Boy Scout Tip for PMPs Today’s Times

By Tom Kellen

An unknown philosopher once said, “May you live in interesting times”, and I would say that these days certainly qualify.  When I hear the news, I am reminded of my days as a Boy Scout and the motto “Be Prepared.”  That is what today’s tip is about, when times are “interesting”, it’s always good to be prepared.

One of the best ways to be prepared is to make sure that you are actively networking and keeping your eyes open for new opportunities.  A great place to do that is LinkedIn.com.  If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile yet, I would highly recommend it.

In addition to helping you create an on-line profile that is sort of like an on-line resume, LinkedIn offers you the ability to join “Groups” of like minded individuals.  When you join a LinkedIn group, you will see a row of tabs across the top of the window directing you to where you can have discussions, see news that is of interest to the groups, and there is also a “Jobs” tab.  That is one of the places that I would suggest you watch for those opportunities.

I did a search in the LinkedIn Groups area for “Project Management” and the search returned 1,219 hits.  That’s a LOT of groups.  The first group in that list had nearly 50,000 members in the group and the second had over 26,000.

If you take a couple of minutes to set up a LinkedIn profile and then join a few groups in your areas of interest you will automatically be connected to thousands of your peers and people with similar interests.  Jump on in and start a few discussions and join those already going on.  If you are in the market for a new job, keep watch on those “Jobs” tabs.  One of the groups I’m a member of has 22 posts in the “Jobs” area.  Even if you’re not actively looking for a job right now, it’s a great idea to watch this area because you never know when the perfect opportunity might pop up.

OK PMPs, go forth, log in, join up and Be Prepared for these “interesting” times!


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