Uncredible. Maybe it isn’t a real word among grammar-hounds, but when I Googled it, I found this from WordReference Forums …
“A new word to fill a need. It means something lacks believability.”
Enter the incredible, completely uncredible, and unbelievable Linkedin profiles I see daily when approving CFOs for my CFO-only Careers group. Listen, if I’m not sold on your fit for my group based on your profile, I can assure you recruiters and hiring managers will not be sold on you as a viable candidate either when you choose to …
– Call yourself a CFO despite offering no credible evidence you actually are one other than a current job title.
– Show only your most recent CFO title with a graduation date that leaves a ginormous gap along with lots of questions and plenty of red flags.
– Conversely, that you were a CFO immediately after graduating from college.
– Show a profile with only the bare bones of information, none of which is based on your value proposition to a prospective employer.
– List one position, your most current, with nothing else. No photo, no summary, no experience, and no education … and no network.
– Have multiple accounts – same name, same photo but different job titles.
My bar to enter the group is that you are a sitting CFO or have held the Chief Financial Officer title in the past. But if, in a cursory review of your profile, I can’t tell that you are legitimate and/or your position is legitimate, I won’t approve you.
If that’s my standard for a Linkedin group, imagine how recruiters and decision-makers might be responding when seeking potential candidates and their reputation and commission is on the line?
It is critically important that you have a complete profile –and– that it is credible and compelling. Use your profile to answer the question the people who are hiring are asking: Who are you and how can you solve our problems?