Pro Bono and Your Professional Profile
No doubt many avid readers of The PBEye are part of LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network with more than 135 million members, connecting you to contacts and helping you exchange knowledge, ideas, and opportunities. A relatively new feature allows volunteer junkies to show off their dedication and connect with others interested in the same type of work. LinkedIn recently added the “Volunteer Experiences & Causes” field so that members can highlight relevant volunteer experience. Pro bono is “real work” and a “key piece of your professional identity” that should be part of your professional profile.
If you have some end-of-the-year down time, why not spend some of it updating your LinkedIn profile with your pro bono experiences and pro bono organizations that you support to shine attention and add visibility, maximize the experience, and make connections with other pro bono aficionados.
Just follow these easy steps to add the “Volunteer Experience & Causes” field to your LinkedIn Profile:
- After logging in, click “Profile” at the top of LinkedIn
- Click the “Add Sections” hyperlink
- Select “Volunteer Experiences & Causes”
- Click the “Add to Profile” button and then fill out the applicable fields
You can also add PBI under “Organizations I Support” which will then become a hotlink over to our Pro Bono Institute LinkedIn page.
And, be sure to look for more information about a cutting-edge session on using social media to enhance pro bono that will be featured at our must-attend 2012 Annual Conference.