Blonde's Eye View: LinkedIn and clueless
Angela Clarke tries to find her correct LinkedIn label
Friends, who clearly have no understanding what a writer does for a living, have endorsed me for "editing" on LinkedIn.
I can just picture my editor, and every other poor sub who's ever corrected my copy, bent double with laughter.
"Angela, an editor?! She can barely work an apostrophe. She doesn't even know what InDesign is." That's true by the way. Because I'm not an editor.
I've also been endorsed for "publishing". I have been published, I have never worked in publishing. Key difference that. At a push, and it's a big one, you could give me a thumbs-up for journalism. Though that's still misleading.
Journalists have training; you can win the Pulitzer Prize for executing it well - all stuff that barely registers when I spout about anything from frottage to fromage frais.
Calling myself a journalist feels insulting to the journalists I know. But, for the sake of argument, journalism does involve writing and being published by the press, so you could endorse me for it. Plus there's no category for my true talents - "pontificator of fluff" and "chocolate biscuit eating".
I'm not alone in having my online CV sabotaged by well-meaning friends and family. A pal's mum endorsed him for the insultingly infantile skill of being able to use Microsoft Word. He works for Google.
Haphazard LinkedIn professional plugs are like sending loopy Great Aunt Nellie as your advocate to a job interview.
While it's fine for your buds not to grasp your role, indiscriminate skills on your profile page look like you're the one who's clueless.
No-one wants a future boss to think they don't know their arse from their employment.
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