Nick Corcodilos is one of my favorite sources for advice on job hunting. He’s a former Vice President of Human Resources who has gone rogue. He doesn’t pull punches as he pulls back the curtain on the absurdity of corporate hiring — and the job-search industrial complex that has risen around it. He’s almost always good for a smile or two as well. His weekly article is a never-miss for me.
This week he continues his insightful critique of LinkedIn with illuminating examples of how people commit career suicide in a futile attempt to find a job. Buried in the article is a succinct recap of his method for how to find a job the right way:
Recently I made the case for updating your LinkedIn profile on a regular basis. LinkedIn is so much more than a resume — an up-to-date profile leads to better meetings, better connections and better introductions.
But what should you actually do when updating and writing content for your profile? Every entry in your resume or LinkedIn profile should contain three key pieces of information: What you did in that role, what you learned, and what you were ready for. Most people stop at listing what they have done. You are stopping yourself short.
The year is winding down. Many of us will spend refreshing time away from work over the next few weeks. This is a great time to refresh your LinkedIn profile as well. A current and complete profile makes it easy for friends and network connections remember where you’ve been and what you’re working on.
Without a doubt, LinkedIn has become the database of record for our careers. It has become the one place on the internet in which we make our professional declaration of who we are and what we do. As such, it is extremely useful in building and maintaining a rich network of professional connections.
But, you ask, “If I update my LinkedIn profile, won’t my boss think I am looking for a job?” Au contraire. LinkedIn is much more that a place to attract job inquiries.Not only is LinkedIn important to you, your profile is also important to the people in your network. Read on for a few of the other uses I find for LinkedIn.