I'm unemployed. What do I list on LinkedIn?
I wanna ask you about LinkedIn. What's the best practice to fill out the CURRENT POSITION Field when you are not working and looking for a job?
A very interesting question, one that I thought would be interesting to forward along to two expert friends of mine, Liz Ryan and Lori Ruff. Liz runs the employment Q&A site Ask Liz Ryan, and Lori is involved with Integrated Alliances, where she's known as the LinkedIn Diva.
"Use your own name in the field, plus the word Consulting. So it would be "Dave Taylor Consulting" or "Liz Ryan Consulting." The time since you left your last job falls under "Your Name Consulting" on your resume, whether you currently have consulting clients or not. You could create a website for your church or do some volunteer work for a local not-for-profit. It's all consulting, whether you're being paid for the work or not."
Lori explains your choices in more detail:
There are a few options for you.
My thanks to Lori and Liz for their help with this all-too-relevant question for current job seekers.
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