Time To Update Your LinkedIn Profile

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
  • Headshot
  • Summary (bio)
  • Experience

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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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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