Five Reasons You Need to Be on LinkedIn Even When You Have a Job

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A resume is a static thing. You write it once when you are actively looking for work. You get your job. Then you forget about it. LinkedIn profiles tend to stay up to date with greater accuracy than any other online profile. Recruiters know this. They know that your profile will be more accurate than your five-year-old resume.

When you keep your profile up to date, writing your new resume will be that much easier. Instead of staring at a blank piece of paper trying to remember your start and stop dates, you’ll just check your profile and know. Look, you never know when you’ll need a resume. Most employment these days is at-will. Your company doesn’t need any reason to let you go tomorrow. Be ready.

A question Joshua Waldman, author of Job Searching with Social Media For Dummies, frequently gets when training job seekers on using social media is “Won’t my boss think I’m looking for another job if I’m using LinkedIn?”

With over 180 million LinkedIn users in the world, he honestly doesn’t think that even half of them are actively seeking work. More than likely, they are happily employed and happily networking. It is a mistake to think of LinkedIn as a giant job board and your profile as just another resume. The power of any social networking tool is in the actual networking.

So if you are currently employed and not taking your LinkedIn use seriously, you’re making a grave error. Here are five reasons Waldman, writing for the TheLadders, has identified for why you need to be on LinkedIn.


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