Here’s a thought.

I’ve been recently been introduced to LinkedIn by a colleague at work, and in true geek fashion have been playing with the profile, making invitations etc.  I think I get the idea that LinkedIn is a cross between your CV and Facebook, and that adding to your count of “connections” and spreading your network you are able to find work easier when you need to.  You are also more visible and ‘out there’.  Altough it’s easy to think of this as Facebook for your CV, internet historians will be quick to point out that it more accurate to say that Facebook is like LinkedIn, but for your personal life.

LinkedIn, CV & Facebook

When adding connections, LinkedIn advices that you refrain from adding someone you who doesn’t  know you well.  This is not, after all, Facebook.  It’s your CV.  The issue therefore which is rattling around my mind, is who to invite.  Close family – check, techy friends – check, past employers – check, current line-manager – hmm.

The links to past employers and line managers I get.  You’d probably have them as references on your CV anyway.  But current line managers?  I suppose at the end of the day it depends on how LinkedIn is seen by those who use it.  Does it seem like I am looking for a way off the sinking ship, preparing a safety net for the future, or that I am unhappy employee in need of a cold shoulder.

A great article from Inc.com points a much more proactive way of using LinkedIn. That it journals continualy your working life.  It encourages the habit of giving recommendations as you make contacts, and as  situtation arise.  This will also have a postive knock-effect in day-to-day life; that we are in the habit of giving postive feedback on a daily basis.  You will become known as the postive guy/gal.  This article also puts a positive spin on things Why I cheer when my employees leave, about creating a supportive environment for employees.

With this in mind, if you invite you line manager to view LinkedIn profile, he will find a well motivated, positive and supportive employee.  You won’t have to claim this for yourself in the summary, it will be self-evident.

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