I have a question regarding LinkedIn for developers.
How do you usually use LinkedIn effectively? How do you get out of your comfort zone and network with others using LinkedIn? Can anyone provide some tips & tricks?
The answer to this question totally depends on where you are at in your coding journey and where you are trying to go.
I read somewhere that you should and I followed this for a while. If I meet someone cool or interesting at a class, meetup, hackathon, and online event, and we hit it off, I’ll just add them.
Presently, I mostly use LinkedIn as an inbox for incoming messages and a place to stay connected with people I’ve met in the space. Quite a few of my former coworkers/classmates/former students went on to work at dope places like Nuro, Oculus, OpenAI, and they sometimes share cool industry insights and even job posts. I might use LinkedIn more if I’m looking for a job or have stuff to advertise.
I also like Twitter as a tool for fun and for networking. I’m also on Dev.to, Reddit, Hacker News, Stack Overflow.
How do you get out of your comfort zone and network with others using LinkedIn?
Hmm, this is a great question. As an introvert, this is an area that I also struggled with this until around 6 years ago when I really needed a job. I started asking for help and soon after became a classroom teacher. That forced me out of my comfort zone.
If your goal is to get your first internship as a high school student (looking at your forums profile), then I would suggest finding 10 startups in your city and just DMing 20 people with a short and sweet message asking to get a chat over zoom about your portfolio, about your resume, career advice, or even an intern position. Be sure to take the time to tailor your message to each person!
In question #5 in the below article, I share my advice for learners. Check it out!