There is a lot of web space devoted to social networking. Not wanting to miss the bandwagon, professionals use social networking sites, too. I just signed up for legallyminded, a beta networking site for attorneys. (It was sort-of by accident; I was checking out the site and got carried away. Before I knew it, I had an account. Now what?). I have a LinkedIn account, which I rarely visit. As they say, “my bad.” I blame no one but myself for both having these accounts and not making full use of them. I’ve been told that this is a great way to network with both like-minded professionals and potential clients. I just can’t quite make that leap.
I’m not a huge fan of social networking. I can’t help but think that there are other things I should be doing with my time. I have a Facebook page – I signed up so I could keep track of my kids. I rarely add content. I’m not saying this a bad thing; I simply may not be as “social” as the average Jane.
Social networking for professionals: Does it work? Is it worth it? Just like anything – it depends upon what YOU put into it, and what you expect OUT of it.
In my professional life, Linkedin has been reasonably successful. While it has not lead to new job opportunities for me personally, I do find it useful for making additional connections in the ‘second-tier’ range.
Might you let us know what your opinion of legallyminded is after you have used it for a little while?
…Forgive my spelling, *led.
That’s my impression on Linkedin, (and other social networking sites for professionals) as well – it can be useful for additional connections or professional development within my area of interest or expertise, but not a place to find new clients or job opportunities.
I’ll give legallyminded a try and let you know what my “take” on that sight might be, as an industry-specific professional site, rather than a general professional networking site.
I think you have to have to be a “networking” person. I’m afraid I’m not. For some odd reason I *do* have a Linked-In account and I find myself irritated every time someone wants to link to me (yes, I’m laughing at myself). I can see where an industry-based one might prove useful.