Have you Outgrown your LinkedIn Profile?
In the early days of our career we need to fuel our profile, but as we make progress and our profile grows, should we pack the older no-longer relevant experience away?
I recently compacted my earlier roles into one to reduce the real estate. Sharing roles from way back when, may no longer be benefiting your profile.
How to write your roles
First write previous roles in relation to outcomes you achieved, innovations made, results, opportunities and what you took away, rather than listing your duties from your job description. Infuse keywords and phrases into your descriptions in a conversational manner.The older the role, the less there is to say.
There comes a time when a role becomes irrelevant, and no longer adds value. Especially if the company no longer exists and doesn’t have a Company Page to connect to. When is that time? Some recruiters will say that anything over 10 years ago is no longer relevant, but don’t throw it away. Look at how you can compact the experience and summarise in one ‘role’ to show your journey in a succinct manner.
What about Projects?
You can collect a truck load of projects, but once again, it may be time to retire them to make space for the new. You could summarise or list projects in the role description, or create a document listing all your projects that is added to your profile as rich media, either to the relevant role or summary section. That way you still have the data, but it isn’t bloating your profile.
Keep projects current and relevant - remember projects can directly link to a URL.
Use this section to share any type of publication, but keep it relevant and recent. If you authored a best seller, then sure include that, but this is also a section you can use for ebooks, articles, podcasts, any type of publication you wish to showcase. Some publications have a longer shelf life than others, so review yours from time to time. The beauty of this section is the direct link to the publication URL.
I have chosen to not add a description to each item to keep the section succinct. I also moved this section above my experience to give it more focus.
Before making any major updates, do save a back-up copy of your profile, just in case you ever want to refer or revert back to previous roles.
What is missing from your profile, and what needs to be packed away?
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