No LinkedIn Profile? You are Not “In the Loop”
Social media has experienced a meteoric rise in the past decade. First came My Space, a social network for teens mostly. Soon, Facebook took over and has become a hugely popular means for friends, past and current to connect and share news, videos, jokes, and statuses. This was followed by Pinterest, another place to connect based upon common interest, hobbies, and activities. Of course, Twitter emerged as a place for people to “tweet” short comments, and is widely popular with well-known figures who have managed to accumulate “followers.” It was only natural, then, that someone would decide that there needed to be an online place for career professionals to interact and to network. Thus was born LinkedIn.
LinkedIn began much like Facebook. Individuals set up an account and published a career profile, which included much of the same information that would be contained in a resume. They then invited others to join them (much like “friending” on Facebook), but the purpose was for networking, not social sharing. As the site grew, new features were added and continue to be added today, to include:
- Discussion groups on related to topics and issues of specific careers
- Cross-categorical groups based upon both career and organizational types
- Individual profiles are categorized by specific “skill sets” based upon keywords and keyword phrases
- Companies and organizations can post position openings, and these will be “announced” to individuals who may be seeking an employment change
- Individuals may in turn seek employment postings and specific categories that match their educational and experiential backgrounds
- Candidates for positions can refer potential employers to their LinkedIn profiles, and companies are now using LinkedIn as a screening mechanism.
Today, over 200 million professional profiles exist on LinkedIn, and its reach is global. With over 200 countries now represented, moreover, career professionals are now able to connect with international counterparts, as well as consider positions that may be available in other countries.
Why You Need to Be “In the Loop”
LinkedIn serves two important functions:
- It allows those in similar careers to engage in discussions, share ideas, and remain current in their professions.
- It is a large clearinghouse for networking and employment searches. Once you request a contact, and that contact has “accepted,” you then have access to all of that individual’s contacts. Your network will grow exponentially as you continue to make “contacts.”
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- A personally assigned writer, with whom you will communicate directly
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