Next Avenue: Celebrating your retirement? Don’t delete your LinkedIn profile yet.

by | Oct 26, 2022 | Stock Market

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org. Congratulations, you’ve retired! Time to pop the Champagne, kick back and…update your LinkedIn profile. If you want to work after retirement, even on an occasional basis, a dynamic LinkedIn profile will alert your network that you’re open to new opportunities. If you prefer a more leisure-based retirement, LinkedIn can help you stay connected to interesting people and ideas as you pivot to this next life stage.

But what’s the best way to design your post-retirement profile? For guidance, I reached out to three career experts: Hannah Morgan, founder of CareerSherpa.net in Canandaigua, New York; Hal Flantzer, a career and retirement coach based in New York City; and Ashley Watkins, a job search strategist with WriteStepResumes.com in Moody, Alabama. Read: The number of baby boomers and Generation X who plan to work past age 70—or forever—is stunningThe four common dilemmas Below are their responses to four common dilemmas retirees face when updating their profiles, along with a few tips culled from my experience coaching retirement clients:1. Should you avoid using the word “retired” in your headline and profile? “What does retired mean in 2022 anyway?” asks Morgan. “If you want to stay connected and active on LinkedIn, I would not include ‘retired’ in the headline. Instead, explain how you can be of service on LinkedIn in your headline.” Flantzer says he believes anyone seeing that word in a LinkedIn profile or headline would assume that the profile’s owner is done with working life. Watkins offered a slightly different take. “Since LinkedIn is about the total person, listing ‘retired’ can bring clarity to a career story.” After considering their answers, I say it’s OK …

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