Don’t get me wrong, LinkedIn is a great tool for professionals in the modern business world. As a commerce student I created my account just over a year ago and have steadily been adding to my profile, joining groups and building my online network. However, every time I login there’s an annoying little bar on the right of my screen reminding me that my profile is not yet complete.
According to LinkedIn the following components make up a complete profile:
- Your current position
- Two past positions
- Your education
- Your profile summary
- A profile photo
- Your specialties
- At least three recommendations
I’m at 90% on that little bar, the only thing my profile is currently lacking is an abundance of recommendations (I have one). The problem is that most of the people who I would ask for a recommendation from aren’t on LinkedIn. I’ve searched for past supervisors with no avail- you’d think that I’d be able to connect with at least one of my five managers at Earls, but that’s just not the case. LinkedIn, as with any other social network, is only as good as the people who use it. If people aren’t joining there’s only so far you can go with making connections and using the site as it was intended.
Will my former supervisors eventually get on LinkedIn? Will I ever have a complete profile? Questions for the ages…