Yes, you can rewrite history. Well, just your LinkedIn profile Experience.
LinkedIn recognizes that not everyone has a linear career path. Sometimes it makes perfect sense to place a certain experience position from your past at the top of the historic list and call attention to it.
Perhaps you are re-entering the work world after a 20 year hiatus raising kids. Now you want to lead with that prior work experience skill set as the attention-deficit reader scans your profile yet bridge the 20 years’ time away.
Or you are returning to a certain industry after a risky (and perhaps not rewarding) jog away from it and want to revisit it.
In other words, you want to call attention to something that is not the most recent position.
There are any of a number of reasons for reordering your experience positions and a very good place to gain insight and ideas on how to present in better terms is from a LinkedIn SlideShare presentation itself here.
Now how do you reorder, chronologically, the positions yo held, despite the passage of linear time? Here’s how from the LinkedIn Help Center:
To rearrange current positions:
- Move your cursor over Profile at the top of your homepage and select Edit Profile.
- Move your cursor over the position you’d like to rearrange, and look for the gray bar to the left.
- Click and hold the gray bar to drag it into the desired position.
Note also that you can reorder your Education and Publications sections similarly.
I still don’t understand why a new addition to your Publications appear at the bottom of the list instead at the top…counterintuitive to say the least.
Onward folks, now you can use another subtle tool I like to introduce you to in the hidden lore of LinkedIn.