Recently I started up my LinkedIn. I know, I know, it sure took me a while! But after having a Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Tumblr… You get it. There’s a lot of social media to keep up on, so why do the uber corporate thing and get a LinkedIn? I’m a writer! I don’t need LinkedIn! Right??
Well, not really. Now that I’m on LinkedIn, I’m starting to understand it’s probably the most important social media site to someone’s actual life. LinkedIn allows you to actually find your connections in the workforce, no matter what field you’re in by allowing you to get “introduced” through mutual friends, colleagues or business partners. It let’s you know who within your network you could possibly do business with or collaborate with on something by focusing on their entire work history and resume. LinkedIn is about money, success, expanding your already successful business or growing a new one; not gossip and popularity.
So while other social media sites act as a source for stalking, entertainment or just feeding an ego, LinkedIn can actually help you get a job. It can help you at your current position. Rather than “liking” a photo of someone’s brunch, people endorse each other’s skills and recommend each other for positions or contracts. These are the important things as you get older and want to secure your standing in the world and want to play an active role in the workforce even if it’s creative.
So if you’re an adult and you’re not on LinkedIn, go get on it, and while yo’re there, shoot me an invite to connect, since that’s what it’s all about anyway. After all, books don’t publish themselves.