Ruminations about Linkedin. As a professional dealing with people in the government and in other industries, I am on Linkedin often. I try to grow my network, keep in touch with my connections, and look at what has been posted by other professionals. I am, by no means, an expert as my less than 300 connections will tell you, but there are some things that I just don’t understand. In no particular order:
- If you don’t want your picture on the site, I can understand. This is the internet and available to anyone searching the web. However, I do use the pictures to place a face to a name.
- Conversely, since this is the internet and, supposedly, used in a professional capacity, are pictures of yourself hunting, fishing, or wearing funny costumes how you want to present yourself? If so, then that is fine. Maybe it will work for you.
- In a similar vein, should you have family members, particularly your children’s picture on your page? Pets are OK but then again I like animals.
- Do you have a purpose to your page? If so, let people know. Your profession or the professional skills you have should be easily discovered by people who visit you?
- Finally, keep it up to date. If you change jobs, positions, or companies, make sure it is reflected on your page.