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Blog about people-centered design by Lisa Chow and Sandra Sajonas.

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The New LinkedIn Profile

You may have heard that there is a new LinkedIn profile rolling out.  Eventually all LinkedIn members will get the new profile. I just got my new LinkedIn profile yesterday (see screenshot).

New LinkedIn Profile

As you may know, Sandra and I are big fans of LinkedIn, but I’m not sure how I feel about the recent LinkedIn change. I like that the new LinkedIn profile is more visual with icons for the various headings/categories (experience, courses, education, publications, etc.) and you can now add links under your job positions, education and a few other sections, but along with this release of the new profile, LinkedIn has streamlined their app offerings, which means apps like SlideShare presentations and WordPress, will no longer be supported. Apps like SlideShare and WordPress are how I share my presentation slides and blog posts with my LinkedIn network.

What do you guys think of the new LinkedIn profile?

EDIT (12/12/12): It seems like my SlideShare presentations are now a part of my professional gallery in the Summary section, so it’s not entirely gone, but what if I upload a new presentation to Slideshare, will it display in the gallery? Also, I’ve activated my LinkedIn profile with WordPress’ Publicize, so WordPress blog posts now show up as status updates, but not also in an app like before.

EDIT (12/14/12): I just noticed my Amazon reading list is not displayed. I’ve made connections with people who have a mutual interest in particular book titles. I’m wondering if it’s gone for good. I miss the apps.

Leveraging LinkedIn for Your Career – SLA-NY Event Recap

linkedinOn Wednesday, I attended a great presentation on “Leveraging LinkedIn for Your Career” by Brian Tietje, Strategic Account Executive at LinkedIn (and professional envelope pusher — from his LinkedIn profile headline). The event was organized by the New York Chapter of the Special Libraries Association (SLA-NY).

Sandra and I are big fans of LinkedIn (as you may know from our leadership and career development presentations and blog posts). Being a LinkedIn fan, I was glad that I learned some new things and not-so-new things from a different perspective:

  • Update your LinkedIn profile according to your professional/career objectives.
  • You can create a company page on LinkedIn, for free.
  • Make a good first impression: use the headline space of your profile. Don’t just put your job title — that’s what we said about name tags and on maximizing LinkedIn.
  • Your summary section = your elevator pitch. Make it count. Highlight your role and career experience.
  • When it comes to LinkedIn recommendations, be specific in your recommendation request. Tell them what you want to be recommended for. Don’t have more than 3-5 recommendations displayed on your profile (Brag, but not too much).
  • Weed your LinkedIn connections at least once a year.
  • You can join up to 50 LinkedIn groups, but do you really want to be part of so many groups? Think quality over quantity. Feel free to test drive groups.
  • As a LinkedIn member, you get 5 introductions per month to use within your network. Get an introduction to the person you need to reach. You may share similar professional interests with this person or this person works at a company that you’re interested in.
  • When you search your network, you can save those searches and create weekly alerts.
  • Participate in Answers. It’s a way to share your knowledge as a professional in your field.
  • LinkedIn Today, news headlines (which I enjoy reading and sharing) comes from a few places: LinkedIn’s editorial team and what your network and industry are sharing.
  • Keep an eye on your profile stats. This helps gauge the impact of your LinkedIn profile. Are people finding or looking at your profile?
  • LinkedIn recently acquired Slideshare (we’re big fans of Slideshare too).

For more tips on leveraging LinkedIn for your career, check out Brian’s presentation slides on the SLA-NY website.

The one LinkedIn tip that Sandra and I keep sharing in our presentations (so we’re going to share it here as well): 

connectWhen you send an invitation to connect with someone on LinkedIn, please customize your message.

The default message is “I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn.”, which is fine to use, in addition to your message. We can’t tell you how many times people just send us the default message. You wouldn’t just walk up to someone, give them your business card and then walk away — would you? Don’t do that on LinkedIn.

Customize your message. It can be something as simple as “We have similar professional interests: x,y,z.”. Remind them if you met in-person at an event, worked together on a project or were in the same class together.

What are your tips for using LinkedIn? Share them in the comments section below. 

E-Portfolios: Webinar Recap, Tools, and Resources


Online tools to create and host your e-portfolio

Online tools to enhance and promote your e-portfolio

Web analytic tools to gauge the impact of your e-portfolio


Here are links to e-portfolios of friends & colleagues (and ours):


Image resources

Other resources

zen of social media marketing   getting started with wordpressSocial networking for career success
create your digital portfolio

your google game plan for success

branding yourself

Maximize LinkedIn

linkedinHave you ever noticed that LinkedIn seems to have new tools and features popping up everyday?

On a related note, LinkedIn announced last week that they now have 100 million members. Imagine the possibilities and opportunities for connecting, creating and collaborating.

Here are some tips and tools we’ve discovered:

  • Get recommendations on LinkedIn. It enhances your profile and serves as a good litmus test for when you need references for job applications. Don’t forget to give recommendations as well.
  • Be the first to see job postings and updates by following companies & organizations of interest.
  • Connect with contacts on LinkedIn after meeting them at conferences.
  • Add language, technology and other skills to your profile.
  • Join and participate in groups of interest. You can create groups as well.
  • Add upcoming events to your profile.
  • Make use of the headline in your profile by branding yourself, don’t just put your job title.
  • Use applications such as Slideshare to share your presentations.

How do you use LinkedIn?

Our Top 10 Free Tools 2010

Here are our top 10 free tools (listed in no particular order) that we used this year:

  1. LinkedIn – A great tool to maintain and expand your professional network. Also, another place for job postings.
  2. Blogs: Blogger, WordPress – Blogging is a great way to share your thoughts and ideas. You can also use a blog to create your e-portfolio.
  3. PDFonline – Convert your Word documents to PDF. Size limitations.
  4. Google tools: Analytics – Track and analyze site visits, Calendar – Use it everyday or for specific events like conferences (unfortunately, many conference planners aren’t very user-friendly), Docs – work collaboratively on reports and presentations without the confusion of multiple versions, Sites – Quick and easy way to build a website. We used it to create our e-portfolios.
  5. Delicious – While the future of Delicious is unknown given the recent news, it is a great tool for bookmarking and accessing your favorite and/or useful sites.
  6. – Shorten a URL, share the link and track the clicks.
  7. Slideshare – Share your presentation slides online.
  8. Wikis: PBworks, Wetpaint – Useful for collaborative work, sharing of ideas and resources and project management. We used Wetpaint for HealthCampNYC. Lesson learned: some organizations block access to these sites. Also, Wetpaint had been acting funny. We’ve used PBworks for committee work.  
  9. Wordle – Create word clouds for presentations, reports, etc. Just dump in the text. 
  10. Meebo – Integrates all social networks and communications channels into a one-stop location that allows real time communication.

Last month at NYPL, we talked to the NY Librarians Meetup Group about how these tools can help your library career. We do presentations on a range of professional and career development topics. If you would like us to do a presentation for your group, please contact us.