LinkedIn reached a tipping point for me this weekend, I got fed up of just accepting invites and decided to see if I could use it to deliver some real advantage. This meant I had to get serious about using it:
- Creating a proper profile with a comprehensive career history, I really like the way LinkedIn uses the career history for introductions and recommendations
- Adding my contacts and establishing a routine for adding new contacts as I make them
- Figuring out how to use LinkedIn to model the cross company working groups I am a member of so the members actually know about each other and can keep track of our changing roles over time
- Making some recommendations for the people who have impressed me most throughout my career
At this point I only have about 30% of my contacts in the system, so I’m not at critical mass but already I can see the value of it, and I like the fact that I can synch it with Plaxo to keep my contact database up to date. I’m looking forward to getting some recommendations myself and to start using the Answers functionality and making contact with some of my old colleagues.
Here’s my profile —> http://www.linkedin.com/in/steverichards