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    Does anyone use Linkedin?

    I'm now a part of ITV's talent pool for Journalism work experience and it's a requirement I keep an up to date linkedin profile.

    Now.. I have a few etiquette questions... Who should I be looking to 'connect' to on there? All of my lecturers show up as suggestions and whilst they could certainly be useful contacts, is it the equivalent of adding them on Facebook? or is it perfectly acceptable?

    It is bugging me that Linkedin keeps reminding me that I 'need to make more connections' LOL

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    I do not. But from what I understand it is a professional social networking site so I imagine adding your professors would be fine












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    I use it, and it is for professionals. It's not like Facebook in that you may not want your professional contacts to see what you put there.

    You will list your work history, your education, your skills, that sort of thing. If you don't want a linkedin contact, simply ignore it.

    I honestly don't think it's that active a site. At least from experience it doesn't seem to be.






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    I use it but not very much. Mostly I log in when people try to connect to me, but it is usually people who want to connect due to my previous jo role which I don't want to do anymore.

    Still, the fact they find me and try to connect suggests that lots of companies use it to search for people within their business spectrum, so I would say it is worth you keeping it updated with any new work experience you get.

    Can't see why you can't approach your lectureres ( they don't have to accept if they don't want to)

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    It's a weird place for sure.

    I think the idea was social networking but on a business rather than friend level.

    As it turned out, people went on, put their cv on there, and other than occasionally connecting to someone else and being able to see who they've connected with, that's about all that happens. So as Tink says, it feels very quiet versus facebook.

    Now you'd have thought they'd do something similar to facebook's wall and show you a continuous stream of professional updates and perhaps industry related comments and questions. But nah.

    Back to the question of connecting to lecturers. Problem is, it's quite a personal judgement as to what someone feels is appropriate and you don't really know without trying or asking them. Just trying it will notify them and if they're the type to be irritated by that alone, then you've done what you didn't want to.

    I know some people who HATE getting bugged about connecting to anyone other than people they believe to be at right "level" but I know OTHER people who, like facebook, love that they have thousands of connections.

    I have a bit of a thing about suppliers connecting to me on there. Are they *really* business connections? well kinda but in other ways they're "just" people I've bought something from :/ not sure I want to see them and all THEIR connections :/ then of course I get constant requests from other suppliers who we DONT use but feel they'd be able to get a foot in the door that way.

    In the end I've just kept it to people I've worked with or friends. Anything else I tend to ignore (and tbh sometimes I accidently ignore valid colleagues/friends because I hardly ever go on there and the request times out anyway)

    So it's a bit of a conundrum really.

    I personally wouldn't have thought lecturers would want their students as connections to be perfectly honest. Then again, perhaps some would like to watch their students progression?

    If I were still lecturing, I wouldn't want students connecting though because apart from anything else, it would make my industry connections available to them and I wouldn't want THEM bombarded by requests for jobs
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    I'm more in Keith's mode. I do connect to people who are in the business of health professions and on a case or two, I do with friends, but it's not a friend type site in my opinion.

    Perhaps you could ask your professors first?






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    The site is extremely confusing and raises many 'etiquette' questions, doesn't it!

    Not really sure how useful it could be unless you're a Freelancer?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by josh.p., post: 281098
    The site is extremely confusing and raises many 'etiquette' questions, doesn't it!

    Not really sure how useful it could be unless you're a Freelancer?!
    I've not found it useful at all.

    I get a stream of people asking if there's any positions available. I know other people who've found jobs via smoozing on it but I'm just not into it.
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    Nope, I've found it so useless, that I've considered taking it down. I actually forget that it is there.






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    Quote Originally Posted by josh.p., post: 280992

    I'm now a part of ITV's talent pool for Journalism work experience and it's a requirement I keep an up to date linkedin profile.
    I can't help with linkedin but I just wanted to say well done on the work experience :hug2









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