The 3 rules of LinkedIn

Posted by | January 21, 2014 | Academia / Research, Industry

LinkedIn_coffeeNowadays, internet is the ideal place to look for employment, post a job or make new professional connections. This is why LinkedIn has seen so much popularity the last few years. If you haven’t set up already an account with LinkedIn, I would suggest you better hurry.

It is compulsory now for employees of most multinational companies to have a LinkedIn profile, as it is considered the ideal way to keep in touch with personnel of other organisations and at the same time it increases company’s credibility. However, using this social network efficiently can be tricky and if your profile is not top notch then that could work negatively if your career transition!

The 3 rules of LinkedIn

  •  Always remember that LinkedIn is not Facebook. That means you wouldn’t want to add all your Facebook friends in LinkedIn as this will be completely against the whole purpose of professional networking. Many connections don’t necessary mean you are cool!!! Be selective and try to build up connections with professionals that you are interested in their specialty. Perhaps, one day this connection will be able to find you a job in the field you are looking for.
  •  Don’t be lazy to update your profile and add as much information as you can. People who are visiting your profile would be able to get a first impression about you. Make sure that’s a good one. There are people who search professionals in LinkedIn as a full time job, in order to find the best ‘talent’ for their company. In the world of industry these people are called either ‘Search Consultants’ or ‘Research Associates’.
  • Read the profiles in depth. The most important function of LinkedIn, at least for me, is the ability to look up previous employment history of people who have actually climbed the career ladder. With that information you get an idea about which companies hire less experienced employees and which not. You can also see the education background and compare it with yours. Do not get discouraged if you see people at your age with ‘less’ or ‘much less’ education qualifications and they are senior managers, directors or other prestigious posts. It’s just the world we live in!

If you are a researcher and if you are working at the University, LinkedIn could still be a precious profile maker to have in mind but I believe you will find more interesting the social networking service for scientists ResearchGate which was launched in 2008.

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