Make a list of all of the places online where you have a profession-related profile. For each one, check that your contact information, including these items, is current:
- Your snail-mail address
- Your phone and fax numbers
- Your e-mail address
- Your web site address
- Any résumés that you have uploaded
It's easy to forget this chore, so I have an annual calendar entry that reminds me to update all such information about myself online, plus copyright dates for web sites that I own. That calendar entry lists all the places online where I must do updates: the member directory of the Editorial Freelancers Association, the directory of freelancers maintained by the e-mail list Copyediting-L, my ad on the web site of the Council of Science Editors, the freelancer directory of the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences, the freelancer directory of the American Medical Writers Association, this blog, my business web site, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and so on.
Here is a helpful article on how to update your profile on several social-media platforms. Not described there is how to back up your LinkedIn profile: just click the PDF icon on the upper right side of your profile.
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