My job practically depends on tools like LinkedIn and I still find it a hassle sometimes. It is passive and sometimes doesn’t seem so worthwhile, especially when there are so many things at work that need immediate attention.
It can also be tough and uncomfortable to “put your business out there,” so to speak. But like it or not, your business is out there, so you should probably be the one putting it out there.
LinkedIn can contribute to information overload, but you can learn how to utilize this resource efficiently until social media become more streamlined.
Obviously, it is helpful for professionals making a career change. When looking for qualified candidates to fill positions, us recruiter-types run LinkedIn searches like it’s our job.
One of the first things we tell people looking for job change is to get on LinkedIn. It’s an easy way to see all of a candidate’s experience and if they have been recommended by previous employers or coworkers. It can also give job seekers an edge if potential employers/recruiters notice a shared a connection. It’s playing the name game without actually having to play the name game.
LinkedIn can also be helpful for more established professionals with no desire to make career moves. It’s a great way to network with alumni. (Or just debate your team’s new uniforms. Maryland flag helmets? ) The groups on LinkedIn are a really great way to do this. There are groups for different law practices that can be used as a forum to exchange information.
There is also an “Answers” function where you can ask questions on a range of topics and receive answers from industry experts. (Think Cha Cha except with more useful information).
The message you might send if you choose not to use LinkedIn is another reason to join. You don’t want to appear out of touch or appear as though you don’t care about networking. Even if you don’t have a need for networking right now, you never know what situation might arise in the future or how you might be cutting yourself off if you’re not accessible.
Check out this article for some more reasons to get LinkedIn.