Bob DuCharme is Linked In
I'm in LinkedIn (as Eliot Kimber), mostly because it seemed harmless enough and most of the people I work with or recently worked with at Innodata Isogen are in and why not maintain those connections? But I haven't really done anything with it.
So far in my career I've never had to work particularly hard to find a job--I sent out four resumes as a senior in college and one of them got me hired at IBM. I worked there for 10 years. When I realized it was time to move on, the first guy I asked about a new job said "sure" and I was suddenly working for a start up (Passage Systems. When that startup started going castors to the ceiling, I had already met Carla Corkern, one of the founders of ISOGEN, and was negotiating salarly (and that was nearly 10 years ago now--I joined ISOGEN in November of 1996). And that's my complete post-college work history (before that I had a series of food-service jobs and one two-week stint as a mover).
So should I ever decide I have to get a new job for some reason, I'm not sure I know how to go about it, especially considering that I don't have quite the same personal and family flexibility I did then nor do I have the same visibility in industry, having been less active at conferences and on public fora then I was at that time. And I haven't published a book either (not that I didn't try, but that's another story). Now I have outrageous salary requirements, I don't want to travel too much (being a new dad), I'm not moving from Austin (of course I wasn't then either, so that's not different, but I was willing to commute to San Jose or Dallas from Austin--not so much now), and so on. Much harder to find a job that will fit under those circumstances.
So maybe this LinkedIn thing isn't such a bad idea....
Anyway, Dr. Macro says check out Bob's blog, read his books, and so on.