New Year’s Resolution: Update Your LinkedIn Profile

When was the last time you took a good look at your LinkedIn profile? Sure, it is easy to let it slip into backburner purgatory but one of your 2015 new year’s resolutions should be swinging by to review and make necessary updates.

One area in particular to take a closer look at is the “Projects” section and if what I hear from HR folks and department executives is accurate, this is one element they scrutinize in order to help glean additional insight into prospects and providers.

Did You Know That Potential Employers/Clients Are Using Your Profile As An Official Resume?

For those not already in the know, it is increasingly common for potential employers and clients to use your LinkedIn profile as an official resume, which includes downloading a hard copy in pdf format. The last thing you want is a hard copy floating around a conference room table that doesn’t accurately represent you and your work.

LinkedIn download as PDF

So do yourself a favor and set aside some time to review and update your LinkedIn profile for 2015, you’ll be glad you did.

Oh, and if you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, or think you don’t need one, you might want to reconsider as it is rapidly becoming one of many tells prospective employers/clients use to get an idea about your age and/or level of tech understanding.

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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