Leveraging Internal Profiles

For many people in business, LinkedIn is a proven source of sharing your professional capabilities with others. However, many organizations today have internal profile systems that work much like LinkedIn. In an organization, these systems are even more important to leverage.

So why do so many people leave their profiles blank on these systems?

Across many organizations I have witnessed a level of apathy to sharing information about information on the systems and keeping these profiles up to date. In today’s fluid business environment it constantly amazes me that people do not take advantage of these tools.

Consider that this site at your office is like having a talent review file available to anyone interested in you. Why would anyone want to leave this blank? It’s like saying to people looking at you that you have no interest in any other opportunity than the current one you are in and you are too lazy to full out a simple bio on youself. Not putting your best foot forward in business.

Maybe employees are not sure what to write?  Perhaps start with number of years experience and a brief list of positions inside and outside the company. List degrees by date, level, type, and school.  List certifications by date, type, and certifying agency. It can’t hurt to personalize your profile a little with hobbies and information about your family. If you have any special achievements like earning patents, publishing books, or winning awards, share this.

Do you want to be the person that is looked at as not interested or lazy or do you want to give a positive impression to those that look you up?


About johnrknotts
John Knotts is a results-oriented business professional leader, manager, and supervisor with experience from the military, small business, several nonprofits, and is currently a management consultant. Working out of the San Antonio, Texas, he retired from the Air Force in July 2008 and worked with Booz Allen Hamilton from the end of October 2008 to December 2011. Now he is a Strategic Business Adviser with USAA. John leads large and small strategic transformations and has extensive experience in the areas of change management, strategic planning, process improvement, strategic communication and marketing, strategic human capital and resource management, education and training, facilitation, organizational design and development, modeling and simulation, financial and budget analysis, activity based costing and management, quality management, competitive sourcing and privatization, leadership development, and business development.

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