What I like about LinkedIn is that it’s a pretty honest platform, people are there to network, talk about shared interests, find or advertise jobs, no hidden intentions. After Karen Strunks preached about LinkedIn’s (see video) benefits I took on the challenge and returned to this platform determined to make the best of it. All the fuss can’t be about nothing.
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I don’t think LinkedIn ever left me, there were always those spammy emails telling me that I’m now connected to different people. Sort that out from Setting -> Email preferences -> Set the frequency of emails
So I went back to LinkedIn and here are my first impressions:
- roughly the same clunky design
- 99 messages in the inbox
- 75 invites and a lot of them were from people I know
- homepage news section is worth a look
- mind your profile pic, it’s very important
- People you may know works great if you sort by school / work place
- Jobs and groups you might be interested in is spot on. I’m looking for social media positions in London and this is what I got.
Profile stats and being able to see who viewed your profile can be used as a good evaluation tool.
My profile might have been abandoned but I still had profile views. So while I’m working to build a professional online profile people still see a very dusty version of my profile. An embarrassing mistake not to be done again.
- clean up my profile
- update my profile pic across all my profiles; I don’t have long hair any more, nor am I 19
- fill in my skills – very useful reflective exercise
- expand my network with London connections
- get recommendations
- use status updates
- set up job alert
- try out apps