are in personal care products (as well as home products, makeup, and food) and what I found was pretty scary, to say the least. I adopted the philosophy of doing the best that I could to live a non-toxic lifestyle and over the years I overhauled these different areas of my life. I was, admittedly, obsessed. Then I did the next logical thing and jumped on a plane to fly across the country (BOS>LAX) and join The Honest Company when it was just a wee start-up. I have spent the last several years utilizing my diverse background (A trained musician who worked in the the non-profit world via the summer camp industry and has a knack for communications and a heaping dose of empathy? You’re looking at her!) to meet the needs of this rapidly growing company, which has led me to my role as Human Resources Manager at Honest. If you want to chat about Honest, HR, or your love of music (bonus points for Joni Mitchell fans), I would love to get in touch! Interested in working at Honest? Drop a line on LinkedIn or apply at www.honest.com/careers

Rachel stands out because she:

  • Has an original opening that also features her greatest compliment.
  • Spins her career switches so they make sense (or shows self-awareness when they don’t make sense).
  • Asks candidates to connect — a clear call-to-action for interested job seekers.

10. Aliza proves she’s intellectually curious with a successful track record — she doesn’t just say she is

  • Aliza Edelstein's Summary: The human brain is a crazy place, and there are two things that fascinate me most about product and growth marketing. First: the concept of consumer logic and how rational yet irrational it can be. And second: the challenge of communicating in a way that persuades and convinces consumers always requires optimization—so you're optimizing for something that is both rational and irrational. I apply the same thinking in product marketing that I also apply in leadership, because whether you're connecting with consumers or with your team, you're connecting with the fun irrationality of their logic—in order to bring ideas together, influence an outcome, and also optimize and scale for future growth. Outside of work, I serve on the Board of Directors of San Francisco Women in Tech, an organization committed to improving the networking and success of women in technology in Silicon Valley; I coach running for Girls on the Run, an organization designed to inspire young girls to be healthy, confident, and joyful; and I'm an avid runner, cyclist, and painter (alizartworks.com). I also consider myself a “flavor ambassador” to Humphry Slocombe ice cream and can sometimes be spotted scooping on warm summer nights.

Aliza stands out because she: 

  • Has an attention-grabbing opening that shows off her expertise.
  • Sums up key accomplishments and experience in one impact sentence (paragraph #3).
  • Cites roles outside of work to reinforce her leadership position.

14 tips for the perfect LinkedIn profile summary

The summaries above have both great substance and great style. Substance is the “what to say” and comes from the topics you cover. Style is the “how to say it” and comes from the tone and format of your words. There’s no one right way to tackle either, but our examples reveal best practices.

Tips 1-7: What to say 

Below are seven of the most common topics covered in great summaries. You don’t need to cover them all, but address at least a few to ensure enough substance.

1. Describe what makes you tick

Passion is the heart of some of the best summaries. Opening up about what you love to do adds context to your career. Think about what excites you most professionally — what drives you besides your paycheck? This is an especially good angle if you’re younger and don’t have much work experience.

2. Explain your present role

Put your job title aside and describe what you do in simplest terms. Sharing the problems you solve, for whom, and how, is a great way to demonstrate your skills, industry knowledge, and/or work style.

3. Frame your past

You have the freedom to call out what’s important in your job history and to gloss over what’s not. If you’ve made career pivots or have held seemingly unrelated roles, connect the dots so they make sense. Better yet, frame the discord as an advantage and explain why it sets you apart.

4. Highlight your successes

Cite the biggest takeaway from your experience section. Look across roles and combine accomplishments if you can. This is especially applicable if you’re in mid- to late-stage career.

5. Reveal your character

Choose stories and words that show who you are as a person, not just a professional. Great summaries hint at traits such as gratitude, humility, and humor. Authenticity is key, so be honest with yourself. Think of the one trait you’re most known for, and weave it in.

6. Show life outside of work

Round out your identity by sharing a hobby, interest, or volunteer role. Relate your outside passions to your work if you can. If you share a personal story, be sure it serves to reinforce your professional strengths.

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7. Add rich media

Sometimes it’s easier to explain your impact or achievement using an image, video, or an article — don’t be afraid to add media to your profile, and tee it up in your summary.

Tips 8-14: How to say it 

The format and tone of your summary matters just as much as the ideas in it. Once you have your core content, follow these tips to embellish and refine.

8. Make your first sentence count

Every word matters in your summary, but your first words really matter. If you don’t hook your audience right away, you’ll lose them. This means NO “Hi, I’m Jane Smith and I’m glad to meet you.” and NO “Thanks for visiting!” Don’t waste precious characters on filler — cut right to the good stuff to pull your audience in.

9. Pump the keywords

To improve your search rank on LinkedIn and Google, include keywords that highlight your top skills. Listing ‘Specialties’ at the end of your summary is one way to pack them in. Which words? Job descriptions and other relevant profiles are great keyword sources.

10. Cut the jargon

Avoid overused words that have lost meaning, like “strategic,” “motivated,” and “creative.” Tap a thesaurus for alternatives, or better yet, show you have those traits with an example or quick story. At a minimum, cross-check your summary with the most overused buzzwords on LinkedIn profiles.

11. Write how you speak

Think about how you would speak to new contact at a conference, and write that way. Read your summary out loud so you can check your voice. If you wouldn’t say it, don’t write it. That also means using the first-person “I” NOT “Jane Smith has 20 years of experience”. Lay off the special characters and emojis too.

12. Tell stories

Stories make you memorable. Leading with “When I was 11 years old…” or “My former boss sat me down one day…” to reveal why you love coding has more punch than just stating, “I’m passionate about coding.”

13. Create white space

People will skim your summary, so help by breaking up the text. Steer clear of long paragraphs. Don’t use a five-syllable word when a one-syllable word is just as good. Use bullet points or numbered lists, but make sure they flow — lists aren’t an excuse for sloppy thinking.

14. Ask for what you want

Think about what you want your audience to do after reading your summary. An invitation to connect is a great way to end, but depending on your goal, you may ask for something else. Be specific and you’ll be more likely to get what you want.

Whatever you do, write something in your summary section. It’s a strategic piece of content, so don’t miss the opportunity to have it work for you.

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