I first heard of LinkedIn at a technical conference in 2007. A colleague sent me an invitation to connect after hearing my presentation. I was hesitant; at the time I only used email to stay in contact. I joined because my current method was inefficient. I lost track of more people than I actually knew.
At the time LinkedIn had about 14 million users and was debating allowing a photo. Today it boasts 200 million users. I post my career or project highlights, skills, patents and papers. I’m a member of a few interest driven clubs and manage one for locals in my area of expertise. I post announcements, member profiles and periodically organize professional activities. Recruiters periodically contact me with opportunities which are actually a great fit. I’m glad I joined. I do want to stay in contact with colleagues without tracking email addresses. Other social media sites aren’t appropriate for a professional acquaintance. I don’t want to see photos of their family vacations or hear their political views.
Julia Perez is a electrical engineer and a Being Latino Contributing Writer.