I read through all the web links and I’m not convinced of LinkedIn’s actual practicality. I get the impression that there’s a good reason that only 40% of users use the site daily. If being on LinkedIn got consistent results, then it seems like everyone would use it. If making a LinkedIn profile actually got people recommendations and jobs on a regular basis, then any alternative to it would be outmoded. But I feel like there’s no way that the site works for most people.
LinkedIn has become an incredibly powerful and useful resource when it comes to the job market and marketing yourself. Many employers not only look to see if their applicants have a LinkedIn, but they may even search for prospective candidates on the social media tool. Looking through all of the readings about the importance of LinkedIn and the strategies of using it was helpful because it made me look at my own profile and how improving it could be useful to me. There are certain sections of my profile I could make stronger, and even some that I didn’t necessarily think about adding.
I learned just how important LinkedIn is in Professor José's Writing in the Global Context class. Our assignment was to create an account and think about how people (future employers especially) will percieve us. Often hiring managers will immediately disreguard a candidate if they are not on this platform.
For this first article (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140327151938-19713953-7-linkedin-profil...), I found the advice really helpful. As someone who's never paid much attention to LinkedIn, I think that a lot of these basic tips provide a good sense on how useful LinkedIn is as a resource in job finding and potentially being recruited.
Even since my freshman year, people have been telling me to join LinkedIn. I kept thinking that it wasn't that important and that any form of social media can't possibly affect how you get a job. However, once I made an account earlier this year, I realized how many people are using it. Many of my friends had received a recommendation or two from past jobs and several endorsements of their skills. All the links we read about LinkedIn stressed how important each aspect of your profile is and how it can best be used to appeal to companies who might come across it.
I don't use LinkedIn as much as I should, so these tips and suggestions gave me ways to go about revising my profile. One thing that stood out to me was asking others how to describe you, since it's easier for people to talk about the successes of someone other than themselves. That is something I always overlook. Even in interviews I've been asked, "How would someone describe you?" and I choked on the answer. Asking someone else is a good place to start.
The very fact that there was so much to read and learn about LinkedIn should be a sign that it has become so important. While I had heard the name in passing, I never payed it much attention, but this year seems to be the year of becoming professional. As everyone I know is preparing to go out into the professional world, it all comes backed to LinkedIn. Marketing ourselves, building a network, helping each other find what we need, it's all there. Needless to say, having a strong and professional image on the site is important.
Linkedin is a somewhat terrifying black hole that represents our future after graduation, and by terrifying I mean TERRIFYING. The future is always unknown. We never know what to expect from it. LinkedIn presents so many wonderful tools and tricks to help further solidify your future, but that doesn't mean it's a scary and overall anxiety-inducing process. With websites like Linkedin, face-to-face conversations are becoming increasingly less popular.
I’m aware that LinkedIn is a really valuable tool for entering the job market, but up until this class I wasn’t aware of just how important it really is. A lot of the articles came back to the same few points: fill in all the fields and be active. They also stressed the importance of choosing professional photos and snappy headlines, and networking with as many people as possible. I think the latter will be the most difficult for me personally; I’m really not good at asking people for help—or recommendations. Or even for friend requests on Facebook.
A lot of the work I’ve done has been independent so far, and I think the level of responsibility I’ve been given for this internship is just a little bit frightening (but hopefully in a way that motivates me to do well.) For the first time, my work doesn’t exist in an academic vacuum; it actually has real impacts on the world. I’m going to be rewriting content for the website, and it’s not just suggestions I’m making that someone more experienced and knowledgeable can either accept or disregard—in this case, the person with experience and knowledge is me!