How to use linkedin – for Law
Ok, so you have your twitter account. You have set up your blog or (Blawg) whatever you choose to call it. What’s next you might ask??
If you are serious about building an on-line reputation for your professional life as a solicitor then start as early as you can and take the project to the next level. Every law student should have a linkedin account.
Here I would like to tell you a little bit about a professional business tool called Linkedin. What it is and why EVERY law student and lawyer should have one as part of your strategy.
Linked in has over 65 million members around the world and covers over 200 countries.
It is a business focussed network which allows you to connect with fellow professionals and have discussions.
Here is a link to Linked in
How does it work?
1. On linkedin you log in and create a profile much the same as in facebook, twitter and your blog. You can include details of where you studied, where you have worked and your background.
ALL OF THIS IS IMPORTANT as it builds up your credentials.It builds up your network and it give you even more access to legal discussion.
2. Your Photo
You should add a photograph to your linked in and remember this is a professional network when you apply for a traineeship or new legal job chances are your future employer WILL have a look to see if you have a Linkedin account.
3. Making a statement– you can identify where you are at in your legal studies in law by using your professional statement – if you are a law student then here’s where you can put it. But remember no one will blow your trumpet for you .You have to do that yourself so if you’re an ‘Outstanding and passionate legal geek ‘say so.
4.Part of the features of linked in allow people to recommend you and as you progress through your legal career this will be a good measure of what your peer think of you. Testimonials are great in any line of work and in law it is important to be respected in your profession. Recommend fellow lawyers if you can .You only need to write a small paragraph but remember to be honest.
5. Groups for me the groups on linkedin are the best features. You can search of groups of law students, legal firms or what ever area of law or life you are interested in. I was there for the birth of the Twegals (a group on Linkedin for legals) comes along and joins.
If you can’t find a group then create one of your own.
There are over 500,000 groups on linkedin.
6. Now if you have only started to get used to using twitter then a slight change of mindset is required. On linkedin you can use 141 characters to update your status but you can also answer questions and ask questions too and join discussions .You can add your twitter account to your linkedin account to update at the same time.
So why use linkedin?
As a law student you are entering a professional world where networking is very important. Linkedin helps you to validate your twitter account by providing a more detailed profile of who you are. Linkedin helps you to engage with legal professionals even whilst you are still a student.
Make yourself a cup of tea. Log off your blog and twitter and spend an hour checking out Linkedin that’s the next step.
PS you can down load Linkedin applications to your iphone,BB or smart phone or use on your PC or laptop.
Join all three together and whoo hoo – the real world of Law unfolds.
Hope you have enjoyed this short guide to Linkedin.
A word of warning everything you post will be available for any future employer to see.