It is Spring Break time here in Texas and I know many of you are looking for a job (or a better one!). Some of you are soon to be spending lots of quality time at the TMEA Job Vacancy Search page – click here. Therefore, I am reposting the below.
“LinkedIn, Lumpy and Me” by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike”
Scene: ClarinetMike is chatting with Lumpy, an assistant band director, between lessons outside a practice room in a large band hall.
ClarinetMike: I recently set up my own LinkedIn page, why don’t you connect to me?
Lumpy: WAIT! WHAT THE HECK IS LINKEDIN?
ClarinetMike: It is a business-oriented social networking service. [See Wikipedia on it.]
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 on it. The key thing about LinkedIn is that it is focused entirely on job-related stuff. 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 me get a better 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, correct. And, 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 recent YouTube video that has information on setting up a profile.
Lumpy: Thanks! I’ll check out LinkedIn. I’ll also have to connect to our friend Eddie, the horn teacher. I’m sure he’s on there!
ClarinetMike says, “Get a LinkedIn profile and connect to me HERE.”