I found today an article about Linkedin again, but among the thousands you will find, I think this one is interesting to read. The article points out again why everyone should get an online profile. Linkedin is probably the most global and popular. But most of all, how important it is to have a professional, non-arrogant, truthful profile.
I have started using Linkedin in 2003, in its early beginning. As an Executive Search consultant, I was desperate to get my hand on a reliable professional global database to look for new candidates. I googled: director of sales and the first results turned out to be on Linkedin. I quickly signed up and did not anticipate that it was going to become an essential tool for me and THE headhunter go-to database! I have probably found more suitable candidates that I have successfully placed in my clients company on Linkedin than by recommendations or even by market research.
Nowadays, Linkedin has become much more than just a headhunter tool or a colleague connector, it is your presentation to the business community, to your potential clients, your real you to potential employer but also to your current company colleagues and boss. It is more than just a CV.
Also, People tend to lie less on Linkedin because it is online, checkable by everyone, ex colleagues, boss, friends who know you were the VP and not the Executive Director, for 2 years, not 5!
I tend to trust the information on it and urge all my clients in career transitions to get or dramatically improve their linkedin profile.
More in the Forbes article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/robasghar/2014/02/12/your-linkedin-profile-go-big-or-get-lost/