By Terri Ottosen, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM, SE/A Region
LinkedIn is a professional networking site that allows you to discover like-minded people and join discussions on specific topics. In addition to marketing yourself professionally, job seekers can update their profiles and include activities and a full range of interests. However, there is the potential to go even deeper with this professional tool and connect with different interest groups.
Finding groups can be tough but it can be worth your while to seek out like-minded individuals and groups. LinkedIn is a vast network with over 50 million members and more than 16,000 IT-related groups alone. Under the Groups tab, you can search LinkedIn Groups using keywords. Searching the term “library” produced over 1400 potential groups. Joining these groups connects you to many people and allows you to start or participate in group discussions, which helps to keep you updated in the field.
Another great feature of LinkedIn is the ability to search for other groups you may like based on your existing contacts. There is also a Group Directory for searching. Some groups are open and others are members only, but each group that I’ve asked to join has readily accepted my request.
As Consumer Health Coordinator for the Region, I’m interested in a wide variety of consumer health and patient care topics. One of the classes I offer is the Canny Consumer, which contains a variety of resources in eHealth and patient informatics. I strive to keep informed of issues pertinent to the electronic medical record, health care reform, and the revolution of e-patients. If you’re also interested in consumer health or these topics, here are a few groups I have joined that you may be interested in:
If you are already a member of LinkedIn, please do explore the options for connecting with groups of people with your shared interests. It is still a great networking tool and a place to connect with your peers, but with a little effort, it can be customized and used as a tool for other aspects of your professional life and interests. You may even want to create a group yourself. For more information, please contact Terri Ottosen @ email@example.com.