In a new three-part series, Debut’s own Content Creator Alex Ekong tries to find his place on LinkedIn and LinkedIn’s place in the world, creating his first LinkedIn profile along the way.
Confessions of a LinkedIn amateur
As a renegade teenage student journalist, I decided I couldn’t be bothered to make a LinkedIn. Now, as a 23-year-old content creator I’ve decided to suck it up and sell out my younger self in the name of career advancement.
Believe me, I had my reasons for not wanting to have a LinkedIn profile before. Now that I find it’s necessary, I’ve also found I’m way behind the curve. There’s an infinite number of theories about how to get a LinkedIn profile just right and my time to make the most of it, already largely wasted, is inexorably slipping away.
So being the drama queen that I am, I’m going to make as a big a deal out of this as possible. I, Alex Ekong do solemnly swear to make the perfect LinkedIn. To hit it out of the park on my first try. To catch the touchdown pass as I leap headlong into the endzone. And some other third sports metaphor. In this three-part series, using all the expertise I can muster, I will make up for being late to the party by being the most connected person there.
These are the last words of a man diving into the unknown. I talk about what LinkedIn has always meant to me as an outsider looking in and proffer countless lame excuses for why I never had it before. Then, with some sage advice from a few trusted careers companions, I get into the onboarding.
In a lot of ways, LinkedIn is no different any other social network. For one, image is everything. Having sold my soul down the river, I decided that if I’m going out, I’m going out in style. This time, I strive to get that perfect headshot and write a summary that gives the always tenuous impression that I actually know what I’m doing.
This what we trained for. This is why we’re here. Now that my profile is complete and my connections are coming in droves, it’s time to see if I’ve succeeded in my quest to build the perfect LinkedIn. That involves serving it up on a platter for hungry professionals to devour and review. Will it all end in tears?