My husband has been bugging me for weeks to make myself a LinkedIn profile, and I’ve been dragging my feet.
When I was teaching, I never had a LinkedIn profile. I had no trouble getting teaching jobs through my network in Rhode Island, and I didn’t know any other teachers on LinkedIn. Now that I’m a freelance writer, I can see why it would be prudent for me to have a presence on LinkedIn, but still, I haven’t gotten around to it.
LinkedIn intimidates me.
As my husband says, it’s ground zero for Type A people. “But, I’m Type A,” I told him. “You’d think I’d be all over LinkedIn.”
“You’re not really Type A,” he said, then went on to explain how in his mind, Type A people tend to be so competitive that they exaggerate or even lie to make themselves look better.
“You prefer to be honest,” he said.
It’s true. I mean, the name of my blog is “One Trailing Spouse.” I like to tell it like it is. I don’t go around exaggerating my teaching or writing credentials and I don’t pretend that my life is all sunshine and roses. But to me, LinkedIn feels like the kind of place where you’re better off not being totally honest. You’ve got to show your best side, and your best side only. And for some reason, that’s really hard for me.
I think it’s also hard because I have a sneaking suspicion that many of the people who will be looking at my LinkedIn profile will not be prospective employers. My guess is that it will be acquaintances who want to see what I’m up to professionally. And if these happen to be Type A acquaintances, then they will probably be quick to compare and quick to judge. I just don’t want to play that game.
So, if you’re already on LinkedIn, I’d love your advice. How do you use LinkedIn? Do you think it’s a useful professional tool? Are there any groups you recommend?
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