You may have noticed over the last year that I have been promoting the use of LinkedIn within the geotechnical and Environmental community. Those of you who have had the misfortune to “get me started on it” in person about it will know that I can rave about it for quite a while.
Why is it so good and what are you missing out on by not being on it? People often refer to it as “Facebook for adults” but it is much much more than that.
Before I explain what LinkedIn is, let me first ask you four questions..
1) If I put a free event together in your office and get 400 people experts in your chosen field to visit you would you attend?
2) If you have located a tender opportunity but don’t know anything about the main people involved, would you like to know which of your contacts does know them?
3) Would you like to know, before your competitors, if an old contact of yours has moved to a new company and may have work for you?
4) If you had a question or opinion and would like people’s views, would you like immediate access to 5 people who are keen to help and knowledgeable?
If you have answered yes to any of these questions and are not on LinkedIn then you are missing out and you should get yourself an account as soon as possible. LinkedIn is simply a way of networking. For the geotechnical community, it’s like an international Rankine lecture that’s available to you everyday and you don’t have to sit on those hard seats for a 2 hour lecture!
Within the system you can add people to your network (as long as they agree) and you can then see who everyone in your network knows in the industry (Question 2). You can join groups of like minded people and listen to their conversations, join in or start your own (Question 1 and 4). You can even see people’s updates as they move jobs, get promoted or put a call out for help (Question 3).
Keynetix runs two groups on LinkedIn – one for Geotechnical Data Management and one for Environmental Data Management. You can join these groups and have immediate access to 400 people around the world who are involved with, or interested in, geotechnical and environmental data management.
If I have managed to raise your curiosity enough to login today then can I suggest that you join the two groups above and add me to your network. This will immediately give you direct access to over 200 geotechnical engineers (my network) and indirect access to many more.
See you on LinkedIn…
P.S. Use LinkedIn for your work life only. If you have great pictures of your wedding or kids and want to share them with the world then get a Facebook account!