I don’t know whether you are on Linkedin or not but as a young professional you sure should be there. I know most of you are going to say well you can never get a job through that platform but I am here to tell you, you can.
I have for a long time noticed the interaction patterns of my Ugandan connections and my International connections and there is a huge difference between the two.
When you receive a connection invitation from an international person and accept it, they will follow it up with a thank you note with a list of things they can do in order to further your online networking relationship.
But when you receive and accept a connection invite from a Ugandan, that’s all you’ll ever hear from them. I also used to be this Ugandan on Linkedin and for 2 years I had no results from the platform.
On several occasions I wanted to close down my account because I found it useless then one day I decided to upgrade my profile with all the working and voluntary experience I have. That is when I received my first international connection who I accepted and this is what he sent me,
Thank you for responding to my invitation to connect. I want to tell you a bit about what we do and how you can help.
Your experience in the publicity area can be useful to me and our grassroots NGOs.
Here is a summary of our activities.
(This an excerpt from a private email so I have to keep it short)
After receiving this email I also started copying, I must say I sent out about 50 of such emails and from the 50 I managed to get 3 freelance jobs. It’s not bad, I could have even sent out 100 emails and got no job but created a long lasting online relationship.
The person that sent me that email and I currently have a long term online professional relationship.
He has recommended people to me who need my services and I have done the same in return.
That is how I have been using Linkedin to market my skills and I plan to extend what I learned to other social platforms to widen my scope.
How are you using social media to market your skills? Please share with me in the comments below.