I went to a business college filled with computers. Everyone in the school was hunched over working feverishly on their projects. When winter came, the power occasionally went out. When it did, howls of frustration would ring out up and down the hallways. No backups, people mid-stroke, cut off, machines shut down.
You can imagine how much work would go down the drain if your LinkedIn profile was erased. It happens. The best thing you can do is backup your LinkedIn profile and I wanted to show you how easy it is.
Every time I think of it, I navigate to my profile in Edit Mode and select the arrow/submenu next to Edit in my Summary Box. There you have a variety of choices such as: view recent activity, ask to be recommended, create profile in another language, share profile (with someone else on LI), export to PDF, and manage public profile settings. I encourage you to take a look at each of these to see how the function but for this exercise, I’m looking for Export to PDF.
The great thing about exporting your profile is that you can simply save it with a date and file it away. There’s no need to do anything with it until necessary and hopefully it never will be. It’s also nice to have a “hard copy” of your profile (I still update my old school resume about once a year). The beauty of this export is you can copy the information from the saved copy back into a new profile should something go kerflooey and you have to rebuild. Simple and effective. You’ll still have to put in a little time copying and pasting it back in but it’s better than losing everything and starting from scratch.
Just go back it up. It only takes 30 seconds to get in and hit Export. Peace of mind.
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