I was just on a product demo where the host said “and you can even link back to your LinkedIn profile right there, for others to see and click on!”
It reminded me of WHY I don’t do that! Hardly ever do I share my LinkedIn profile. Here are some of my thoughts on that:
The most compelling reason I don’t share it is because I don’t want you to go there. Whuh?? Really, I don’t want you to go there.
I would much rather you go to JibberJobber.com, which is my company of over two years, and manage your career information.
I would rather you go to my JibberJobber.com blog, or this LinkedIn blog, or my Facebook blog.
I’d even rather you go to Amazon.com and buy the book from there (even thought it’s better for me if you buy it from the publisher, and it’s better for you, since you’ll have the option of buying it as an eBook).
Of course, from my LinkedIn profile, you can click on links to JibberJobber, or these two blogs. But I don’t even care for you to go there… I want you to take the shortest path to something more actionable (for YOU and for ME).
The other compelling reason to not put a link to my LinkedIn profile anywhere (like below) is because I don’t want you to think that I want an invitation to connect. Not that that’s exactly what it’s saying, but many people are growing their networks without even knowing why, and I don’t want to become just another number for you. If you want to find me on LinkedIn, and then invite me, at least you are doing some work to get to that point… but I’m not going to hang it out there and have some people think I’m saying “please invite me to LinkedIn!”
These are some reasonswhy I don’t (yet) put a linkedin image on any of my blogs, like this:
And why I don’t put the LinkedIn link in my e-mail signature:
Now, if YOU don’t have any other site, than it TOTALLY makes sense to put the link to your LinkedIn profile as your URL… but if you have a site where you eventually want people to end up, then point them there!