Due to past classes using LinkedIn profiles as assignments or projects, I am pretty involved in the LinkedIn community. As I have advanced in my work experience I have used LinkedIn more. I enjoy making connections with professionals and seeing what careers my friends from high school are perusing. I believe that LinkedIn provides a supportive environment for students like me that are new to the professional world.

Reading these articles furthered my knowledge about the LinkedIn world and how to present myself in my online resume. I never post on LinkedIn, and I was surprised to find statistics about how much I should post and the best time of day to post in order to reach my audience. I was very surprised to learn how large of an online presence LinkedIn has, especially in the professional social media genre. One of the articles said that 94% of recruiters use social media when hiring, which surprised me a little. I knew that hiring managers routinely checked social media, but that is a larger number than expected. It really made me think of what recruiters could find on any of my social media sites, not just LinkedIn.

After reading these articles I definitely want to update my profile. I liked the idea of treating my LinkedIn as an online ad for myself. It had been about a month since I had visited the LinkedIn website and I was surprised to see how much it had changed. For example, I didn't know that there was an option for a background photo. Adding one could greatly increase my views. I would also want to use more key words in my profile to make me more "searchable". As of right now, my profile is complete but still pretty basic. While these articles gave me ideas to work on, it also reinforced what I'm already doing. For example, the fact that I have a profile picture, listed skills, and interests on my profile. Overall, I found each of these articles incredibly helpful and interesting. These tips will only help me look like a better candidate to future employers.