Social Media can be a wonderful thing; however, there are certain sites that are geared toward professional means; LinkedIn being one of them. Sure you can reconnect on a personal level; however, confusing Facebook and LinkedIn is a professional no-no.
If you have a LinkedIn profile (free) – make sure to keep it current. If you’re new to LinkedIn – stop by and check it out. There are many connections that can be made; however, you have to ensure that whatever you put out is credible and professional.
I’ve heard different opinions as to whether or not one should put a Dress Blues or suit picture up. In truth I am 50/50 on this. I can see arguments for either side. Even if you are not seeking to work for a military-related employer – the Dress Blues picture can be a-ok as a regular suit or professional dress. If you’re applying to the fictitious company Anti-Marine Widgets, then I would say the Dress Blues picture is a no-go; however, as long as the picture is clear, either should do fine.
Whether you already have a profile up or are just getting started DO NOT send out random connection requests. As you go through the setup process LinkedIn’s tools will help you to connect with people you already know. You may ask why would I want to connect with those I already know? Well, the answer is simple, you want to do this in order to potentially connect with people that they know and so on and so on. There are ways in which to enter your email address and LinkedIn will search the database against your email to suggest connections. It’s pretty slick, a little big brother, yet, nonetheless very convenient.
Complete your profile as son as you can, the last thing you want to do is represent to a more seasoned LinkedIn user that you’re not one to ‘finish’ things.
Some people have used LinkedIn to make some real personal position statements; however, do your best to refrain from engaging in what could be confused as a Facebook viewpoint fight.
I am more than happy to review your profile and/or answer any questions that you may have – Contact Me. I’m also happy to accept any connection requests from any Marine currently serving and/or those preparing for or going through transition.