LinkedIn is one of the most powerful tools to demonstrate the value of YOU. I have always pondered what is the best way to convey your persona, should your writing style be in the third person “Ben always takes time to help” or the first person “I enjoy helping people”
To answered this I ran a poll on LinkedIn and I was delighted to have one hundred and seventy one people respond, here are the results
What were the demographics for each answer?
There were over 28 comments add here are some of the highlights:
Guy likes when an applicant can express themselves to Guy effectively and accurately.
I for one think that first person is the only way to go with both. To me, a CV or LinkedIn profile written in the third person reads like a film promotion
I think your LinkedIn profile should be written the same as a resume where you never use the word “I”
I think in case of 1st person, too much of “I” sounds arrogant.
1st is always the best in speaking or in writing terms.
3rd person implies arrogance or ignorance, both of which are an automatic turn-off
Unless you’re royalty, I think the 1st person reads better… makes one sound less pretentious
I think first person definitely, after all its all about you!
The first person unless you are a novelist!
To summarize the comments there seems to be two trains of thought. If you are using the platform to find your next job most are saying that a third person style is preferred. If you are using the platform to build relationships and demonstrate the value of YOU then first person wins hands down.
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As the poll is now closed why not add your thoughts in the comments and keep this debate going! Thanks for reading