The other day an old friend from college tried to track me down on LinkedIn. She didn’t find me (because I wasn’t there) but she found my husband. Clearly it is time for me to get Linked.
The site is kind of a staid Facebook for grownups. It seems many people use it to keep track of their associates and suss out their job-hopping intentions. While social networking sites have “friends*,” in which total strangers ask to be linked to you for no apparent reason, LinkedIn has “contacts,” in which people you actually know are linked to you for business networking purposes.
I created a somewhat skeletal account (haven’t filled in my whole resume yet) and went looking for “contacts.” So far I have two. I feel like a bit of a networking wallflower. My own husband hasn’t even accepted my request to be one of his contacts, though presumably he will when he gets around to it, unless he’s still mad about the Netflix cheating.
It’s not clear what, if any advantage I will gain from my LinkedIn presence. Anybody ever score a job/gig/valuable contact off of it?
*Note to anyone here who invited me to be “friends” and got no response: no offense. After acquiring a list of “friends” I didn’t actually know, I decided to ignore all the xanga wangdoodles because I just don’t see the point.