After some consternation about maintaining another profile, I took the advice of the ALA Think Tank librarians and decided to make a LinkedIn page. There is some debate that LinkedIn might be better suited to other professions. Many people felt that LinkedIn was helpful but they couldn't explain exactly how. I am going to keep track of changes in my employment status or lack there of, and see if I can learn all of LinkedIn's features. Hopefully I will be able to trace LinkedIn's influence on my career.
Currently, I've submitted 20 job applications and I am working on another one. I have have received 1 no, and 1 maybe that did not result in interviews. I have had 2 interviews that resulted in 1 maybe and 1 second interview. I have been out of work since November the 16th and it is now January 3rd. As a self-proclaimed busy body this process seems slow.
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A benefit to LinkedIn is that it keeps track of information that you do not know when you might need but when you do need those statistics, the facts are presented nicely. I have had several job applications ask about volunteer experience. I do not keep track of the work I do because I could never think of a good way to organize it. LinkedIn will organize it for you. If I had started using LinkedIn as a new librarian I would have a hearty listing by now. I hate to think of all the things I have forgotten just because I didn't write them down.
I do find it bothersome that LinkedIn continually asks me where I am currently working. I think I have clearly listed that my last job ended. One question even asks why you are creating the profile and an option is 'seeking employment.' Those facts combined make it fairly clear that I presently have no job.
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get desks and chairs.
And because it wouldn't be a blog without a tangent, I love this picture I found looking for content commons clipart. The image shows this fellow using social media but my first impression was 'surely this man is on Amazon buying a chair', I mean its cold on the floor and after a while his back would hurt.