LinkedIn is the most professional of the social media sites. There you will find over 70 million professionals networking with each other, and the site is growing at a pace of about 1 new professional per second!
You can think of LinkedIn as being Facebook for professionals. Instead of “friends”, you have “connections”. Instead of posting “what you are doing”, you “share networking activity”. To facilitate networking, LinkedIn can not only show you your connections (your “first connections”), but also their connections (your “second connections”). The idea is to make it easy for people to gain access to new contacts.
There are some job-seeking / employee-seeking advantages to being on LinkedIn. Employers with a need can post job lists and search for possible candidates; they can also check with a connection for recommendations on applicants that are connected to them. Job seekers can search job lists, check the profiles for hiring managers and see if they have any mutual connections that may aid in their job pursuit, receive notifications for new job offers when particular companies are listing them, and they can bookmark possible job opportunities for review later.
There are mainframe, CICS, educational, and other special interest groups to join on LinkedIn to use to make new connections or revive old ones. I am currently a member of the Missouri University of Science and Technology Alumni (I am a UMR graduate), Mainframe Experts Network, System z Advocates, IBM MAINFRAME, CICS Special Interest Group, and SHARE groups. Please let me know if you find another z or CICS-related group that CICS sysprogs should be joining!
There are lots of reasons to be on LinkedIn. Keeping an active network can help keep you in touch with your current contacts and help you make new contacts that may help you now or down the road. If you are not on LinkedIn, sign up today and connect to theCICSguy!
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