Like most of us, when the invite is there from LinkedIn to say 'congrats' to a connection's new job or say 'happy work anniversary', we generally do so without thinking about it as we want to endorse that person then and there. So what's the problem?
I was about to do this with some of my connections online recently but realised that in the flesh, they weren't in the job that I was invited by LinkedIn to say 'happy work anniversary' for, and their 'new job' 'was in fact one they held two years back!
I can't stress enough that your online self must resemble your 'physical' self no matter what online social platform you use to promote your career.
Gone are the days of just 'dabbling' in social media and social networking sites and setting up a profile to see how you fair and whether you like the system or not. Online profile's are now quite mainstream for professionals to showcase their career worth, and as recruiters and company's gravitate more towards the online world to find talent, your out of date online profile is quietly doing you a disservice when you are viewed online and referenced checked against it.
Before your next connection endorses you, please make sure your profile is current. Don't have your connections with the good intentions, falsify your career timeline. You don't want to miss out on any online opportunities that may come your way.
When was the last time you audited your online profile?