A lot of us (if not all) did some contract jobs or consulting work during our life. They are an important chunk of our work experience, and I personally worked as a freelancer for about eight years. I worked for a lot of different companies and I really insist on bringing those experiences to my profile, but not all of them were long-term projects.
Some of them took two to three weeks to finish, and as it is essential to be precise as much as possible on your profile to attract the recruiters and those employers of your dreams, it can be hard to bring all of them into your resume. How to list consulting work on LinkedIn? We will introduce you to a good strategy to do so.
Long-term projects are like full-time jobs for consultants. So it is only fair to add them separately in the experience section, but what about those very short-term projects?
I mean, you would want them in your resume, even if they’ve lasted for one or two days. But imagine that you bring them separately in your experiences section; in my case, there would be tens of companies (even hundreds) that I should add separately, imagine the chaos! That messy experiences section would seriously scare off any recruiter that decides to view my profile.
Instead, I thought of another way.
How to list consulting work on LinkedIn?
The grouping feature is the perfect answer to the question: “how to list contract jobs on LinkedIn?”
You can always add all the things you ever did separately, but wouldn’t it look much more professional if you put all of these consultant jobs under one company name (your own consultant company)?
I believe it does, and guess what? The more professional your profile looks, the more chances that a recruiter will contact you for a job. So let’s go for my instruction:
- Log into your account
- Click on the ‘work’ icon on the top right corner of your feed page
- Click on the ‘Create a Company Page +’ button
- Select the type of company page (small, medium, or large business, showcase page, or educational page)
- Select ‘Small’
- Select 0-1 employee (if you are doing/used to doing consultant jobs)
- Select the organization type as self-employed
- Choose a decent logo
- Click the Create page button
When the page is created, it is better to try to optimize it for different purposes, but right knows, we are going for the 2nd part of the instruction.
- Log into your account
- Click the “Me” button
- Select “View Profile” from the dropdown menu
- Scroll down to the experiences section
- Click on the “+” icon
- Add the company page you just created as the corporation you worked in
- Enter the job title as ‘X consulting’ and other information required in the pop-up window
- Uncheck the “I am currently working in this role” and add an end date
- Save the changes
- Click on the “+” icon again
- Enter the other jobs and other information required in the opened box
- Uncheck the “I am currently working in this role” and put the dates you finished every project.
- Click on the “save” button
- LinkedIn will automatically group the positions you’ve entered
Have you ever worked as a freelancer? Maybe that is the reason why you are so good at your current job. How to list consulting work on LinkedIn?
That is so easy to do. Just group them under your own company page. This can and will attract different recruiters to your profile and who knows what opportunities this can cause? So, go on and group those experiences for your own good.