Should I have a LinkedIn Profile?
What do you want to appear when someone Googles your name?
Do you have a LinkedIn account? Is your profile half done? Do you ever logon?
LinkedIn is much more than a tool for looking for a new job. It is a way to brand yourself as a professional in your field. A way to network with experts in your industry. A way to grow as a professional by learning from other likeminded professionals. It is a way to connect professionally with people you may never meet in person.
I’m new to the LinkedIn world and I have already learned so much about the newest trends in healthcare, what’s important to my system’s CEO, and how to look at areas where I may have been a little “stuck” differently. LinkedIn is work. You have to logon and scan through your newsfeed on a regular basis. Read the articles. You have to make smart choices on who you want to connect with and follow. You have to know what your account says about you to the world.
You should build your LinkedIn profile for the professionals you want to see it. Connect with the people you want your name in front of. To position yourself, you have to have a compelling, engaging profile that makes people want to find out more about you. You want people to connect to you, learn from you, and share who you are and what you know. You are people of great knowledge, touching lives through amazing volunteer programs every day.
My challenge to each member of AHVRP is to build your LinkedIn page. Build your brand as a Volunteer Resource Professional. Share the amazing things you are doing in your hospitals on your page so that others may know the power, impact, and contribution of hospital volunteers to the ongoing success of the healthcare industry. LinkedIn is a powerful social media platform and we cannot afford not being a part of that. You never know who is looking at you. Make it count.
Connect with me today! I want to know you. And I’m here to share what I know.
Angela Berns, CAVS
2017 AHVRP Board Member
Program Manager, Volunteer Services
UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital