Social Media Site Evaluations, Week #2
We have already discussed social media giants Facebook and Twitter. Third on the list of important social media sites is LinkedIn. Whether you are looking for a career change or wanting to discuss career issues with professionals, I invite you to join LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a totally different animal than Facebook or Twitter. It is a place to make professional connections and join groups within your industry. Your job is to create a profile on LinkedIn and write and upload your resume.
Creative Idea Gal’s Thoughts
I have been on LinkedIn for almost ten years, although passively. I joined before having children because it was the in thing to do at the time. Almost ten years later and it seems like this professional social media site is still going strong. Within the last year, I must have updated my resume five times, at least, to match the changes and new skill sets in my writing career. One year ago, I never would have added social media to my LinkedIn profile. Today, I am very comfortable listing myself as a blogger with above-average knowledge of social media.
The biggest issue I hear from people is that they are not looking for a job, so they don’t bother connecting on LinkedIn. What those folks fail to understand is that LinkedIn is not just a place to find a job. It is intended to help you connect with people with whom you have worked and help introduce you to other people within your industry. I recently joined the journalism group on LinkedIn and was able to get a free premium membership one year. Guess what? I used it just yesterday to send an e-mail to an unconnected source – for free! I highly recommend LinkedIn!
“I strongly suggest creating your LinkedIn profile first in a word document – not only so you can “catch” errors, but also so you can get a better idea of what your profile will look like on the LinkedIn website.” – Viveka Von Rosen, for Linked Into Business
“LinkedIn is the digital hub for your experience and network of past, present and future clients!.” – Gerry Moran, for Marketing Thing
Writing Prompt 042
- Step 1: If you have a LinkedIn profile, think about how you use LinkedIn. If you do not have a LinkedIn profile, do some basic research.
- Step 2: Review your resume. Edit it or rewrite as needed.
- Step 3: Upload your updated resume to LinkedIn.com, making sure to fill out all the fields completely.
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About the Author
Amanda M. Socci, J.D., is a freelance writer with 14 years of experience writing professionally. Socci currently cuts her blogging chops on her personal portfolio blog, the Creative Idea Gal blog, and on an online news site, Mount Vernon Patch. Inspired by Nina Amir’s Write Nonfiction in November writing challenge, she created a unique 10-month training program for Writenonfictionnow.com and Writenonfictioninnovember.com blog visitors.
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