careerIt’s a quandary. The more experience you have, the more exposure you have facing challenges and solving problems.

Rarely could you have too much experience. There are war stories to tell, anecdotes and sagas that you were involved in, or originated as a folk hero.

Remember Y2K? You have the gray hair to prove you planned, implemented and survived if you recall Y2K!

Ah, memories of what seemed insurmountable then and now in retrospect proved to be another notch in the stick.

Another arrow in your skill quiver.

So when I speak to experienced professionals, often I do not see the pre-existing professional conditions they possess articulated on their LinkedIn profile. As one colleague told me after his article was published and I exhorted him to add it to his LinkedIn profile, this would require a complete emotional rest after self-promoting in that way! Kidding aside, he is too smart and savvy in business to have been reticent to show his stuff! Yet, like many boomers, he recalls that parental finger wagging in his memory saying “Don’t talk about yourself, you will sound conceited.”

Talk openly and professional (in full sentences, not resume-y bullet pointed factoids) about your preexisting conditions. They make you who you are today and who you aspire to be tomorrow.

Professionals today are just like that. They talk about themselves correctly on social media, and LinkedIn especially.