Looking at this blog again I wondered whether I should feel guilty that my last post was a couple of weeks ago. But then I decided that no-one will have missed me on here and dispelled the guilt. Deciding on a realistic volume of posts is something I’ll definitely need to do at the end of this course. I suspect keeping them short and sweet – less rambling – will help with this, so here goes.
Thing 5: networking via LinkedIn and Academia.edu. I use both. You can admire my LinkedIn profile and offer me a job based on my skill set and, well, perhaps my academia.edu profile isn’t worth linking to. Both, as I found in week 2 of DH23Things come up on my first page of Google, but LinkedIn first. LinkedIn used to be valuable to me when I worked in business publishing. Groups I set up when I was a business-to-business editor a few years ago now have 200 members. When I couldn’t get a reply from company directors via email I’d usually get a reply almost instantaneously via a LinkedIn message.
LinkedIn is certainly a good way to keep your CV your fresh and forces you to summarise what you do in one or two sentences. I hope that one day I’ll get head-hunted here (any offers?) but I’m not sure how often that really happens. It’s a good business address book to help you keep track of people when they change jobs. As far as I can see most academics aren’t on LinkedIn – CRASSH’s group only has 30 members! – so as a networking tool it’s perhaps of limited use to me while I’m in higher education. There are though a number of interesting groups that share relevant content like the Guardian higher education group.
Wondering where all the academics are, I turned to academia.edu, where I have to confess I feel a bit of an imposter. Are you even supposed to be on this site if you’re not an academic? Probably not. I thought it would be a good way to follow academics but I actually prefer to follow people via Twitter or Facebook instead as for me academia.edu is just one channel too many and it’s less personal. I did once experiment with joining a discussion where I was told off for talking about the wrong century and haven’t said anything there since. I think Nellie Phoca-Cosmetatou‘s profile is a great example of how to use academia.edu; you can access all of her papers here, some of which have had 100s of views through this.
I don’t spend much time on either LinkedIn or academia.edu and I should probably go further and quit academia.edu, as it just clutters up my online facade. I hope that my LinkedIn connections will prove useful in the future for employability, but for the moment it’s just nice to keep track of where people move to in a space that is personal without being intimate.