Today I logged on to my LinkedIn profile for the first time in maybe, like, a year? I updated the profile picture and my bio, but the whole time I just kept thinking about how bizarre and strange that site is to me. I guess I just find it odd that there’s this website where employers go to double-check the skills on your resume and your competency at the internet. On LinkedIn everyone’s trying to be their most professional selves, so it’s basically like the Instagram of the business world, right? Except with less pictures and more people writing about how amazing they are at Photoshop.
I’ve never really been on-board with LinkedIn, and if I’m being totally honest, I’m not sure I ever will. I suppose it can be a great tool for networking, although I’m still terrible at talking to people, with or without a website to hide behind. As the self-induced pressure to find a job in 2017 looms ever nearer, I wonder if I should swallow my “pride” and try to actually make use out of LinkedIn? On the one hand, it might be a helpful tool for me to collaborate with people, and on the other hand I already have so many other social websites to look after.
In conclusion, although I still find LinkedIn very clinical and off-putting in every aspect, maybe there are some merits from using it like a tool to grow your network of connections. I may not use it that way anytime soon, but it is definitely something I will consider doing when I start my job search.
In other news, having just surpassed 40,000 words in my novel for NaNoWriMo, I’m finally beginning to see the finish line! Whether or not I’m able to wrap up the story by 50,000 words is another issue, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it, now won’t we? See you tomorrow!