Over the past week, I’ve talked to three acquaintances who are actively on the hunt for a job. They all have resumes (whether they’re professionally done, and of sufficient quality, is debatable). But when I mentioned LinkedIn, much to my dismay, their responses were dismissive.
“Oh, isn’t that like Facebook? I already have Facebook. I don’t need more pictures of people’s dinners.” “I’ll just see what happens after I send my resume to a few places.” “I’ll get around to that one of these days. I promise!”
Now, if you’re on a hunt, wouldn’t you want to use every dog you can get your hands on?
Then there are the folks I know that are already on LinkedIn. They have their name, their current position, and no photo. Oh, and they have exactly one connection: me.
There are a lot of very good reasons to invest a little time on LinkedIn. Here are just 10 of them. Trust me, there are many more. This is just for starters:
If you are still dubious about the benefits of LinkedIn, I have one question for you. What do 200 million professionals know that you don’t?
If you are a LinkedIn aficionado, what are your favorite reasons for being on LinkedIn? Next time you are logged on, remember to connect with me! And, if you need help with your LinkedIn profile, you might want to check out my services for writing or for a tutorial by the hour.
Kristin S. Johnson
CARW, CCMC, CJSS, COPNS, CG3C, 360Reach Analyst
Profession Direction, LLC