I received this notification from LinkedIn the other day—
Thank you, friends and clients, for trusting me with your projects and for endorsing my work! If you are on LinkedIn, and we haven’t yet connected, please click the image to visit my profile and reach out.
Thinking about Linking
This endorsement from LinkedIn comes at an interesting time. I’ve noticed an uptick in activity in my LinkedIn network of late—particularly, it seems, among people who have had a LinkedIn profile for a long time, but have never done much with it. (Some of them still have the “gray man” profile photo!) My first thought was that they were all looking for jobs. That’s kind of a stereotype about how people use LinkedIn.
But your LinkedIn profile can be much more than an online resumé that gets dusted off only when you get laid off. It should be an online Chamber of Commerce, a network of fellow professionals.
So I’m curious, How do you use LinkedIn? Have you used it for research? Do you belong to any LinkedIn Groups? What’s your policy about accepting invitations to connect? Do you have a policy about how you give endorsements? Have you ever written a LinkedIn recommendation? What things do you notice when you visit someone else’s LinkedIn profile?
Linking and learning
There’s nothing wrong with using LinkedIn as an online resumé—but that’s just the beginning. If you post your ideas (or questions) in the comments, maybe we can all learn how to make the most of all LinkedIn has to offer—no matter what our current job situation is.