I had heard about LinkedIn before but didn’t know much about it. I vaguely understood it was some type of networking tool. And because I’ve been out of the workforce for many years, raising my 3 kids, I felt it really didn’t apply to me. Fortunately, for this class, I learned what a great social tool LinkedIn can be: It’s the largest professional network with 200 million members in over 200 countries and territories around the globe. LinkedIn’s mission is simple: connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful. When you join LinkedIn, you get access to people, jobs, news, updates, and insights that help you be great at what you do. Now that I’m ready to re-enter the library field, I can see how much LinkedIn can help me out. But I have some reservations of when I should jump in.
LinkedIn is very easy to use and search. I had fun searching for my brother and sister and reading their profiles! I did think it was really helpful when our professors showed us how you can use your LinkedIn contacts to help you put your resume in the hands of the employer you desire. One connection leads to another and another and soon you reach the person who does the hiring for the job you want. They also emphasized that you need to give recommendations if you expect people to do the same for you. It’s definitely an “I’ll-help-you if-you-help-me kind of environment.”
As I mentioned, I am hesitant to officially join LinkedIn because my work experience is quite ancient as I’ve been out of the workforce for so long. Unfortunately, raising 3 children, volunteering at their schools, and being a girl scout leader isn’t the type of job experience that translates well to a LinkedIn profile. 🙂
So here is my question to all of you — I would love to make contacts on LinkedIn but is it for someone like me? All my library experience is over 20 years old (pre-kids), except for the volunteer work I’ve done in my children’s elementary school library. I have my MLS that I earned in 1995. I’m currently earning the post-master’s certificate program so I can update my MLS skills. Do people like me use LinkedIn??
My cautious belief is that I need to gain more recent library experience before I can join LinkedIn. Otherwise, I will not be able to reap many of its rewards and may in fact hurt my reputation. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.