Late last night I snuck into my office to do a 3 minute job: add a new job title to my Profile. I just proofed my third book, 51 Alternatives to a Real Job, and added that as a title. I was hoping people would see that in their updates today (they did, and I’ve already gotten emails!).
However, when I went back in this morning to see if I had put a link to 51Alternatives.com I noticed my new Professional Headline:
I would call this a DESIGN FLAW. My programmers would call it a BUG.
I think it is horrible that LinkedIn hijacks your Professional Headline with whatever recent job title you put up, for two reasons:
First, I advise people to customize their headline and NOT make it Title at Company. Make it something more impactful and meaningful.
Second, LinkedIn doesn’t tell me they are going to change what I have had there and overwrite it with Title at Company. The new Professional is misleading.
So now, on my list of things to do today, I will have to spend time to rethink this and put a new and good one up.