I have recently discovered Linkedin……I know, I know ‘where have you been?’ I hear you ask. Like many thirty somethings (although I may be generalising somewhat) social media happened and we have had to discover ‘what’s in it for us?’. The teenies practically popped out as babies with phones and tech clamped onto their ears like some kind of comms equivalent of an umbilical cord, yet we weren’t allowed it until we were at least past puberty – calls were expensive and Sonic the Hedgehog was far more interesting than a great big black brick.
I am not a complete dinosaur, I just find better things to do with my time than updating my flipping status every five minutes (like writing this blog for instance). I dont get twitter. In my last ‘dip’ into it I stumbled upon Victoria Beckham’s profile and a very cute picture of a puppy with a Christmas jumper on it and I had a chuckle at someone else’s observation of overhearing a Dad say ‘she’s a shepherd for fuck’s sake, and do you know who got Mary?’. Other than that its not quite my cup of tea – maybe I am just jealous that people have time to spare to do it in the first place.
But Linked In on the other hand is quite addictive. First it gives you professional itchy feet. Looking at all the job adverts, jobs recommended by other people, Linked in business profiles, advice on who to connect with to get your foot in the door, I concluded that there is no excuse not to get a job these days. It seems to be easier than ever to search for the job that best matches your expertise and get in contact with people that in the past would have taken exclusive contacts to get to know. On the other hand competition for the best jobs must have increased significantly but this can only be a good thing for companies and candidates. They get to select the best candidate and the candidate gets the kudos for securing the position despite the numbers of applications. It is pointless for me to pursue ambition at the moment as that would come at the cost of precious time with my children and I am not willing to give that up just yet. For the time being though I will use LI like a shop window – its also rather useful in my current job too.
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