LinkedOut

I don’t have a LinkedIn account and maybe you shouldn’t either

Yes, I know it’s the worst mistake I could make, I’m missing out on networking opportunities, jobs that could be mine are being lost, I’m a faceless name in a stack of resumes!

But it doesn’t matter, I don’t have one. And chances are if you’re like me, you shouldn’t have one either.

It’s quite simple, really, I don’t have a LinkedIn because I don’t have the time for one. I had one for a few years, but I could never find the time to use it properly. Whenever I would log-in I would find myself beset by options and notifications and things to update. It was overwhelming. I would try to take it slowly, but I could never quite get it together. I’d start on one thing and realize oh wait there’s a thousand other things!

It just wasn’t going well.

Instead of taking it head-on and fixing my profile and updating my jobs and descriptions, I decided to opt out. I called it quits. I threw in the towel. I let the overwhelming force win.

But, not really, I simply decided not to fight the battle. I looked at the pros and cons of having a LinkedIn and they were pretty simple

Pros:

I was finding more job leads, I was able to research who hiring managers were and I was able to simply keep up with colleagues, friends and classmates.

Cons:

I had a bio I hadn’t updated in months, I had a list of jobs that was lackluster, I had a photo that was not by best and I wasn’t connecting with those actually in my field.

My LinkedIn was bad, I knew it, I knew it would be a battle to improve it, so I deleted it.

There were no hard feelings, and on further review I made the right decision. LinkedIn seems to work best when you’re a networker, somebody who meets others face-to-face and needs to keep in touch. Or if you’re someone with a mile long CV or resume. But for those of us who don’t network or don’t have a long list of jobs and accolades LinkedIn just doesn’t seem to be worth the effort.

From my perspective, and from the perspective of others, the best method of using social media is to find the one site that works for you and make it your priority. Mine is Instagram, I follow way too many people and try to post more often than not. Instagram works for me because I am a photographer, when I want to share something it’s usually going to be a picture. But if you’re a writer then Twitter might be up your alley. Or if you’re a film maker you might stick to YouTube and Vine. And if you’re none of the above there’s always good ole’ Facebook.

Now, I’m not advocating putting all of your eggs in one basket (I still have a Twitter, and a website) I’m just saying put most of your eggs in the best basket that you have. And avoid that basket that has a hole in it.

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