How to write a LinkedIn Headline to stand out from your competitors (Sarah Clay)

Sarah Clay

Your LinkedIn headline is one of the most important areas of your LinkedIn profile—and is, arguably, the most difficult to get right.

What is your LinkedIn headline?

Your LinkedIn headline sits just below your banner and your profile photo. It is the first text which people see when they visit your profile. Here, you have 220 characters to make that all-important first impression.

Your headline travels everywhere you go on LinkedIn—the first third of your text showing every time you post (or comment on someone else’s post) or if you send someone a DM.

Can you see why your headline is so important?
Good! Then read on.

Hopefully you can see why it’s important that your headline packs a punch. What’s also vital is that it differentiates you from your competitors. With around 820 million people on LinkedIn in 2022, you need to stand head and shoulders above those doing a similar thing to what you do.

How can you use your LinkedIn headline to stand out?

With such a short amount of characters, it can be hard—but here it’s a case of less is more.
Here are 3 tips to help you write an awesome LinkedIn headline to position you apart from your competition.

1. Identify WHO you work with

You know when you hear your own name being called out in a busy street? You stop, you listen. Your name resonates with you.

Unless you want to target all people on LinkedIn called, say, “Emeric,” it’s a bit tricky to do this on LinkedIn. You also wouldn’t attract many people! If, however, you can identify your target audience by their job/position or business, you will have a chance of the relevant people being attracted to your profile. Tell those coaches, course creators, builders, writers, social media managers, that you help THEM!

When people see their profession listed, they’re likely to stop and explore your profile further. It’s not quite their name—but it’s the next best thing.

It will also save your audience—and, more importantly, you—a lot of time. Time is precious and you don’t want to be spending it answering comments and DMs from a load of people who don’t resonate with you, nor you them. Which brings me on to my next tip:

2. Identify WHAT you can do for your audience

Telling people what you can do for them is another great way of directly targeting those people that need you.

For example, I help entrepreneurs and business owners get leads on LinkedIn. If you’re an entrepreneur—then I am talking to you, my friend! If you don’t need more leads, then you don’t need my help. If you do, then you may want to dig deeper into what I do. Boom :boom: We are getting closer! So think about the end result of what you do for your clients.

If, for example, you’re a copywriter, you may help your clients by writing better copy than they do. Think about: what is the end result for them? If you write better copy than they do, 1) you’re freeing up time for them to devote to their business; and/or 2) you’re making them look more professional; and/or 3) you’re clarifying their messaging; and/or 4) you’re potentially attracting a different (better?) customer.

By talking about the results your service can achieve, you are more likely to resonate with your audience. We all have problems that need solving. If you can identify someone’s business problems in your LinkedIn headline, that reader is going to prick up their ears again! They’re getting closer to you, and we haven’t even finished yet!

3. Tell your readers HOW you help them

Problems can be solved in many ways and not everyone works in the same way, so it’s important to highlight how you operate. Do you have a membership or provide 1-to-1 services? Do you do “done for you” services or training?

The more information you give will help niche down your audience and help them with their buying journey. If you can keep things simple and explained clearly, you’re more likely to build up that all-important trust that people need to have established before they buy from you.

What does it mean to get more clicks you get to your profile?

Sarah Clay @sarah2
I train companies and entrepreneurs how to get more leads on LinkedIn. I work 121, with groups and I also have a fabulous community of LinkedIn learners

Tell Us Below:

What is your current LinkedIn headline?

Does it tell people about who you help, what you do, or how you help?


my current headline is this:

Organic Social Media Strategist | International Keynote Speaker | Certified Agile Marketer | Community Manager | Content Marketer #StrategyTalks :studio_microphone:

Maybe I need to update/add some more eh?!
Any thoughts for me on this @sarah2 ?


Hi Dorien!
I would say that there are a lot of different roles showing. I know you are a multi-talented lady but it’s important to have a really clear headline as people read them so quickly. I would also talk about who you serve: what sort of people/organisations do you work with? Identifying a niche makes it easier for folk to know whether you can help them or not. Finally - what’s your superpower? Talking about your USP will differentiate you from all the other Social Media Strategists on LinkedIn. Why do your clients choose to work with you rather than someone else?
Happy to have a chat if you like - it would be nice to catch up anyway!
Sarah :orange_heart:

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Rural Storyteller + Social Media Marketer + Western Content Creator

Kind of? I’ve always found that branding myself is next to impossible, so I avoid it. Any feedback is welcomed!


Hi @carolinearendt - I like your headline and maybe it can be more of an equation –

Rural Storyteller + Social Media Marketer = Western Content Creator ((added benefit))

Or something along those lines. With an additional benefit for people reaching out - ?


Since I’m not actively looking for more business, I like to keep mine very simple Author, Coach, Mentor, Co-Founder. But back in the day, I would trade mine out a lot to highlight conferences I was attending and offers –


I like @judihays headline:

:chart_with_upwards_trend: Elevating Business Owners to Expand Visibility and Engage Their Network to Increase B2B Business Opportunities | :books:Author & Forbes Contributor


My headline used to be my job title, but then I changed it to “Keeping you updated on gaming and tech news!”

I recently added “Helping moderate and grow gaming communities.” because reading all these content blogs about LinkedIn made me feel like my LinkedIn is a little barebones :disappointed:

So now it reads “Keeping you updated on gaming and tech news! Helping moderate and grow gaming communities.” - I don’t have clients and I have never done clients, I’m not a freelancer or have ever worked in an agency.

But what I do-do on LinkedIn is post about gaming and tech news!

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