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I was entertaining myself looking for examples of this post, the title of which at the very beginning sounded completely different: how not to be found on LinkedIn? I, the recruiter after writing the „Do not create your profile on LinkedIn” section, had a spasm. After several attempts and modifications, I decided that the entry must be addressed to the recruiters. No way.

Native and foreign language.

LinkedIn is a global network of business contacts, its official language is English, although English is only the third most popular language in the world (mother tongue for over 3.5 million people and a second foreign language for half a million for which it is the second language).

You can have a profile in several languages on LinkedIn. Even more, each of them can correspond to a different function. For example, a profile in English may emphasize your other products/features/skills than the one in a second language, which will look like a CV. However, a recruiter or client will find a profile in the version in which LinkedIn browses on a daily basis.

Recruiter: change language on LinkedIn
Create profile in multiple languages

You can change or add a language in the top-right corner of your LinkedIn profile.

Unfortunately, regardless of the language in which users of the platform speak, and whether it is their native language or not profiles on LinkedIn are spelt with typos. It’s a good medium for a recruiter. Seriously.

I am the queen of typos in every language, although the English version of my writing is easier for improvement and automated support. If, although you feel that you are fluent in English, you have so much humbleness to check if what you wrote is correct, do it!

I suggest, therefore, a free tool that has probably saved my honour more than once:

Grammarly – a simple application that has often improved my texts!

Let’s get back to the topic!

„Maybe it’s all on purpose…” a skilled recruiter may say.

The recruitment experience taught me, however, that the creativity of a resume should not be a surprise, and typos can be … a way to hide from recruiters! As a professional talent researcher, I always hoped that this was a deliberate procedure because I learned about it from one of the candidates for the IT position.

He explained that he does not want to close his profile completely, because he is open to suggestions from the market, but receives so much that he decided to modify the spelling of a few keywords on his profile, so instead of „sales” appeared „sails” instead of „engineer „-” engiinear„.

It’s a hide-and-seek game. I had a lot of experience in the IT industry with such cases when I was contacting people very often invited to recruitment processes – they were saying those typos were on purpose. 

As a recruiter, do you check other options for looking for candidates? A typo does not necessarily mean that the candidate is unworthy of the position. Typo – human thing. Especially in English (I know what I’m talking about).

ProjAct Manager
Sails Manahger – I promise those profiles had nothing in common with sailing.
EnginEEErs
ACount Manager

Commenting on the pictures above, the origin of the candidates, the number of profiles corresponding to a given „typo category”, do you give such profiles a chance, do you treat typos adding these variations on the list of your keywords when you do the search?

And you?

A recruiter, candidate, freelancer, does your profile have any hooks for recruiters? Are you sure there are no typos there?

Check.

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