I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I would like to learn how to use LinkedIn to build my professional network online. I’ve now read a few articles on the merits of LinkedIn and had a number of discussions with friends regarding “whether it’s appropriate to add so-and-so as a connection“. It’s a good start, but I still have a way to go.
The next step for me will be to increase the number of professional connections that I have.
Adding someone as a LinkedIn connection can be intimidating, but I can assure you that the individual on the other end won’t sit and endlessly judge you. They’re more likely to just click “accept” and forget about it. So don’t be afraid to reconnect with people from your previous jobs, internships, and university!
So this week I’m challenging myself to add a few more connections to my LinkedIn profile… and we’ll see where that takes me.
As for learning more about LinkedIn, I’ve found the following links pretty helpful:
Firstly, the LinkedIn help center is a pretty great starting point. Try searching “getting started”, ” networking”, or “discussions” for advice on how to set your account up and get started.
ResumeBear posted some good thoughts on making use of your LinkedIn account and insight on how recruiters view active profiles.
Stepcase LifeHack has a number of articles on the value of using LinkedIn in your job search.