As we try to figure out how best to organize our LinkedIn profiles to present a better image of ourselves to the world--while improving our future job prospects--few of us ever consider the quality of the past experience in our profile.
Unfortunately, for many Millennials, quantity trumps quality. Their natural tendency is to list every single job they've ever undertaken, since many of them have a relatively short resume as it is. As a result, their LinkedIn profiles are filled with marginal jobs, including part-time positions working at the local burger joint, or internships with organizations no one has ever heard of.
As it turns out, when potential recruiters evaluate a LinkedIn profile, the presence of low-level or menial jobs can actually hurt you rather than help.
Certain employers explain that they tend to believe those who've taken to be lower-level jobs to be less committed--sometimes, even less competent--than those who exclusively take high-ranking, big-name jobs.
To better understand this finding, researchers asked a large group of hiring decision makers to share their thoughts about job applicants after reviewing their employment histories. At the end of the study, it was found that men in part-time positions were often seen by potential employers as less committed or less competent than those in full-time jobs. Similarly, women in lower-level positions, or in part-time work, were also thought to be less competent, although, interestingly, not less committed.
The conclusions we're able to draw from the study, however, are clear: Neither men nor women benefit from having taken lower-level, seemingly less-committed work.
So, if you're a Millennial, take a close look at the jobs you've got listed on your LinkedIn profile. Think twice before you include every single job in your employment history.
Although millions of workers and employees are consistently employed in part-time positions--and at job positions well below their level of competence--refraining from including these experiences on your LinkedIn profile will likely make you more attractive to someone who is hiring. And that's a good thing for you--and for your future employment prospects.
People don't always necessarily value quantity over quality. And shining the spotlight on your highest-quality jobs will enable employers, recruiters, and others to see just how great an employee you can be.