For nearly a decade I’ve been trying to get my LinkedIn life together. I’ve shared on this blog before that I’m LinkedIn lame. And I’m pretty sure that sleeping on the power of LinkedIn and how it can help freelance writers has been one of my biggest social media mistakes.
I first had this thought back in 2012 when the editor of a local news website contacted me about being a contributing features writer for her publication. I was honored, obviously, but also curious. I wanted to know how she’d learned about me and my work. Her answer surprised me: she found me through LinkedIn.
My initial thought was, “Wait. I have a LinkedIn account?” At the time I was very active on Facebook and Twitter, but would go weeks, even months, without logging into LinkedIn. (These days I mostly hang out on Instagram or in my Facebook group.)
After this happened, I quickly polished my profile and cringed at the thought that I probably could have landed many other freelance writing gigs had my profile been up to par. And, in fact, I did receive messages from other editors shortly after.
Then I abandoned my poor LinkedIn account once again.
Over the past year or so I’ve gotten better about checking my LinkedIn messages and posting updates, but I’m still not getting the most out of LinkedIn and, frankly, I’m not sure how.
Enter Taylor K. Medine.
Taylor is a freelance personal finance writer who writes for businesses and for big-name publications like USA Today and Business Insider. And Taylor says when it comes to finding freelance work, “LinkedIn is bae.”
So I signed up for her email list so I could watch her free class, “Finding and Attracting Writing Clients on LinkedIn.”
I learned a lot. I learned that LinkedIn should be a priority for freelance writers because it’s a social media platform where editors go looking to do business. I learned I should use keywords in my profile headline and description to make myself more attractive to editors. And I learned that I should use LinkedIn to send pitches.
But I still had lots of questions. I wanted to know what else I could do to stand out on LinkedIn. I wanted more advice on pitching through LinkedIn. And for the sake of my See Jane Write community, I wanted some LinkedIn tips for new writers, too.
So I reached out to Taylor and asked her to do a live Q&A on LinkedIn for the members of the See Jane Write Collective. And if you’re not a member, don’t fret. You can purchase access to the session for just $25. (If you are a member of the Collective, you have free access to the session.)
It all goes down Thursday, January 28 at noon CT. There will be a recording. And if you can’t make it live, you leave your LinkedIn questions in the comments of this post and I’ll be sure to get them answered during the session.
If you’re a freelance writer looking to get linked up with LinkedIn, let’s do this! Register for Boost Your Freelance Writing Career with LinkedIn.
Thanks, Javacia! I need to step my LinkedIn game up, too! Same here, it has been a battle for years. I signed up for both! Looking forward to learning more.
I hope you found the Q&A helpful!