When LinkedIn was first growing years ago, I created a quick profile and forgot about it. Then I became a pretty well known blogger, decided the profile sucked, went self-employed, and decided to delete myself. But after about 3 years of successfully avoiding this haven for humanity’s working class, I was drawn back in. Surprisingly enough, by my grandpa…I mean if an 86 year old dude can figure it out and request to connect, I had to jump back in. Darn computer-savvy grandparents. 😉
Why You May Want to be LinkedIn
For me, LinkedIn wasn’t very useful when I wasn’t motivated or growing a career. But now I am self-employed and it pays to have your name out there wherever you can. Networking is always a good idea when your livelihood depends on your reputation and ability to make others money. So I jumped in.
If you are trying to grow in the career you have or want to start looking for something different, LinkedIn may be a good place for you to at least start. It’s not a Facebook or Twitter account – so don’t share what you had for lunch or your feelings about each day. But do make sure to highlight your best job-related assets and experiences.
The Key Aspects of a LinkedIn Profile
I’ve been a LinkedIn balla’ (HAHAHA!) for less than a week, and even I have noticed there are key aspects of a good LinkedIn account:
- Either have a professional profile picture or none at all. Bad pictures or inappropriate poses make an awful first impression. I am going to get actual headshots done soon since I don’t even like my current profile picture on LinkedIn or here on BFS, though it is at least professional looking on LinkedIn.
- Treat it like a resumé. Business contacts probably don’t care about the touchy-feely stuff unless you are in a touchy-feely business. So you may not want to list your hobbies that really do not have anything to do with jobs that you may be interested in.
- Edit yourself. I suck at this. I was long-winded and will be getting a few people to look at my profile this coming weekend to help me tighten it up a little without losing the impressive stuff.
- Recommend and endorse people you trust. Some of your contacts will do the same for you and I can tell you, it is a HUGE ego boost. I felt like a dork for not even knowing that I could do that for others…
Remember, Time Flies
I think the last thing to mention is that time goes by way more quickly than it should. So make a note in your calendar to update your LinkedIn profile every 6 months at least. Who knows what could have changed? If you want it to draw it future job opportunities, you’ll have to keep your info current. I know my life seems to change completely every few years…my last LinkedIn profile was laughable and made when I had a different life.
Are you on LinkedIn? What suggestions would you add?
FYI: I worked at a dead end cubicle job from 2005-2011 for about $30,000 a year. I went self-employed in July 2011 and make between $80,000-$100,000 through blogging, a rental home, and professional pet sitting. If you’d like to start your own site (link to my free step-by-step guide), I highly suggest checking out Bluehost (my referral link with a nice discount for you). I even have all of my favorite tools on a resource page – I hope they help you too.
This all gives me the time to be with my aging family members, the flexibility to stay close with my friends and family, and it should help if we finally get pregnant too! Please contact me any time at budgetingfunstuff*at*gmail*dot*com with questions or just to brainstorm! I’d love to help!