LinkedIn question with so many helpful responses **


My question was:

If I am not currently working, please suggest what I should put in my LinkedIn profile.

I do not currently work and will not be looking for employment anytime soon.
I am unsure how I can benefit from LinkedIn…I tried to complete my profile as much as I could but it seems somewhat bare…what do you think?
Thanks in advance * Have a nice day *

Best answers: listed in order best at the top *

Dinesh Ramkrishna – 

Greetings Vanessa:

How about this ?
“Retired From Job not from Social Networking”



Al Macintyre –

Find a word that you are comfortable with like
“between jobs” or “job hunting”
or “semi-retired”
and enter that for the name of your current employer.

You will be surprised to find that once you have identified whatever, that your choice has a surprising number of fellow Linked In members also there.


Judy B. Margolis –

You’re an artist, Vanessa. Say so. Friend and other descriptors isn’t particularly appropriate for a professional networking site. I didn’t read your full profile, but whether you’re a graphic designer, painter, singer…what have you, there’s likely groups of the likeminded you can join here. Just do an Advanced Group Search using the keywords that best describe your areas of interest.


Ed Han –

I’ve spent a lot of time in Q&A but never once have seen this question, so this is quite refreshing!

I would suggest that you consider a headline that communicates what’s most important for other people to know about you. I agree with Judy that “friend” seems out of place. That also invites people to cite “friend” as the reason to send invitations to connect with you, since you’ve included your e-mail in your headline.

I would suggest removing your e-mail: given the size of your network, you don’t strike me as someone who’s particularly interested in growing it tremendously.


Martin Thomas –

I think the approach you’ve taken is kinda nice. Yes it is bare. So why not expand on the sections on Awesome and Creative and talk more about yourself. You can also move the sections around a bit and de-emphasise the CV part of your profile. Look at mine as an example – it’s not perfect but it is a different approach to what you can do.

If you just want to use LI to discover interesting new people before going back on the job market you can do worse than plague this Q&A and also a bunch of groups.

I have met a bunch of friends here and many new business colleagues too this way. It is time consuming but it can be addictive and is definitely useful.




It was suprising when I instantly started getting responses to my question…it was very nice. Everyone was so helpful…I like that. I received many helpful suggestions/tips that I am taking into account while I work on enhancing my profile.  

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