Spring is here and I know many of you are considering looking for a new job. Some of you are soon to be spending lots of quality time at the TMEA Job Vacancy Search page! Therefore, I am reposting the below. FYI, I’ve recently spruced up my own LinkedIn Profile with an updated bio, resume/vita, performing and master class videos, etc. Check it out and please join me on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/clarinetmike/.
“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 in Mayfield.
ClarinetMike: I recently set up my own LinkedIn page, why don’t you connect to me?
Lumpy: Uh, I’ve heard about LinkedIn somewhere. What is it?
ClarinetMike: It is a business-oriented social media site.
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 a big deal in the business world and there seems to be a growing number 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 LinkedIn 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, is a LinkedIn Profile like an online resume?
ClarinetMike: Yes. If you are applying for a job, it’s a much better professional gateway than Facebook for a Head Band Director, Director of Fine Arts, School Administrator, etc. to look at. Remember, LinkedIn is all related to business – no pictures of June’s lovely new dress or Beav and Larry playing baseball, etc.
Lumpy: So, LinkedIn is only about getting a job?
ClarinetMike: Actually, there’s more. LinkedIn also has discipline-specific professional groups where people post and discuss various issues in a way similar to Facebook.
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.