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May 30, 2011

Are You LinkedIn?

If you are, or ever expect to be in a job search, and the reality is, who isn't? I can't imagine a better resource for networking and maintaining contact than...

...LinkedIn.

You may have heard about LinkedIn lately. They just had their IPO (initial public offering) in the stock market. But you don't need to buy any stock - or even pay anything - to use LinkedIn.

I have used LinkedIn for several years now, and I find it a great way to keep in contact with friends, family and a variety of other people no matter where they may be in the world.

You can use LinkedIn to post a resume', search openings, attach links to your websites or online articles and postings, or you can join alumni and professional groups and associations.

I would encourage you to join LinkedIn and poke around the groups that might fit where you are working or lead you to your next move.

Here are just a few of my recommended groups; for a summary of current news directly oriented for beginning English language learners, I suggest that you look at Breaking News English http://breakingnewsenglish.com/.

For a constantly changing and personal view on learning English try Trippin at http://www.tripppin.com/.

For a group that acts as an umbrella group - with lots of intriguing subgroups, take a look at English Language Services Professionals at http://www.linkedin.com/in/englishprofi.

One great feature of LinkedIn is that if you find a group you want to join, LinkedIn will have a link to similar groups.

Once you are a member of one of these groups, you may find links or opportunities that might help you either personally or professionally. For example, if you, like me, have all kinds of books that you no longer want and have a list of books you are looking for, consider trading your books through a site like http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/using-paperbackswap-to-build-your-library/33504?sid=wc.

Or if you would like to teach English in Indonesia,take a look here http://englishprofi.com/English-Jobs/Job-Teacher-Trainer-0000000111.html.

Let us know what links or other resources you find useful. We are all learning. And sharing makes our journey much richer.

About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle). Morf spent about six years working for a Native American Tribal College, a few years teaching various humanities, English, writing and ESL courses with the community college system in Washington State (including one year as part of a faculty exchange program with The Beijing Foreign Language University). While in China, Morf was briefly a radio host for CRI (China Radio International) and did recordings for the "English can be enjoyable" book and tape series. Morf currently teaches English and writing for a local technical/vocational college with many international students. Morf prefers international and independent films, foods he can't pronounce, music no one else likes and unlikely and ridiculous situations.

Posted by mmorf at May 30, 2011 08:55 PM

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