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University students and LinkedIn - September 4th 2013, 05:20 AM

Hey all, so I am looking into joining LinkedIn. Because I want to do PR work I think that it would be a good place for me to network.

Only I have a few concerns. Namely, privacy. I get that half the point is that employers can look you up on there if and when they want to hire you BUT I'd prefer to limit who can creep on my profile, it does have personal information after all. I'd rather at least be able to limit people who are members of the site (ex. if an employer isn't part of LinkedIn then that's to fucking bad, no stalking for them). I already checked out the site, signed up and everything and when the privacy settings were going to take forever to go through I deleted the account until I have more time to commit to sorting that out.

The second concern is that I am still building my career experience. Most of my "work" experience falls under the volunteering section. Heck, I have all of one job which I deem worthy and that job I have barely had for a month. Being a waitress or cashier isn't anything I want to brag about on a professional site if I can help it, not when it is one of the first things people I connect with will read. I am very proud of my volunteer work and I don't want that seeming secondary. There are a lot of other things where I'm not sure I can put in with any value.

My point is that I am not sure if it is ok for me to create a LinkedIn profile yet. On one hand I can see why I can and maybe even should, but on the other I'm like ah, maybe I should wait until I can build a stronger case for myself on the site... Should I do it while I am building my resume still or should I wait until next spring when I have a little more experience and can even brag about what I am doing next fall (as opposed to now when those gears are just getting set in motion)? Is it to soon for me to start networking?

Personally I think networking ASAP would be for the best buuuut... What if I am presenting to weak of an image to the online world as a result, would I inadvertently damage my professional career by doing so?

Lastly, who else here has LinkedIn? Did you start it during school? How does it help you personally... etc.etc. etc.? Please let me know

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Re: University students and LinkedIn - September 4th 2013, 06:17 AM

I created one and I somewhat regret it since I feel like you and that my work experience isn't at the level where I'd like it public. But I'm already getting so many requests for coworkers and people I meet at conventions wanting to "link up" or something, and I'm like "...I don't know what I'm doing!" I'd experiment with one for a while, or look at a friend's, and outline what you'd like to include. I feel a waitress position still adds skills, so it's not bad to say you have it... But I understand your concern.

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Re: University students and LinkedIn - September 4th 2013, 09:31 PM

Ah i know eh! Kind of stressful. I volunteer A LOT though, like I have about 10 things for volunteering on my resume compared to my 3 jobs (bear in mind some of the places I've been at for 6 months+, I've been at one place for almost a year and a half).

It's just so hard to decide if I should do it or not. If I do I risk putting myself out there before I have anything to say for yourself, if I don't I risk missing out on something great... gah!!!

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Re: University students and LinkedIn - September 4th 2013, 09:47 PM

I would recommend that if you're not 100% certain, like anything on the Internet, don't put it up.

Wait until you really fell comfortable putting it up, and you'll feel easier about it.

(short answer, I'm afraid, but in terms of the Internet in general, I think that's a good policy)

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Re: University students and LinkedIn - September 5th 2013, 12:29 AM

There's nothing wrong with putting up a LinkedIn profile "early," so long as you keep everything professional. That said, mine has been completely useless thus far.

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Re: University students and LinkedIn - September 5th 2013, 11:57 AM

I wouldn't. Based on what you mentioned, it doesn't seem needed.

LinkedIn is usually for people who worked in high positions with high positioned people.

Personally I don't particularity care for it because it proves the job market is based on whether you know the right person or not. It's sad and true.

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