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4 Reasons ‘Waiting’ to Update Your LinkedIn Profile Isn’t a Good Idea

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Too busy to tend your LinkedIn presence?

Waiting until you’re in the midst of a job search could be too late.

If you’re like many busy executives, you may have only added your last job, a bit of your education, and no entries in Skills or the About sections. Your Headline may only contain your current job.

Unfortunately, these minimal details will NOT differentiate you from the competition – and could dampen your job prospects.

Read on for key reasons you shouldn’t wait to update your LinkedIn presence:

1 – You could be caught in an unexpected layoff.

If you’re reluctant to change your LinkedIn profile because the boss might find out, change your thinking. For starters, your boss is likely refreshing their profile at the same time – which is why they may be scanning LinkedIn to see what you’re doing.

In How to Secretly Update LinkedIn While You’re Still Employed, you’ll see ways to build a subtle personal brand message that promotes your value, but doesn’t give you away.

If you’re suddenly in need of a new position, you’ll be glad you devoted time to brushing up your profile and you’ll likely gain faster traction with prospective employers.

 

2 – Employers might already be recruiting your competition.

Even if you’ve provided a current job title that implies multiple promotions, employers can’t distinguish between you and a comparable prospect for an open role.

Your career can look lackluster against that of another candidate who has taken the time to understand, capture, and express their personal brand.

Consider this: you won’t even know if employers are finding new hires with skills nearly identical to yours. Updating your profile could be the key to discovering more opportunities for yourself.

 

3 – Your LinkedIn profile won’t match your resume.

Most people prepare a resume first before tackling LinkedIn, so when you launch a job search, employers and recruiters will be confused when they see you on social media. Some employers even take a pass if your LinkedIn profile doesn’t align with your resume.

Think about the volume of information on most resumes, such as multiple job titles and dates, in addition to courses, certifications, awards, revenue results, team management, keywords, and professional affiliations. That’s in addition to the accomplishments that distinguish you from others with a similar career.

Now, compare that to your bare-bones digital identity. Employers might even think your LinkedIn profile belongs to another person!

You could even look out-of-date for not having more than the bare minimum of details filled in.

 

4 – You might find a good opportunity… and then you’ll scramble to make changes.

Updating LinkedIn strategically and thoughtfully takes time. In Why the Worst Time to Update Your LinkedIn Profile is When You’re Looking for a Job or Business Opportunity, Hannah Martin points out that your timing is already late if you’re firing off resumes.

Expressing your personal brand takes more than a few job titles and lines of text. If you haven’t documented your accomplishments (and adjusted them for presentation on LinkedIn), your competition will… and they may do a better job of eliciting interest from recruiters.

 

Your best bet? Make a date with LinkedIn – NOW.

Make recruiters’ lives easier and do yourself a favor by documenting and leveraging your leadership skills, personal brand, and achievements.

Take notes from A Fast Formula for a Powerful LinkedIn Headline, 22 LinkedIn Tips You’ll Need in 2022, and 3 Reasons to Take Your Current Job Out of Your LinkedIn Headline to aid in your efforts.

Then, continue to update LinkedIn to keep yourself (and your personal brand) ahead of the game.

 

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4 Reasons ‘Waiting’ to Update Your LinkedIn Profile Isn’t a Good Idea

waiting to update linkedin

Too busy to tend your LinkedIn presence?

Waiting until you’re in the midst of a job search could be too late.

If you’re like many busy executives, you may have only added your last job, a bit of your education, and no entries in Skills or the About sections. Your Headline may only contain your current job.

Unfortunately, these minimal details will NOT differentiate you from the competition – and could dampen your job prospects.

Read on for key reasons you shouldn’t wait to update your LinkedIn presence:

1 – You could be caught in an unexpected layoff.

If you’re reluctant to change your LinkedIn profile because the boss might find out, change your thinking. For starters, your boss is likely refreshing their profile at the same time – which is why they may be scanning LinkedIn to see what you’re doing.

In How to Secretly Update LinkedIn While You’re Still Employed, you’ll see ways to build a subtle personal brand message that promotes your value, but doesn’t give you away.

If you’re suddenly in need of a new position, you’ll be glad you devoted time to brushing up your profile and you’ll likely gain faster traction with prospective employers.

 

2 – Employers might already be recruiting your competition.

Even if you’ve provided a current job title that implies multiple promotions, employers can’t distinguish between you and a comparable prospect for an open role.

Your career can look lackluster against that of another candidate who has taken the time to understand, capture, and express their personal brand.

Consider this: you won’t even know if employers are finding new hires with skills nearly identical to yours. Updating your profile could be the key to discovering more opportunities for yourself.

 

3 – Your LinkedIn profile won’t match your resume.

Most people prepare a resume first before tackling LinkedIn, so when you launch a job search, employers and recruiters will be confused when they see you on social media. Some employers even take a pass if your LinkedIn profile doesn’t align with your resume.

Think about the volume of information on most resumes, such as multiple job titles and dates, in addition to courses, certifications, awards, revenue results, team management, keywords, and professional affiliations. That’s in addition to the accomplishments that distinguish you from others with a similar career.

Now, compare that to your bare-bones digital identity. Employers might even think your LinkedIn profile belongs to another person!

You could even look out-of-date for not having more than the bare minimum of details filled in.

 

4 – You might find a good opportunity… and then you’ll scramble to make changes.

Updating LinkedIn strategically and thoughtfully takes time. In Why the Worst Time to Update Your LinkedIn Profile is When You’re Looking for a Job or Business Opportunity, Hannah Martin points out that your timing is already late if you’re firing off resumes.

Expressing your personal brand takes more than a few job titles and lines of text. If you haven’t documented your accomplishments (and adjusted them for presentation on LinkedIn), your competition will… and they may do a better job of eliciting interest from recruiters.

 

Your best bet? Make a date with LinkedIn – NOW.

Make recruiters’ lives easier and do yourself a favor by documenting and leveraging your leadership skills, personal brand, and achievements.

Take notes from A Fast Formula for a Powerful LinkedIn Headline, 22 LinkedIn Tips You’ll Need in 2022, and 3 Reasons to Take Your Current Job Out of Your LinkedIn Headline to aid in your efforts.

Then, continue to update LinkedIn to keep yourself (and your personal brand) ahead of the game.

 

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LinkedIn Tips for The Over-50 Job Seeker

LinkedIn Tips for The Over-50 Job Seeker

 

Today, employers and recruiters expect to find your credentials on the site – and they also expect you to be reasonably social media-savvy.

If you’ve never set up a robust LinkedIn Profile (or you’ve never considered why it’s important to do so), these tips will help you make changes in your use and perception of LinkedIn.

 

Change your view of LinkedIn.

First off, you’ll need to embrace LinkedIn for a successful over-50 job search, no matter what you’ve thought of it in the past.

Job seeking practices have changed substantially over the past decade – and with more than 760 million users, LinkedIn has emerged as THE hub for job seekers and employers to exchange information.

Nearly 95% of all employers use the site to identify and court job seekers, according to some studies. It’s been said that if you can’t be found on LinkedIn, you don’t exist.

By putting more of your personal brand message out there for public viewing, you can gain a stronger online presence that backs up your credibility as an applicant. Conversely, some employers and recruiters may discover you on LinkedIn first, then request your resume (rather than the other way around).

It’s important to realize that you already HAVE an online identity, no matter if you populate LinkedIn or not.

Google yourself, and you’re likely to see online entries with your name, job title, age, or even your address. You’re far better off controlling this information, and LinkedIn is one of the BEST tools for this purpose.

 

Fill in every section of LinkedIn possible for maximum results.

The best sections to use are the Headline, About, Experience, Skills, Education, and Certifications. Don’t worry if you can’t completely populate each area at first.

writing on LinkedInBy design, LinkedIn will prompt you to finish empty sections, helping you to add data that appeals to employers and other users looking to connect with you.

Some users in the over-50 category make the mistake of leaving a barely done LinkedIn Profile on display, which does little to convince employers of your personal brand value.

Instead, supply as much information as possible to leverage the site’s AI-backed algorithms, which drive more traffic to users with robust Profiles (especially when these users comment on posts of professional interest).

You can also review Profiles of other users in your field for inspiration.

 

Build a strategy for showing dates of employment and education.

Most employers are interested in your history from the past 10-15 years, no matter if you fit the over-50 group or not. Therefore, your Experience section should focus on this part of your career.

You can also, if needed, eliminate dates of attendance from your college studies on LinkedIn by omitting the year of graduation when specifying degrees or university programs.

What if you have relevant job experience (such as previous military history) from past roles that would otherwise “date” you as a candidate?

Simply fold these into your last job entry in the description field, captioned as “Additional Experience” and noting the name of the organization. This strategy will allow you to keep the information, but emphasize the experience, rather than the time period in which it occurred.

 

Tune your LinkedIn Profile to match employer searches.

It’s important to align the content of your LinkedIn Profile with common terms in your industry and at your career level, so that others can find you and potentially recruit you. The best way to do this? Research and insert keywords into specific parts of your profile.

employer LinkedIn search First of all, identify the skills you commonly use in your work – particularly those you find in job postings.

A Chief Operating Officer job might list Process Improvement or Manufacturing Efficiency, while a VP of Sales could include Customer Relationships or Consultative Selling.

Be sure to incorporate technology expertise, as these skills are expected to become even more important in today’s AI and automation-centric business climate.

Next, ensure these skills are featured in your LinkedIn Headline and About section. You can look at A Fast Formula for a Powerful LinkedIn Headline to get ideas on filling in your Headline field for the most impact.

Since LinkedIn’s algorithm is focused on the recurrence of common keywords, you can add them in several places throughout your Profile for better keyword density. These include the Skills, Certifications, Projects, and Job Title fields.

 

Adjust your LinkedIn Photo for optimum results.

Don’t ignore the need for a headshot on your Profile! According to LinkedIn, users with a Photo receive up to 14 times more views.

Put your best professional foot forward with a headshot that reflects your current professional stature, rather than trying to hide your age with an outdated photo.

Consult a stylist or ask your photographer for tips, explaining the purpose of your photo and selecting a shot that demonstrates vibrancy and professionalism for a well-qualified candidate.

You can also review the Profiles of other users at your career level to get a feel for accepted attire, demeanor, backgrounds, and other elements of your headshot. After all, these may be your competitors for a new job.

 

Remember that LinkedIn can be a strong and effective job seeking tool at any age and level.

By demonstrating your ability to navigate social media and your effectiveness in supplying relevant data, you will be in a better position to impress employers and control your online identity.

 

Originally published on Job-Hunt.org