LinkedIn Headline Examples for Jobseekers

If you're looking for a job, you want to make sure your LinkedIn headline is optimized. This ensures recruiters and hiring managers can easily find your profile when they search for candidates on LinkedIn.

LinkedIn Headline Examples for all kinds of Jobseekers

What you should know as a jobseeker

95% of recruiters and hiring managers use LinkedIn to search for candidates. If your headline is not optimized, it's possible that you're missing out on job opportunities.

Let's look at an example of what a great LinkedIn headline looks like.

Jobseekers should use keywords of the job they want to have in the LinkedIn headline

Instead of a simple headline like 'Freelance Developer' or 'Self Employed', we can see how the candidate is more specific about what programming languages he has experience in and includes relevant keywords.

If he is looking for a new job, this candidate will generate much more interest from recruiters through LinkedIn as he would show up in search results when recruiters search for keywords like 'Software Engineer', 'Java Developer', and related keywords.

What keywords should you use?

One of the biggest tips I can give you is to use keywords of the job you want. If you are currently a Customer Support agent and want to become a Sales Rep, make sure you include keywords related to Sales and Business Development too! For example, your headline could be 'Sales and Business Development Representative | 5+ Years Experience in Customer Support'.

Note how we include our current job in Customer Support, but the focus is on the job we want. This helps you generate more opportunities for those jobs you're striving for!

Examples of great LinkedIn headlines for jobseekers

Here are a few examples of professional LinkedIn headlines for jobseekers. Notice how they all follow the structure we described in the infographic above. Specifically, they contain specific keywords they expect recruiters to be searching for.

The details used in the above LinkedIn profiles are entirely fictional (e.g. names, locations, job titles).

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We dive deeper into the components of what makes up a great LinkedIn headline, what keywords are, and more in our deep dive report. Here are the sections you might be interested in (click to open):

1. What is the LinkedIn headline? 2. Why is your headline so important? 3. What are keywords and why do they matter? 4. How to use keywords to optimize your headline

More examples of effective LinkedIn headlines

Need more inspiration? We've got you covered. Here are more examples of LinkedIn headlines you can use for inspiration!

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