Background: I was offered/given an acceptable severance package to leave, so I did. The regional manager & HR manager said they would confirm with prospective employers my start / end dates and my title, but wouldn't give me any reference after I asked. My last day with the employer is almost a month ago.
I recently found the manager's name on two recent LinkedIn emails in my blocked folder, before and after I left. I didn't open the emails so I don't know if the manager was trying to connect or more likely just looking if my account reflects my separation from the company.
I find all the LinkedIn emails I used to receive annoying so blocked it many years ago and haven't used it since starting with my last employer.
Question: What should I do with my LinkedIn account? Delete it or update it? If update, how should I show this change in my last posted position of almost 20 years? What's normal for stating I retired from the company and pivoting from my last position and looking for work in QA/QC in the same or related industry?
Relevance: I'm working with a recruiter who says deleting my LinkedIn won't kill my career (I'm within 5 years of retiring). Updating my account may attract prospective employers in my specific engineering industry.