Why Medical Simulation Champions Should Have a LinkedIn Profile
LinkedIn is the leading online community for working professionals which lets you:
- Build your professional identity online and stay in touch with colleagues and classmates.
- Discover professional opportunities, business deals, and new ventures.
- Get the latest news, inspiration, and insights you need to be great at what you do.
There are many great reasons to build a LinkedIn account, the first of which is the ability to easily build, update and share your CV. You can even request and display recommendations and endorsements from your supervisors and peers. But don’t think of LinkedIn as just an online resume – you can build networks of simulation champions by connecting with coworkers, colleagues and affiliations. There are about 20 medical simulation groups on LinkedIn with memberships ranging from 300 to 2,000. Both SimGHOSTS and INACSL now use LinkedIn groups as their primary means of community-wide discussion groups (replacing forums or list-servs). Many other clinical simulation organizations have LinkedIn groups as well including ASPiH, SSH, IPSS, Laerdal and more. Basically, if you don’t have LinkedIn and aren’t connected to these groups – you are missing MOST of the global online conversation taking place daily about medical simulation. And oh, did I forget to mention it’s free?
Here are some interesting statistics about LinkedIn:
- Total Number of LinkedIn Users: 277 million (84 million US)
- 187 million unique visitors to LinkedIn monthly
- 200 conversations take place every minute
- 2 new LinkedIn users every second
Articles to back me up, and help you build or update your LinkedIn profile:
Forbes.com: Recruiters Say: Avoid LinkedIn At Your Peril – “Why be on LinkedIn in the first place? Michelle Kedem, a partner at search firm On-Ramps, said there are two reasons: “First of all, if you want to be found by recruiters and have recruiters know who you are, you should be on LinkedIn. The flip side of this is if you don’t want to be an active job-seeker but want recruiters to know who you are, then you need to be the seeker and not the sought-after, which is tougher, especially if you have a full-time job.” “The second reason is that if someone tells me I should talk to (x person), the first thing I’m going to do is look them up on LinkedIn. Using LinkedIn, I can quickly figure out whether someone is worth speaking to, which saves me a lot of time.”
Forbes.com: Why Every Employee At Your Company Should Use LinkedIn – “Having your entire workforce use LinkedIn could become your company’s rocket fuel. Yet many employers block company computers from accessing LinkedIn. They’re afraid employees will look for a new job, be poached by a recruiter or waste precious work time socializing online. According to a recent study by Statista, 10% of U.S. employees are not allowed to use LinkedIn in the workplace because access is blocked. These companies are missing out on major opportunities to build business, increase loyalty and fortify employee engagement. Here’s how your company can benefit from a focused program that encourages employees to use LinkedIn … every day.”
GovLoop’s 7 Simple Dos for New LinkedIn Users – “For many people, expressed concerns about lack of time are often code for “I’m overwhelmed.” If they haven’t spent much time on LinkedIn, the task of updating their LinkedIn profile seems daunting, and they have no idea where to begin. LinkedIn makes each individual step pretty easy, and they provide lots of online help, but the volume of choices can make the overall effort hard to manage. Taking a “crawl-walk-run” approach and breaking the project down into three parts should help.”
Social Media Examiner: 12 Resources to Improve Your LinkedIn Profile – “Want to get noticed on LinkedIn? Do you have a LinkedIn profile, but want to improve it so you can get better exposure? Over the years, LinkedIn has evolved to include several elements that improve their users’ experience. If you want to use these elements to create a stronger LinkedIn presence, you’ve come to the right place. In this article I’ll share expert tips and resources that will help you create a killer LinkedIn profile that gets noticed.”
FastCompany.com: 6 Steps to Making a Killer LinkedIn Profile – “What you do with your LinkedIn profile can mean the difference between garnering views and job prospects and alienating potential employers. But before you even consider your strategies for interacting on the popular social media site, you must first look inwards–at the state of your profile. This infographic from social media agency Link Humans shows you how to stand out from the crowd and put your best profile forward.”
Finally, once you have LinkedIn all setup – be sure to join HealthySimulation.com’s Public LinkedIn Group as your first place to connect with fellow simulation champions!
Lance Baily, BA, EMT-B, is the Founder & CEO of HealthySimulation.com, which he started while serving as the Director of the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas back in 2010. Lance is also the Founder and acting Advisor to the Board of SimGHOSTS.org, the world’s only non-profit organization dedicated to supporting professionals operating healthcare simulation technologies. His new co-edited Book: “Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation: Operations, Technology, and Innovative Practice” is available now. Lance’s background also includes serving as a Simulation Technology Specialist for the LA Community College District, EMS fire fighting, Hollywood movie production, rescue diving, and global travel. He lives with his wife Abigail in Las Vegas, Nevada.