LinkedIn and I have a love-hate relationship. One moment, we’re feuding about stupid closed connections, introductions, constantly verifying my login credentials and other nuisances (I believe in open networks where you have the chance to communicate with just about anyone). At other moments, I’m extremely grateful LinkedIn has made it easy for me to have a live résumé on such a connected network. I’m able to update my résumé, ask for recommendations, see possible connections I may have with a company of interest (whether I’m looking for a job or pitching).
As in all relationships, I take the good with the bad. Last week I decided to fully commit to my LinkedIn profile. Not because I believe in capitalizing on networking (*sarcasm*), but because I know LinkedIn is here to stay for the long haul. HR departments, recruiters and clients are turning to this attractive giant as a way to learn more about their perspective employee/consultant.
I mean, heck - I preach to other students about why they should join LinkedIn! After a few minutes of thinking, I took the plunge. I am now a full-fledged LinkedIn convert. And I promised myself that I’d provide better descriptions for the jobs I’ve done, answer questions, seek out new contacts, work on a fully translated Spanish version, and most importantly answer ALL my messages.
So here’s my new LinkedIn profile, ready to make my first impressions for me. I’m not done and I’ve only updated my Summary section. Let me know what you think in the comment box below. I appreciate all feedback (good, bad and weird):
As a young yet proven professional, I offer invaluable expertise to companies seeking to establish, grow and polish their public image. I draw on my experiences in the airlines, auto, consumer, fashion, hospitality and technology industries to provide a diverse skill set to employers and clients.
I am currently a Jr. Account Executive at C-Com Group, Inc., a full-service marketing agency, where I work with national brands on their Hispanic and general market relations. I am also a full-time student at Florida International University and a candidate for a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations with a minor in Hospitality.
As a social media user and strategist, I truly believe social media and company interests can happily coexist.
I adhere to ethical practices and policies, including those set by the Public Relations Society of America (http://bit.ly/asRfcb).
★ Social Media
★ Public Relations Writing
★ Media Relations
★ Hispanic Relations
★ Event Management
★ Business Development