How does the social media website LinkedIn work? After being inspired by Karl Gude’s presentation about Visual Information at TEDx Lansing, I decided to take a stab at an infographic of my own. Check it out after the break.
LinkedIn shows professional connections between people.
You need a job. Your ol’ fishin’ buddy Ben knows Jack, they went to undergrad together. Jack works with Kate at the firm Laser, Otter, Shovel & Tunic.
LinkedIn shows these connections. When you search for a job on LinkedIn, it shows possible connections at those jobs. And these connections aid in making contact regarding job searches.
You apply for a job at Laser, Otter, Shovel & Tunic, and Kate sees that You are connected to Jack via Ben. Kate thinks “Oh, we know the same people. And I met Ben at Jack’s Wookie Life Day party last year. ”
That’s pretty much it. As long as I can remember, I’ve always been told that being successful, or even getting chances to be successful, relies on connections and networking.
Sure, you can get lucky and get a break here or there without knowing the right people, but knowing people and making connections helps considerably.
Daniel J. Hogan is a geeky cartoonist and writer living in Michigan. Daniel is available for freelance writing and cartooning commissions (view his writing samples). This post contains affiliate links, unless it doesn't.