Other than Facebook, LinkedIn is arguably the most used social networking tool currently in existence. As a professional resume writer and career coach, I use LinkedIn daily to add connections, conduct company research, and to look for new opportunities to network.
As I navigate from profile to profile, I cannot help but notice that many people do not keep their profiles up to date. More specifically, when people leave one company and join another, they fail to add their new employer and new job title. This can prove very problematic because LinkedIn is touted as this great networking tool, but what happens if you locate the perfect contact and reach out to someone only to find out your connection no longer works at the company you are interested in?
In my list of contacts I have two people claiming to be the VPs in the same role for the same company. How can this be? Evidently, the outgoing VP did not update his employment history. For the passive job seeker, this does not really pose them a problem, but for the serious job seeker and those of us that leverage the power of LinkedIn to network, this makes the task difficult.
So what is the takeaway here? Keep your profile up to date, making sure you current employer and job title is reflected. This will improve the LinkedIn experience for all those that participate and avoid any awkward emails or phone calls.