Five Reasons why Nurses can Benefit from LinkedIn
Published: 14 July 2019
Published: 14 July 2019
There are many reasons why nurses and healthcare workers should consider incorporating networking into their career development plan.
Online networking should be part of your plan to reach your career goals, and in this space, LinkedIn is the most powerful tool.
LinkedIn hosts the largest online community for professional networking. Purchased by Microsoft in 2016, the LinkedIn brand continues to attract members from every continent. At the time of this writing, there are 840 million LinkedIn members (SMPerth 2022).
While LinkedIn was originally used as a place to post an online resume, the service now offers many other useful features. From professional groups and networking opportunities to job postings and direct connections with recruiters, LinkedIn is a treasure trove of people, and valuable content, and offers enormous potential for those prepared to learn and engage with it.
Through online and face-to-face networking, nurses can make friends, nurture connections and foster symbiotic relationships that provide the nurse networker with their own personal brain-trust of colleagues.
On LinkedIn, nurses can use the search engine as a means to locate, identify and reach out to professionals around the world they would like to meet. The individuals that nurses can connect with may include:
Relationships forged on LinkedIn can develop into friendships and valuable professional connections. For some, LinkedIn is just the first step in building relationships: there is always the freedom to move conversations to mobile, video conference calls or meetings in person.
Users of LinkedIn can search for jobs, meet recruiters, research employers and spark conversations and connections with valuable individuals.
Recruiters use the search function on LinkedIn to seek out potential candidates for open positions. In fact, some recruiters will reserve certain positions solely for posting on LinkedIn, and individual users can tag their profile as open to job recruitment.
As regular members of LinkedIn are aware, some positions can be applied for simply by submitting one’s LinkedIn profile as a job application.
LinkedIn is home to thousands of groups where members can interact, share best practices and meet other professionals.
Shared membership in a LinkedIn group provides common ground for members who do not yet know one another. Groups can level the playing field and provide access to individuals a LinkedIn user may otherwise not encounter.
Just like other social media platforms, LinkedIn users post links to valuable articles, research and news of interest.
Some members utilise LinkedIn’s native blogging platform, LinkedIn Pulse, as a means to demonstrate their expertise and share authoritative content with their followers and connections.
The aspects of LinkedIn that most people can identify with are those with close similarity to a traditional resume. A chronological list of one’s professional experiences, education, volunteering experience and other accomplishments is easy to create and access, and any profile can also be downloaded as a pdf as needed.
Another important part of the online 'resume' is recommendations and endorsements. Users can write recommendations for one another, as well as receive endorsements for skills that each member has chosen to represent their greatest strengths.
LinkedIn isn't the only answer to nursing career development; rather, it’s an important tool that every nurse should have in their toolbox along with their resume, skeleton cover letter, business card and other important career-related documents.
Develop your LinkedIn profile, nurture connections, build a thriving professional network and learn to thrive in your career as you create lasting professional relationships and a powerful online presence.