Thursday, July 14, 2005

Career is now politics

Something just hit me: LinkedIn is a political arena, and as in most political arenas, one has to speak softly but carry a big stick.

In this case, the "size" of your "stick" has to do with:
  1. the centrality of your professional profile to a company or industry's long-term success
  2. the number of connections you have

Let's take your profile, as an example.

Imagine that your ideal employer (the company you're dreaming to work for) is looking at your LinkedIn profile. Specifically, the top 5 executives are sitting in front of the computer screen and they are reading every single word that you masterfully wrote about yourself.

Assuming that what you were formerly a boy or girl scout, and that everything you wrote is absolutely true (so help you God), then how do you think those five executives are reacting to your (masterfully written) profile?

(to be continued)