LinkedIn boasts some of the most read articles on the interweb including Opportunity Knock’s top blog post. With 225 million and counting members, LinkedIn has naturally become an extension of networking. Filled with recruiters and robust professional groups, LinkedIn is a haven for the for-profit world, but what about for the nonprofit world?
Social instigator, Kevin J. Wolfe of DonorDrive answers this question perfectly in his Mashable article, Why Your Nonprofits Needs to Stop Ignoring LinkedIn. Case closed, right? Not exactly. For job seekers, LinkedIn is like a cocktail party according to Mickey Desai of The Nonprofit Snapshot.
Tonight, I joined the Young Nonprofit Professional Network-Atlanta Chapter along with some of my co-workers for an evening of LinkedIn and networking. The panel of two, Sue Loth of 22Squared & Mickey Desai of The Nonprofit Snapshot talked all about LinkedIn and how to network on LinkedIn. First off, it was so much fun! Now you’re probably saying to yourself, “Really, Yasmine fun? While you’re having fun; everyone else’s palms are sweating profusely.” As an extrovert, I love socializing and obviously tonight’s event was all about that. Plus, it was a great way to kick off post-VISTA program relations. But, honestly, I think the one thing I loved about tonight’s networking event was that there was no pressure. I’m not on the job hunt so networking was truly getting to know people in the industry. Unlike other networking events I’ve gone to where I’ve felt like I needed to leave with multiple contacts AND a job offer. The things PRSSA does to you… Plus, we got FREE headshot!
Second, I learned some snazzy things about LinkedIn and networking. Being the weirdo I am, I love talking career advice, job hunting, and all of that jazz so while people were asking questions I was trying to NOT answer all the questions.
Despite knowing most of the answers to the questions, I did learn a few new things. Here’s five things that I thought were super cool:
- “Facebook is a toy. LinkedIn is a tool.” -Mickey Desai
- You should pay it forward when networking.
- LinkedIn’s summary is an opportunity to tell your career story
- Consciously expand your network via LinkedIn
- It’s less about who YOU know and more about who THEY may know – Sue Loth
Obviously, I can’t give too much of the goods away because I’m writing a piece on the event for Opportunity Knocks :) But, I couldn’t help but to share the knowledge and experience with you guys!
If you’re in the Atlanta-area come visit and chat!
-Yasmine, the Nonprofit Newb