I had the privilege of meeting Dawn Kristy at the SOBCon conference a few weeks back, and we had a long talk about her career (and life) path. Turns out that Dawn is quite a writer, and I love what she did recently with her LinkedIn summary:
Here’s what I like about Dawn’s approach:
- Excellent blend of humanity and professionalism. The first paragraph sets the stage by skillfully underscoring key strengths in a pleasant, narrative style.
- Each paragraph takes a new angle: Quick overview; 30,000 foot scan of experience; timeline progression; narrowed focus to core competency; achievements. Yet the summary does not feel choppy or disjointed.
- There is clearly a story thread here; potentially multiple story threads depending on which career direction Dawn may elect to pursue in the future. Bullet points and keywords may get you past the first resume screen; but stories stand out in the hiring process.
- After reading this summary (in fact, upon reading the first sentence), I feel like I’m getting to know a real person, not just a jargon-spewing corporate drone. That approach stands out.
If you’ve been reading my writings for any time, you know that I have a strong appreciation for presenting yourself (or your company) in a clear, human, and compelling package of words. It’s easy to find the negative examples – here’s a real positive one to emulate!