I’ve attempted to make a LinkedIn account once before a couple of years ago, but it seemed complicated, and not really applicable to my (up until that point) strictly service industry career. However, post graduation, occupying a world where having LinkedIn seems as necessary as having an email address, I gave it another shot.
It was simple enough to start up an account with basic information, and LinkedIn offered me the chance to download the app to my devices and sync my email contacts, ensuring optimum connectivity with your profile. Unfortunately my email address is fairly new, and I don’t save that many contacts, so I didn’t have anything to sync. Instead, after I’d created my profile I had to use the search function to individually find people, which was easy enough, so there are ways round it if your email address isn’t any use.
After this set up, it prompted me through creating my profile content, using blue prompt boxes at the top of the page with questions, which was simple and I liked. I followed the boxes all the way from ‘beginner’ to ‘expert’ level (indicated in a bar at the side of the screen) and ended up with an almost complete profile at the end of it, and if I wanted to add more I could click ‘continue editing’ to be given more boxes to fill in.
The biggest issue I hit was needing a profile picture – you need something like a professional headshot, and while I’ve got selfies aplenty, I didn’t have anything appropriate. For the moment I’ve gone with my graduation picture, but getting something more appropriate just made my to do list.
Some of the categories didn’t quite apply to me, because of my media background and the flexibility of some of my positions, and I found the some of the sections weren’t hugely clear on what they meant; in particular I struggled with ‘What organisations do you support?’ as I wasn’t sure whether it was career, political or charitable affiliations they wanted, but overall LinkedIn was easy enough to use, and at the end of the set up process I had a complete profile which showcased all of my work history, although the strict chronological layout wouldn’t be my first choice in some cases.