Quality Progress - January 2015 - 50

CAREER CORNER BY JOSEPH D. CONKLIN Leverage LinkedIn Your guide to making the most of the social network IN MY JANUARY 2014 Career Corner in whatever field you're in. The service is connect to potential employers for intern- column, I mentioned my challenges in constantly changing, so even experienced ships or first jobs. keeping up with digital matters. I started LinkedIn users must keep up with the latest noticing email messages from LinkedIn features. 1 about requests to connect and endorse. After setting up a basic profile and scanning the LinkedIn website, I discovered a digital New graduates should set up a LinkedIn profile as soon as possible. JC: How do newcomers learn to use Remember, LinkedIn is all about business: Keep your profile professional, and add LinkedIn? MM: LinkedIn provides specific a professional-quality photo to round out wilderness that is easy to get lost in. It was information about how to use the site in the content. Selectively reaching out to time to find an experienced tour guide. the Help section. After you've reviewed alumni in your field of interest is a great those tips, take the plunge and create your way to start building a network. Consider profile. It's an easy process. adding references and recommendations Fortunately, I had worked with career coach Marie McIntyre to update my résumé and career goals. She worked in management and HR for two decades before starting her coaching business. Along JC: What are the major uses of LinkedIn besides looking for jobs? MM: You can connect with profes- from professors or internships. JC: What tips do you have for more experienced professionals? the way, she wrote Secrets to Winning at sional peers, check out other organiza- MM: Set up a LinkedIn profile or Office Politics.2 tions to see what they are doing, learn update your existing one to be a natural about colleagues in your own organization companion to your résumé. Have a profes- reasonable that her knowledge of if they are connected through LinkedIn, sional, updated photo, and summarize LinkedIn was much deeper than mine. and encourage recruiters to contact you your background at the top of your I decided to try her out as a tour guide. even if you're not actively looking for a profile. List specific jobs and accomplish- Talking to her unearthed several useful new job. ments you wish to highlight. As a general With those qualifications, it seemed nuggets worth sharing. JC: How should newcomers to LinkedIn think about it? MM: Working knowledge of LinkedIn is a LinkedIn is a great way to network. It rule, the most recent 10 to 15 years are is more convenient than rubbing elbows what you should emphasize-no need to at business or association meetings, and go back to the very beginning. with all the information available, you can must for professional job seekers nowa- target your contacts much more precisely. days. It is the primary means of reaching LinkedIn also is a great way to let others out and connecting with other professionals know more about your qualifications and accomplishments. JC: What tips do JC: How do recommendations and endorsements work? MM: The goal with both is to get other people to vouch for your strengths, accomplishments and qualifications. Recommendations are written comments you have for new from people who have worked with you. college graduates? Endorsement requests are automatically MM: LinkedIn can sent by LinkedIn to your contacts based be useful for high on key words in your profile. Those that school and college are approved will show up in the "Skills students, as well as for & Endorsements" section of your profile new graduates. High page. school students can Accumulating a reasonable number connect with colleges increases the appeal of your profile. and college students When asking for recommendations, select near graduation can 50 QP * www.qualityprogress.com of recommendations and endorsements that interest them, supervisors and colleagues whose title, http://www.qualityprogress.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Quality Progress - January 2015

Up Front
LogOn
Expert Answers
Keeping Current
Mr. Pareto Head
Total Quality’s Leader
Narrow(er) Focus
Dissecting the Differences
Separate Steps
Innovation Imperative
Measure for Measure
Quality in the First Person
Career Corner
Statistics Roundtable
Standards Outlook
QP Toolbox
QP Reviews
One Good Idea
Back to Basics

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