It’s the beginning of the season so now is as good a time as any to suck it up and update your LinkedIn profile. During its early years I assumed LinkedIn would be one of the numerous social media platforms to go extinct, but they’ve managed to make it through so regardless how many steps it takes, it pays to keep your profile information up to date.
Case in point, over last season, I discovered numerous instances where organizations would pull bio and work info from my LinkedIn profile. I’m also seeing a sharp uptick in meaningful communication via direct messages.
So at the very least, you want to make sure the critical elements are current:
- Current Position and Title
- Contact Info
- Summary (bio)
The last item is particularly important after you reach a certain point in a career. It’s always a bit telling to see a mid-career professional with a few notable career positions still listing the resume padding positions that are typical when entering the job market. Knowing when to prune those out is an important step.
While it ranks up there with getting a root canal in my book, I’m still glad I took the time to pop in and make some updates.
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