Group Pontification

March 4th, 2008 | by Jason Alba |

I created a LinkedIn Group last week for careerists. I’m not talking about career coaches, and resume writers, and recruiters. I’m talking about all of us who may be managing our own transition in the next, oh, 30 years. I did it for two reason:

  1. One of my users asked me to, and
  2. I figure since I wrote the book on LinkedIn, I should move from philosophical to practical with regard to groups.

It has over 100 members in just a few days. I’m not sure what to think about it. The process was easy. The biggest question I have, for group members, is SO WHAT??? I hope to answer that question over the next few weeks or months. I’ll blog about the #1 value to me as a group owner, but that’s for another post (and it’s probably not what you are thinking … in fact, it’s not what I thought it would be).

You can see (and join) the group here: http://www.linkedin.com/e/gis/59081/1F17FB5A29C0

JibberJobber group on LinkedIn for career management people (that’s you!)

Also, I should mention, one of my partners, Barbara Safani, asked me to put a Facebook Page up for this book. So here it is, in it’s infancy! http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-book-on-LinkedIn/22427981168

Feel free to join either group!

  1. 4 Responses to “Group Pontification”

  2. By Thomas E. Kenny on Mar 7, 2008 | Reply

    Thanks for setting up the JibberJobber group! It’s a great idea.

    I think there is value in joining groups as it is just another way of expanding your network by finding individuals with common interest.

    One difficulty about groups has been finding out what groups exists. One good site I found was http://www.linkedingroupsdirectory.com/
    I wish LinkedIn would have a complete list or a search capability for their groups. If anybody knows of any other LinkedIn group directories maybe you can share those links via a comment here! (Jason, I hope you won’t mind.)

    One unexpected side effect of joining groups I’ve noticed is getting a sense of who in your network is paying attention to your profile. Often within a few days after I join a group I’ll notice some of my first degree connections also join that group. Coincidence? I think not…

  3. By Donna Sweidan on Mar 15, 2008 | Reply

    Hi Jason,

    Its funny to see you pontificating about the exact same issue..re groups.. They are way to easy to join, and then, yes, you land up with the Now what? question.
    I did in fact start a local Linkedin.. the NY/ CT Network, with the hope of making it come alive, YES.. a real, in person meeting!!) although, time has not permitted that to happen yet… however, one of the suggestions I make to people, especially those looking for work, or to expand their networks, groups are probably a good way to go.. Would love to hear your thoughts.
    Thanks for all the info you share on this stuff!! I have learnt a tremendous amount!

  4. By Donna Sweidan on Mar 15, 2008 | Reply

    ps… Interestingly I also just posted a question on linkedin about finding out how to find the groups that exist.. but I think I have found my answer, thanks!

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