Should I update LinkedIn in case I get laid off?


I’m in my mid 40s and all of this news about layoffs is making me feel insecure. I haven’t looked for a job, written a résumé or updated my LinkedIn profile in 20 years. Do you recommend keeping both updated or wait to see if I need it? I don’t want to my employer to think that I am looking for a new job.

Everyone at every stage of their career should be new-job ready. Too many people who lose their jobs are caught off guard and then, on top of the stress, have to scramble to update everything, which can take some thought and time to get right. Also, keeping your profile current might lead new opportunities from recruiters. No one should ever get too comfortable in their job. Keep an eye on the market because you just never know. If your employer notices that you have updated your LinkedIn profile, it won’t make you more vulnerable at work. It actually may make them worry that you will leave — not a bad thing.

Your response to the manager complaining about their employees “quietly quitting” demonstrates that you should quietly quit giving career advice. I stick to my job description and do a good job. If my boss wants me to go above and beyond, then the company can pay me more. So how does one say that without being labeled a malcontent or risk job loss?

I’m sorry. GoToGreg can’t respond to this question right now. He is quietly quitting this week. Make up your mind, my friend — either you want me to quit dispensing advice or you want my help. Actually, I’m just wired to give my all to everything I do, so I will answer your question. So much mail on this topic, most of it from angry employees, speaks to my view that employers need to do better at keeping employees engaged, recognized and rewarded. That said, the best path to more opportunity is to stand out by crushing your job and going above and beyond. It’s a mindset as much as the hours that you put in. There’s nothing wrong with a “9 to 5” mentality but it won’t put you on the fast track. Discuss your career and compensation goals with your boss and ask how you can achieve them at the company.

Gregory Giangrande has over 25 years of experience as a chief human resources executive. Hear Greg Weds. at 9:35 a.m. on iHeartRadio 710 WOR with Len Berman and Michael Riedel. E-mail: [email protected] Follow: and on
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