It is Spring Break time here in Texas and I know many of you are looking for a job (or a better one!). Therefore, I am reposting the below. (FYI, I spruced up my own LinkedIn Profile today with a new resume/vita and some other information.)
LinkedIn, Lumpy and Me
Scene: ClarinetMike is chatting with Lumpy, another private lesson teacher, between lessons outside a practice room near a band room.
Lumpy: WAIT! WHAT THE HECK IS LINKEDIN?
ClarinetMike: It is a business-oriented social networking service. [Wikipedia]
Lumpy: I don’t need more to do – I never even post on Facebook. Why should I care about LinkedIn?
ClarinetMike: Excellent question, Lumpy. LinkedIn is hot in the business world and there seems to be a lot of musicians and music organizations getting on it. The key thing about LinkedIn is that it is focused entirely on business. I’ve noticed that many music people who are not on Facebook have profiles on LinkedIn.
Lumpy: I know that Wally, the head band director here, is not on Facebook. Is he on LinkedIn?
ClarinetMike: Yes. I just connected with Wally on there yesterday.
Lumpy: He’s on there? Wow! What does LinkedIn offer? Will it help you get a new job?
ClarinetMike: Perceptive question, Lumpy! My brother-in-law, Ward, is a Human Resources director at a large company. He told me that in the business world, “if you are looking for a job, you need to have a profile on LinkedIn.”
Lumpy: So, a LinkedIn Profile is like an online resume for those looking for a job. Correct?
ClarinetMike: Yes, but there’s more. LinkedIn also has discipline-specific professional groups where people post and discuss various issues in a way similar to Facebook. However, it is all related to business – no pictures of June’s lovely new dress or Beav and Larry playing baseball, etc.
Lumpy: Sounds interesting. Tell me more….
ClarinetMike: I’m still new to it myself and learning about it. I also think that LinkedIn is evolving and changing much as Facebook did. I’ll send you a YouTube video that has more info:
Lumpy: Thanks! I’ll check LinkedIn out. I’ll also have to connect to our friend Eddie, the percussion teacher. I’m sure he’s on there!
ClarinetMike says, “Get a LinkedIn profile and connect to me HERE.”