LinkedIn Profile: Do You Care About Yours?

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Lately, I’ve been hit with quite a few requests from anonymous people on LinkedIn. I generally accept these invitations but I really don’t care so much about my LinkedIn profile anymore. It’s funny, when I first registered a few years back, I thought my LinkedIn profile would become my new resume. It was supposed to be my golden ticket to a bigger and brighter future. I used to cherish it like my credit score (which is way, way more important), and would spend hours upon hours tweaking it… trying to get it just right.

How Things Change

Passive income… It’s crazy what it can do to you. It not only instills confidence, but makes you feel empowered.

  • Do I care about networking with other professionals in my career field? No.
  • Do I want to make friends with headhunters and recruiters? No.
  • Do I even need a photo on my profile? No. My profile hasn’t had a photo update in over a year.

I feel like I’m getting close to achieving my goal of early financial independence. I should surpass my original passive income target of $1500/month by early 2014. By the end of 2014, the cash flow is expected to be in well excess of that, most likely collecting over $2000/month. By no means is anything certain in life, and I don’t want to walk around with a false sense of bravado… or count my chickens before they hatch, but I’m not going to lie and pretend like having an additional income stream doesn’t alter a person’s mentality either.

It does…

Focus Shift

I like being in control of things. My job makes me feel powerless. I honestly feel like I could be laid off at any moment for any reason. I detest corporate politics, and they are especially bad in the high-tech field. All it takes is one bad earnings report and heads will roll. I’ve seen it happen before and I’m certain it will happen again. It’s only a matter of time…

Realistically, I should be able to last in my career for another 1-2 years. If that’s all I need, then why do I need to waste my time worrying about my LinkedIn profile? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — I don’t want to be an engineer anymore.

Should I transition into a new field, such as real estate (agent), I guess you could say I might need to hold on to a LinkedIn profile… Either that, or find another site to help me network with others. Or I could just close down my engineering profile and start a new one. Kind of like starting over with a clean slate.

Other Thoughts

These days I care more about connecting with other bloggers and investors. Unlike my career network, I can actually relate with these people, and I want to get to know them better. 🙂

All joking aside, LinkedIn was useful for a period of my life. It helped me land a new job and meet other engineers. It served its purpose, but as someone on the journey to early financial independence, I’ve reached the point where I feel like I no longer need it anymore.

As such, that blank photo you see above will be all that remains. No new photos. No more updates. What you see is what you get. And for some reason, all these networking professionals still want to connect with me…

 

What about you? Do you rely on LinkedIn? Do you work hard to maintain your profile? Once you reach financial independence, what will you do with your now “useless” profile?

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FFdividend
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I have an account and it was created when everybody was talking about it. I don’t even remember the last time I log in.

theFIREstarter
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I dont even remember creating an account yet I somehow have one!!! (they used to do some really sneaky one click account opening thing if someone invited you as I recall… a bit underhand if you ask me) I have never updated it, yet I still get the occasional random “J.Blogs has certified your skill in Albanian sheep herding” or something along those lines, who I haven’t worked with or spoken to in 3 years. What a load of horsesh*t! I have had the same job for 10 years so I guess I never needed it for networking, maybe it… Read more »

Done by Forty
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I’m totally impressed by your passive income stream. We have not focused on this enough, but hopefully will get some rental properties going in the next few years.

I only care about my LinkedIn profile when I am trying to switch jobs. 🙂

moneycone
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Haha! I have an account, don’t remember the last time I updated it. For me, I found it mostly useless. I treat it the same way as facebook.

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I have a profile, but usually don’t update it regularly. For me, it’s nice to know there are options out there if I ever did need to look for a new job. Within the past 6 months, I’ve been contacted by at least 3 recruiters who are looking to hire, and even though nothing has worked out and I have stayed happy at my current job, it’s nice to know that while building up my stash, there are other options out there if I did want to move around!

The First Million is the Hardest
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My linkedin profile is important to me because I still have to work & I’m in the process of looking for a new job so it’s a valuable tool.

I think even if you’re planning to retire early linkedin can be valuable for you. Bloggers, Real Estate investors etc… are all on linkedin.

Justin @ RootofGood
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I pretty much ignored mine while working and since I retired at 33. I only updated it maybe 1-2 times ever. I know I updated it when I changed jobs 3 years ago. Other than that, I never really kept it up. I don’t even have a photo on there. I still accept friend requests if I somewhat recognize the person or if they are directly related to the field I used to be in. I’m really tempted to just update it to Chief Awesome Officer at RootofGood.com . That’s my title on my facebook page. 🙂 I guess I… Read more »

Martin
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I do not rely on LinkedIn at all. I have two profiles, one for my engineering career and the second one for my Hello Suckers! career. And the Hello Suckers! career at LinkedIn is a total fun for me. Originally I hoped I might be able to link with other investors and professionals and learn from them, but I learn more by reading blogs such as yours. So i have it totally as a fun page, I created a fake school of Self University of Investing and so on. I play with it only if I have time and use… Read more »

JC @ Passive-Income-Pursuit
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Have one, but I haven’t updated it in 3 years. And I hope to not have the need to keep up with it after a few more years. I really like Justin’s title on Facebook. Chief Awesome Officer! Love it.

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