There’s a veritable hidden treasure trove of functionality that is tucked away on LinkedIn behind a rather innocuous looking arrow head. You may have missed it on your way round LinkedIn, perhaps ignored it as irrelevant or stumbled across it by accident without necessarily taking too much notice of what it contained there.
Of course you may already be an avid user of what’s contained there … though I hope you will still find elements here of interest.
The “arrow head” in question sits on everyone’s Personal Profile page next to the main button (Connect / Send a message / Send Inmail) in the top part of the profile. What it contains will vary, depending on the relationship that you have with that person – so what you see there for your 1st level connections differs from that of your 2nd and 3rd, and certainly from those further removed. You have one on your profile visible just to you as well!
The one below, for instance, is what you will see if you are already to connected to the person.
I thought that I’d try to make this quite functional but “skimmable” (or even “dip in-able” if you prefer) so I’ve created a little outline of what they do and what they might offer you. (more…)
I talk to a lot of people about LinkedIn – it’s what I do – and coming hot on the heels of LinkedIn being one big recruitment fest, the next most frequent comparison I hear is that LinkedIn is “Facebook for Professionals”. While that description might tap into the interactive aspect of the site, it’s still wide of the mark to my mind and not how I recommend that we think of it.
The issue for me is that people behave differently when they get behind a keyboard … particularly on Social Media. They’ll say things they would never dream of saying face to face. I can think of a few high profile tweeters who have fallen foul of the “Type & Hit Send” mentality and then regretted it.
Equally, the random sharing of information such as your breakfast habits or the fact that you are currently seated in Starbucks and “the Mango Mocha Choca is to die for” is something that should remain the reserve of the Twitter and Facebooks of this world and not something that I’d recommend subjecting new professional acquaintances or business contacts to on LinkedIn. (more…)
If that sounds like an introduction you might make at a “self help” group then maybe that’s not that far off the mark. Certainly, on occasions, I almost feel like I should be apologising for the fact I use LinkedIn in a variety of other ways. A situation not helped by people I meet who aren’t on LinkedIn and who tend to come out with the same reason – “well, why should I join, I’m not looking for a job”.
What does LinkedIn say, then?
Now, I lay much of the blame for this fairly and squarely at LinkedIn’s door – they make a lot of their money from their ‘hiring solutions’ so it’s understandable that they don’t (more…)