To be honest I have never written a Blog. I honestly didn’t know where to begin. So, in typical fashion I put it off and off and off, until finally I felt more like a slacker than someone who was just afraid to start. So I started to think about the fact that a great number of people probably procrastinate more because of the unknown than actual laziness just like me. So it brought me to the conclusion that I wanted to write about LinkedIn, because I am so often amazed by the fact that there are professionals that still do not use it! Then I thought maybe they are just putting it off because of the fear of the unknown! So let’s talk about it.
LinkedIn is NOT Facebook or MySpace. It is truly a professional Social Networking tool. You start by creating a profile for yourself and setting it up in the same way you would set up a resume, telling people about your past professional roles and what your accomplishments were. LinkedIn actually walks you through the whole process to don’t be afraid to get started. LinkedIn even goes and finds the people you know that already have accounts and suggests who you should connect with. It even gives you an option to request written references from people you have worked with in the past!
Once you have your profile set up you can begin to join groups that other people have created sharing your interests and backgrounds. Using a spin-off of the now common phrase there’s an App for that; trust me there is a group for that! Are you a BA in Charlotte, there’s a group for that! A JAVA Developer yup there is a group for that too. Are you a Recruiter – there’s a group for that or a job seeker yup that too. I think you are getting the point.
You can then use these groups and the network connections you make from them to socially network to get help with your current need. Are you looking for a Networking Event in your city to attend? You can find it on LinkedIn or ask group members ; someone will know! Is your neighbor’s 2nd cousin’s stepsister looking for work? You can post it out to your group to see if someone can help. Are you a recruiter with job openings? Post it on your profile and in groups and someone might know someone who will fit! Have a professional topic you would like to discuss with your peers? Start the discussion in your LinkedIn group and see how far it goes!
I think you are getting the point, but if you have any questions feel free to ask me here or on LinkedIn and I will be happy to answer or help you to the best of my ability! Now go create your profile and actually use LinkedIn to its full potential. Stop putting it off, you might actually enjoy it!
Hey! I think I just wrote my first BLOG!!!