What To Include In Your Profile If You're Unemployed

An About.com Guide By Alison Doyle 

What to list in your LinkedIn Profile, including your Professional Headline and Current Position, when you are unemployed is an issue. That's because even though you might be unemployed you want to present yourself in a positive light to prospective employers and to networking contacts.

In addition, it's important to be honest, because it's easy for potential employers to check your background when they are considering you for employment.

Krista Canfield, Senior PR Manager at LinkedIn has suggestions on what to include in your LinkedIn Profile when you're out of work: "If you're currently unemployed list your current position as "open to opportunities."

Update Your LinkedIn Profile

If you have recently lost your job, be sure to update your status field in your Profile so your network knows that you're looking for a job. You can update it with, "John is currently looking for a finance position. Do you know anyone who's hiring?" or "Sarah is interested in freelance opportunities. Let her know if someone in your network needs help writing or editing." It's a quick and easy way to let folks you're connected to know that you could use their help.

Krista also notes that "One member of ours was unfortunately laid off so he updated his status to show he was currently looking for a new position. He was able to find a new job within seven business days of being laid-off because someone in his network knew someone who was hiring."

Here are some more examples of what to include in the Professional Headline and Current Position sections of your LinkedIn Profile when you're unemployed.

Unemployed LinkedIn Professional Headline Examples

  • Unemployed and Looking for Work
  • Operations Logistic Professional Seeking Work
  • Experienced Retail Manager available for new opportunity
  • Marketing professional in transition
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative currently exploring options
  • Recent College Graduate Seeking Entry Level Programming Position

Listing your current position can be a dilemma, as well. I've seen many Profiles that list "Unemployed" or "Seeking New Position" as the company name. Another option, if you're doing freelance or consulting work is to list your company as self-employed.

Unemployed LinkedIn Current Position Examples

  • Open to Opportunities at Seeking New Position
  • Looking for a job in Human Resources at Unemployed
  • Student at College.edu
  • Recent Graduate at College.edu
  • Consultant at Self-Employed
  • Seeking a Position at Unemployed
  • Unemployed and looking for a great job at Unemployed
  • Freelance Writer at Self-Employed