LinkedIn has quickly become the most prominent professional network, for both employers and employees. I have had a LinkedIn profile for quite some time, but never knew that you could get vanity URLs in the vain of linkedin.com/in/example.
Fortunately, I was able to get the Quantastical username and vanity URL for my LinkedIn profile. The website provides a customizable homepage that acts as a sort of resume alternative that many companies are using to search for potential employees. It also gives end users, like me, the ability to post portfolio items, give and receive recommendations, and rate other people based on their skills and expertise, using keyword tags.
I updated my picture to something a little more relevant, and made some minor alterations to my resume content. But, I also found that users can follow various groups of similar interests and maintain a timeline much like the other social networks. However, here it is much less personal activity and more geared to promoting businesses and brands, as well as other corporate communication.
It’s pretty much essential in the tech world and I would say anyone looking for a job right now should at least use LinkedIn as an online resume that can be submitted to places like Monster and CareerBuilder. The only disadvantage is that you can’t get all that creative with your profile other than uploading your portfolio settings. That’s not entirely bad, though, as it gives a certain uniformity to all profiles that likely makes it easier for people to find the help they need.
Once you get your profile set up, connect with me so we can bounce business ideas off of each other.