What are you reading?

LinkedIn now has a “Reading List by Amazon” application.  If you add it to your profile, you can let people see what books you are reading, have read or are planning to read.

Look through the recent updates of your network or of the entire LinkedIn for that matter. Look through their reading lists.  People read nothing but business, management, technical, self-help and an occasional biography  books — in short, non-fiction”smart” books.  Nobody, almost not a single person, is willing to  admit to reading a crime thriller or the latest paperback smut novel.  We are supposed to be too important, too busy to have time to read fiction, which will not help us advance in our professional development.  Or, LinkedIn being a “professional” social network, nobody wants to show their personal side and admit to reading for fun.

Most likely, it’s a combination of both.  Some are proud to be too busy to read, they certainly don’t have time to read for fun.  And that’s fine.

But if you do read for fun, why not share it?  What are you afraid of?  People won’t think less of you.  It is OK to show a bit of your personality to the world.  It’s OK to be defined by something other than your resume.  People may appreciate knowing a different side of you, something more than a list of awesome jobs you had and schools you went to.  And it just might make YOU stand out just a bit from all the people with the same titles, jobs and certifications as you.

So go ahead, if you’re reading something fun, let others know.  And let me know.  I’m always looking for a good book to read next.

P.S., now if only LinkedIn were to figure out how to tie their application to my Amazon account and pull my books from there.


More Lotus-related jobs are being advertised

If you are on LinkedIn and are a member of some of the Lotus-related groups, you should be receiving emails notifying you of new group discussions.  It seems that in the last few weeks there’s been a surge in new Lotus-related jobs being advertised on the forums.  Admittedly, a large number of these sound like mid and long term contract positions, but they are positions and openings never the less.

I don’t know about you, but I’m reading this as a positive sign, a sign of change.

And of course, if you’re actively looking for a job and you’re not on LinkedIn, you really should be.  These jobs and positions are not listed in your weekend classifieds.

A group for Lotus Professionals of Chicago on LinkedIn

There’s a new LinkedIn group for Lotus Professionals in Chicago.  If you are a Lotus Professional in the greater Chicagoland area, please join the new LinkedIn group created just for us! Administrator, Developer, User, IBMer … everyone is invited to join!

Special thanks to John Head for setting this up.

How to use LinkedIn to monitor what is said about your company

If you don’t know what people are saying about your company, you probably should.  Whether it is good or bad, it pays to pay attention and react.

Now LinkedIn makes it easy to stay on top of what people are saying about your firm on Twitter with a new application called Company Buzz.  In addition to tracking your company name, you can track any topic that is of interest to you.  If you’re on LinkedIn, here’s a link to configure the application for yourself.

And while you’re there, check out the other applications on LInkedIn, like the application to display your WordPress blog entries in your LinkedIn profile.