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Assuming I have a profession A, and I'm trained in a very different one as well, B.

Shall I mix both in my profile, or will it just create an impression of being all over the place?

(I'm currently looking for work in A, and B is from a completely irrelevant realm to A).

  • Your LinkedIn profile is not your resume. So you don't need to stick with one career purpose. – cYn Oct 23 '13 at 18:33
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The purpose of the LinkedIn is so current and former coworkers can find you, and so recruiters and hiring managers can find you.

Why would you not include all work experience? You might have a degree in Biology and worked for the first 5 years in a laboratory, now you are an accountant. A company working in biology, pharmacology, and chem-bio defense would be very interested in you. Because you are accountant with familiarity with the subject matter.

Former co-workers who could expand your network would not be sure it was you if you didn't include all the places you worked, thus potentially missing out on a source of job references.

Also splitting you experience into two profiles will show that both halves of you have trouble staying employed because of all the gaps in experience.

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(to paraphrase a little...)

I'm currently looking for work in Field A. I also have experience in Field B, but is completely irrelevant to Field A. Should I include both experiences on my LinkedIn account?

It doesn't matter. Showing just your experience in Field A would make for clear, succinct profile for a hiring manager looking for just that skills, specifically. But, people change jobs/careers so often these days that it's standard for your LinkedIn profile to be more of a CV than a resume: i.e. it's for listing everything you've done, professionally, and not just your qualifications for one specific position. Hiring managers shouldn't see anything odd in a LinkedIn profile that lists all your professional activity. At the very least, your experience in Field B could help you show generic leadership / communication skills, and fill any apparent time gaps (for hiring managers that still look for those).


Note, however, that for the related question...

I'm looking for a job. I have experience in a couple different areas, and I'd love to work in any of them again. Should I put everything on my LinkedIn profile?

The answer is (a definite): Yes! Again, your LinkedIn profile is more of a CV than a resume. You want to draw interest from all those fields, so list everything.

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Cross specialization is useful to a very small subset of people. If you're doing a lot of IT but you also have background in Geology there are people that can use the combined experience. If you can provide more details it's easier to figure out the specifics.

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    Lets assume Accountant and Pole dancer ... nothing to do with each other ... – Noctis Oct 23 '13 at 5:27
  • If you had been a pole dancer, would you be putting this on LinkedIn? In short, if one of them is pretty hard to rationalize in a business context you may as well leave it off. – Meredith Poor Oct 23 '13 at 7:05
  • Seems so, as you can see here . But I guess they wouldn't go for an accountant job in our case... – Noctis Oct 23 '13 at 7:12
  • There is a story about Pole Dancers forming a professional group and trying to attenuate the sleazier stereotypes. Looking at the profile you referenced, everything makes sense: personal fitness, entertainment events, etc. If one is running a business that mixes fitness training and parties one obviously has to keep the books, or at least know their way around income and costs. Wouldn't it make more sense to focus on the fitness dimension? There are gyms everywhere, and they probably need bean counters. – Meredith Poor Oct 24 '13 at 0:34

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