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Ever since LinkedIn started adding attributes and customizing the way profiles look, people have been asking how to reorder their jobs.

The answer is relatively simple – you can’t.

But within that constraint, I can tell you how LinkedIn orders jobs, and what you can do if you really must.

Chronological, Current First

There – that’s the order it chooses; oldest at the bottom, open at the top.

So within that constraint, you can see that if you have 3 open positions, the most recently begun will be listed at the top of the experience section, and the oldest will be at the bottom.

Playing with fire

Until LinkedIn rolls out some “reorder your jobs” feature, there isn’t much to do about the situation.

But if you must – change the start date(s).

Make the one you want at the bottom start earlier than the others, or make the one you want to start at the top start after the others.

And I’m not saying this is a “really good thing to do” either – you take on a significant potential risks: will the misrepresentation come back to bite you.

You could also include the same position with a couple different dates to get it to appear in multiple places, but that’s usually more confusing to the reader. (“Hey – doesn’t Fred realize that he’s got the same position listed twice?”)

Leaving out details

You could remove information from your profile if it really gets in the way.

My hope is that you’d be able to describe all of your positions in a way that supports your personal brand. And that you establish that overall brand with the text in your Summary – that appears above all of the positions.

Unique issues

I expect that those in non-traditional roles will encounter this more often than those in traditional positions.

How have you dealt with it?

To your continued success,

steve

Steven Tylock
http://www.linkedinpersonaltrainer.com
http://www.linkedin.com/in/stevetylock