For my final post, I chose to create a LinkedIn account. Now, while my foray into the realm of Twitter was captivating and left me a convert, LinkedIn still has yet to grab my attention.
First of all, I really hate that I’m filling out a resume. Yes, I understand that LinkedIn is for finding professional contacts and stimulating networking, resume writing is my least-favorite form of writing and I avoid it at all costs. So my profile is still rather sparse, as I’ve been avoiding fleshing it out
My next issue: the purpose of the site. To me, it’s the job-hunting social network. And if there’s anything I dislike almost as much as resume writing, it’s, you guessed it, job hunting. Probably because, as a substitute teacher, I always seem to find myself looking for the next job to tide me over until school is back in session. It’s an exhausting process that involves a lot of small talk and more than its fair share of schmoozing.
However, I do like the job recommendation emails they send out. Had I created this account a year ago, before starting at SJSU and really starting to enjoy my work as a substitute, this would have been an invaluable resource. Many of the positions it shows are located in the greater Los Angeles area, a move which would have been welcome before. Now that I’m settled into an apartment and enjoying my seasonal teaching, however, moving is a greater issue than it was. I do, however, plan on fleshing out my profile and closely monitoring local postings as summer draws ever closer with my impending unemployment.
Overall, had I the time and inclination, I would probably use this site more. It is not a social presence that immediately draws one in, like Facebook and Twitter. It takes dedication to flesh out and navigate. However, for the desperate job seeker, constant job hopper, or one who is perpetually keeping their options open, it is a great resource.