Quality Progress - January 2015 - 50
BY JOSEPH D. CONKLIN
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
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
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
the way, she wrote Secrets to Winning at
sional peers, check out other organiza-
MM: Set up a LinkedIn profile or
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
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
JC: What tips do
JC: How do recommendations and
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.
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
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
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of recommendations and endorsements
that interest them,
supervisors and colleagues whose title,
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Quality Progress - January 2015
Mr. Pareto Head
Total Quality’s Leader
Dissecting the Differences
Measure for Measure
Quality in the First Person
One Good Idea
Back to Basics
Quality Progress - January 2015