My LinkedIn Questions Answered By Professionals

Posted: March 16, 2011 in Week #8

As a recent member of LinkedIn with a plethora of questions, I took to the “Answers” section to seek advice and gain wisdom from working professionals. After my first week on LinkedIn, my main concern was how to make the most out of my limited work experience, seek out professionals in fields that interest me, and whether it is even worth the upkeep for full-time students like me. Within a matter of hours, I received many answers worth sharing with my fellow classmates.

Question #1:

With my career on hold as I finish my last two years of undergraduate work, how much focus should I put with upkeep, connections, and recommendations with my LinkedIn profile?

Answers:

Keep your network alive and up to date. Also, before you all go your separate ways, consider connecting with your academic colleagues while you have the chance, and solicit recommendations from professors or employers that might give you temp assignments.” —Judy B. Margolis, MA (Business WRITER | Editor | Blogger/News Junkie)

“I would urge you to keep your network active as much as you can. There is a saying, that one should build a network before it’s needed. That’s what keeping up with your LinkedIn profile will accomplish.” —Ed Han (Wordsmith)

“Many times, it’s who you know along with how much you know.You never know, a connection may be the key to your next job…” —Dave Maskin “The Wire Man” (Trade Show Booth Traffic Builder, Event Entertainer & Party Favor Provider)

Question #2:

How can I make a powerful and attractive summary with a work history that has sharply contrasting fields of expertise?

Answers:

Hello, William. Is there the possibility of a common thread throughout (e.g., creative endeavors)? If so, perhaps you can tie them together in this way, and even consider how the next thing built on the previous one(s). But if this won’t work, there’s really nothing wrong with changing fields. I would just be ready to talk about the switch and how you can apply things you learned in each to the next challenge. Taylor Winship (Senior Project Manager)

I would suggest building your summary so that it looks towards what kind of role you wish to pursue once your education is done. As it isn’t clear to me what that is, I cannot advise you with any specific suggestions, but in essence, you want your summary to read like someone who will fit right into that role.—Ed Ham (Wordsmith)

Question #3:

When browsing profiles or seeking specific people on LinkedIn, what are the primary pieces of information that you focus on and why?

Answers:

“Number of connections, shared connections, their current and past jobs, recommendations and education.” —Judy B. Margolis, MA (Business WRITER | Editor | Blogger/News Junkie)

“I am generally interested in their Summary, last few positions, groups (esp any in common), and potentially their links and applications.” —Ed Ham (Wordsmith)

“I’m usually looking for people that I’ve come across before so the key pieces are the photograph (oh, yes I remember them!) and their history, usually jobs (oh, that’s where I know them from).” —John Bryden (Specialist)

“I use xray searches to find people related to my business, it is simple and fast to get to the information I need.” —Tim Tymchyshyn (Wireless Network Builder)

As you can see from the last answer, not everyone will take you seriously, however, it was refreshing to have someone use a dry sense of humor to answer my question. It provided a much needed chuckle in an arena of seriousness.

I look forward to implementing this advice into my LinkedIn journey.  I’m learning that it’s OK not to have a shiny gold résumé, because I can make my skill set shine just the same. I am more than happy to accept your connection requests and return the favor of answering any questions I can. Please check back with me and my blog, as I will be updating this post with answers as they come in.

To make a connection with me on LinkedIn, please click here:

http://www.linkedin.com/in/williamriverasf

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Comments
  1. Great questions Billy – the answers you received are really helpful. Others in our class should read this.

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