LinkedIn can do a lot more for your career than simply help you find work. Many people use LinkedIn to get hired to a new position, but the professional social network has more to offer. Even after you’ve found your new job, LinkedIn can be used as a professional development tool. With professional resources and networking opportunities available, LinkedIn is as valuable for job holders as it is for job seekers. Here are some of the professional development topics that LinkedIn can help with even after you’ve found a job.
LinkedIn allows professionals to share professional development resources and topics on the website. This means that any active LinkedIn user has access to webinars, articles, and videos discussing the development of various topics. There are several ways you can find professional development tools on the website.
LinkedIn Learning provides members with access to an enormous range of high-quality professional development content and courses. Topics range from productivity and time management habits, to courses on how to use certain programs, to marketing training.
LinkedIn Learning allows you to easily search topics that are useful to you, and take courses on your own schedule. There is no pressure or tight timetable, and you can develop the professional skills you value most. You can also display certificates on your LinkedIn profile after passing courses. LinkedIn Learning is one of the best, and easiest, ways to develop professional skills online.
Just because you have a job, it doesn’t mean you can’t continue to use LinkedIn for networking purposes. Reaching out to professionals in your industry (or other industries) can be a great way to pursue new professional development goals. Not only can this help you develop skills, but it is also a great networking opportunity for future connections.
You can even search for users who have developed and produced LinkedIn courses for further learning. Many of these professionals are eager to share their knowledge and experience with others who are willing to learn. LinkedIn is an easy and convenient social setting to reach out and start a dialogue.
Having a professional development plan can help any worker thrive and grow in their career. This has become especially true in recent years. Companies have turned their focus to "soft skills" and having a diverse range of abilities. Developing your skills, especially interpersonal skills, throughout your career is great for a few reasons.
First, as we have mentioned, it can be a boon for your professional development. Second, better interpersonal skills simply help on a day-to-day basis in the workplace. Skills like conflict resolution, critical thinking, and time management may seem small. However, perfecting each of these skills can often be the difference between a good work environment and a great one.
This brings us to another reason why LinkedIn is such an invaluable resource for pursuing your professional development goals. As industries evolve and new skills become emphasized, the LinkedIn community evolves too. As such, LinkedIn will always represent a place to go for current, up-to-date courses and resources for professional development topics.
At ASAP, we are here to help administrative professionals in any way we can. Professional development is an important part of what we offer to our members. From training resources, to PACE Certification, to professional networking events, ASAP is committed to helping you grow in your career.