One of my clients asked me on Friday “How long have you been using LinkedIn Sherry? I am completely lost and still can’t find my way around.”
That got me thinking – I knew it had been a few years. I was made redundant from my law firm in 2009 and up until then, I’d been teaching lawyers how to make more effective use of LinkedIn for business development purposes.
At the time it was hard work because lawyers (sometimes) thought they knew better “we don’t need technology to do networking”. I ran lunchtime workshops for the lawyers as well as for the business services professionals, and for our more senior partners, I offered one-to-one coaching sessions on how to make the most of LinkedIn.
As one of the early adopters of LinkedIn in my law firm, I had early warning when somebody was getting itchy feet because suddenly their profile looked very polished, they were making connections, left right and centre, and getting involved in group discussions. (Then, depending on how I knew them, I would quietly mention that there’s a feature to switch off automatic notifications every time you make an update to your profile!)
Anyway it turns out I have been using LinkedIn for a good number of years. Curious how long you’ve been using LinkedIn?
How to find the exact date that you joined LinkedIn
- Open LinkedIn
- Go to your settings page (click on your name at the top of the screen)
- Click on Settings & Privacy
- And there it is at the top of the screen “Member since …“
For more ideas on how to make the most of LinkedIn for jobhunting
If you’re looking for more ideas on how to make the most of LinkedIn for your jobhunting, here are my most popular articles on the topic. If your LinkedIn knowledge is more ‘beginner’ runner than ‘elite’ athlete, start with the Essentials article first.
- Essentials to get right on LinkedIn
- 7 easy ways to get noticed easily on LinkedIn
- Who to connect with to build your LinkedIn network
- Get confident networking on LinkedIn
Want some one to one help?
If you know you need to use LinkedIn more effectively and you’ve read these articles (or even if you haven’t), and you could do with some one to one help, let’s talk. LinkedIn Confidence is one of my best-selling services since I launched it in November 2016 and it could be just what you’re looking for to make a bigger impact.
p.s. If you’re thinking about polishing your LinkedIn profile because you know that LinkedIn is the first place recruiters and clients look for you online, you can join my (free) 10 Day LinkedIn Challenge for support, encouragement and inspiration.