My name is Susan Kistler. I am the American Evaluation Association’s Executive Director and aea365’s regular Saturday Contributor. Today, we’re talking all things LinkedIn!
Rad Resource – AEA’s LinkedIn Group: AEA’s LinkedIn Community has over 9000 subscribers from around the world and is open to anyone with an interest in evaluation. It’s free (always worth noting) and takes 30 seconds to join if you are already on LinkedIn and a few minutes if you need to make an account. Current popular discussions include ones focusing Theory of Change, Logic Modeling, and Webinars for Capacity Development.
Lessons Learned – why bother? You can post questions to AEA’s LinkedIn group and take advantage of the collective knowledge of those 9000 subscribers. LinkedIn also provides a way to build your professional network, connecting with colleagues with common interests. The group’s ‘jobs’ tab is a place to look for open positions (although I would still recommend searching AEA’s job listings first as they are more extensive).
Rad Resource – LinkedIn’s Endorsement Feature: On October 1, I received an email:
“Patricia Rogers has endorsed you!”
“Why thank you Patricia!” thought I – and then I didn’t think a whole lot more about it.
We were deep into conference preparations and I didn’t click through on the “See endorsements” button that came with that initial missive. By the time I returned from the conference, there were a number of emails waiting, telling me that someone had endorsed my skills. Now I was intrigued, and appreciative, and humbled. And I clicked through.
Here is what I found – at least today’s version of it:
Hot Tip – Adding Endorsements: When signed in and you view the profiles of most people in your LinkedIn network, you can both see and add to their endorsements (unless they have turned this section off), and you can see the endorsements of people outside your network (but not add to them).
Lessons Learned From Endorsements: The endorsements features is a bit like a light, appreciative, 360 evaluation. I learned about how others view me (I wouldn’t have even put Volunteer Management on my personal skills list, but it is indeed a rewarding part of my work). For those I know well, it enables me to provide public kudos and support their work and career – as well as to learn about aspects of their work that were unknown to me. For those I know less well, it offers insight into their perceived capacity as well as the scope of their personal networks, at least on this platform. In the future, as you seek contracts and positions, potential funders and employers may be looking at your LinkedIn endorsements.
- Endorse others first and endorse fairly
- Keep it easy for your inner circle
- No mass emails
The above reflect my own opinions and not necessarily that of AEA. Do you have questions, concerns, kudos, or content to extend this aea365 contribution? Please add them in the comments section for this post on the aea365 webpage so that we may enrich our community of practice. Would you like to submit an aea365 Tip? Please send a note of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. aea365 is sponsored by the American Evaluation Association and provides a Tip-a-Day by and for evaluators.