Missing Links

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. 

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3 thoughts on “Missing Links

  1. cybrariansam

    I find my linked in resume is the only resume I do get some personal satisfaction, perhaps enjoyment from filling out. I like how the resume is stored in the cloud and easily accessible upon login, so I am not digging through email archives, or files of documents looking for my last resume document once I need to update.

    I think the virtual resume is so important I am even having my daughter work on her linked in resume and she isn’t even old enough to legally hold a job, but I have been able to emphasize the importance to her of making note on it when she is on the honor roll, or when she has a role in a play, or completes a volunteer activity. The LinkedIn resume seems to make it simple to collect all of the various experiences we have in life that highlight achievements we take pride in.

    I also love the ease of sharing the resume, by being able to hyperlink it to others, and most recently I noticed the option to print the entire profile to pdf format which gives us instant pdf document to send to anyone interested in it.

    Take it one bit at a time. MY profile laid bare for long periods of time, and then I would remember old awards, presentations, certifications to showcase and add those in. Sometimes when we are immediately tasked with producing an updated resume we forget so many of our old achievements, and I found that if I left the profile alone for awhile and had no pressure to produce it to anyone, little by little over time I would remember achievements/experiences that were appropriate to add to the profile.

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  2. kallierees

    Also, LinkedIn has some need forums and discussions. I joined the ALA group and a couple of other professional organizations and find that there are often interesting conversations going on. But you’re right, it does take time to stay on top of it all.
    I don’t like doing resumes because my first career is so different from my new library career, plus I haven’t worked in {gulp} seven years except for a part time job as a recreation specialist for a local swim team and volunteering.

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  3. Christy Confetti Higgins

    Hi Rebecca – you can also think of LinkedIn as an online professional network. You can connect with colleagues in so many capacities and keep in contact with them. No more business cards 😉

    You can also connect with vendors that you work with professionally or academically to stay in touch. It’s a great way to keep those professional connects going and in one place.

    There are also groups for networking as well and for learning from. Connecting with leaders in your line of work, connecting with professionals you meet at conferences or in meetings, etc. can be a really great way to keep a strong professional network and learn from that network.

    Christy

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