Posts Tagged ‘career development’

LinkedIn

I’ve been aware of LinkedIn for a little while now, but have never really thought of creating an account for myself on there until now. It seems to me to be the perfect solution for those of us who want to perserve the distinction between work and private personas, but would still like to take advantage of what social networking can offer in terms of career development: keep Facebook for socialising and use LinkedIn for work relationships.

I haven’t created an account yet, partly because I can’t face creating yet another personal account, partly because it’s Friday afternoon and I’m feeling lethargic, and partly because I’m not entirely sure that an account has a huge amount to offer me right now, but may well do in the future. Perhaps I’ll wait until I’m qualified and feel like a ‘proper professional’ (!) before registering.

Having spent some time nosing around other people’s accounts I can see that it’s great for keeping in touch with other Information Professionals, people you’ve worked with, people you hope to work with, making contacts in other (related or unrelated) professions, and generally keeping up with what’s going on in the industry. Overall it seems like a sensible use for the Facebook format.

I’m currently unaware of any downsides to an account on LinkedIn, aside from the obvious having an extra account to keep up to date, but this is mainly because I don’t actually use it yet. I’ll be very interested to read the posts by current users of the service to get a better idea of the pros and cons of it as a network.

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