LinkedIn profile quandary - switching gears mid-job hunt
April 14, 2014 8:56 AM Subscribe
My LinkedIn profile is targeted to the job I want, but I need to broaden the scope of my job search to include a different, lesser position. How can I do so without my profile hindering my chances?
I have been job hunting for about a month now in a specific capacity/field. When I first started, I was able to identify and apply to twenty or so jobs. I'm currently applying to new positions for which I'm qualified as they are posted, but that's looking like 2-3 per week now. I have had a couple of interviews already and the decisions will be made by next week, but I can't bank on them.
It's time for me to switch gears - well, downshift - and start applying for positions that are basically one step lower and lateral to the positions I've been applying to thus far. It's not ideal, but I'm going to run out of money in about a month and a half and I need to get to work. I am picking up temp work to try to keep money coming in, but it's not enough to pay all of the bills and I need to get into something full time and permanent. I can't afford to be job-hopping, so I'm looking at positions in companies where I might have the opportunity to grow into a position in the area I'd prefer.
The problem is my LinkedIn profile. I currently have both my summary and my job titles targeted to the field I'd prefer. Hiring people from both companies with which I've interviewed checked out my profile after the meetings, and there remains the possibility that decision makers from the companies I've applied to since (as recently as last week) may still look at it. If I send out resumes/cover letters targeted for the lesser position, I run the risk that decision makers for those companies will check out my profile and see that my qualifications are differently focused than on my "dumbed down" resume, and that I'm overqualified. But if I change the summary and focus to the lesser position, I run the risk that decision makers for the preferred positions will look at the profile and it will appear that I'm not qualified at all. And I want to be applying for both types moving forward. Technology catch-22.
Based on the fundamental differences between the two types of jobs, I can't see a way to change the summary to a middle ground between them. Google searching tells me that I'm not alone, but offers little in the way of advice. Have you ever encountered this problem? How did you handle it?