Career Development With LinkedIn Learning for Library

Created by Linda Tripp, collection development librarian

LinkedIn Learning for Library bridges the gap between the career you want and the skills you need. Best of all, it’s available 24/7 with your SCLSNJ library card, and you can watch or listen to courses offline using a mobile device. Those just starting their careers and seasoned professionals alike can take advantage of thousands of courses and videos taught by global experts in business, creative and technology fields. If you are new to LinkedIn Learning, here are some strategies and tips to get started. 

If you are the type of person who always reads the manual . . . 

  • Begin by watching How to Use LinkedIn Learning. This introductory course clocks in at 43 minutes and explains how to find the best courses to take using recommendations, search tools, and learning paths. It also covers specifics on using the training videos, transcripts and exercise files, and how to customize your learning experience. Explore Gaining Skills with LinkedIn Learning to discover your learning style and how LinkedIn Learning can help you set and achieve your personal and professional goals, plus discover which skills are in demand.

If you are the type of person who prefers to just jump right in . . . 

  • Enter your query by typing it into the search box at the top of the page where it says “Search for skills, subjects, or software.”  For example, you’ve heard that it’s important to have an elevator pitch to use when telling others about yourself, your business or your cause. The problem is that you have no idea how to go about creating one. A search for ‘elevator pitch’ returns 158 results regarding either creating an elevator pitch or related professional networking topics. Results can be sorted by ‘Newest’, or by ‘View Count’ to show the most popular videos. In this example, over 97,000 people liked the most-viewed video: Delivering an Authentic Elevator Pitch which outlines how to make a powerful first impression. The 38-minute video explains how verbal and nonverbal behaviors can influence the way people react in an initial meeting, whether in person, over the phone, or online. As with many LinkedIn Library videos, supplemental material is available for download. In this case, a three-page worksheet for creating and perfecting a personal elevator pitch.

If you are the type of person who needs to get the lay of the land . . .  

  • Click on Browse (to the left of the search box) then narrow your focus by selecting one of the three main course categories: Business, Creative, or Technology. For example, if Business is selected, you will see 13 topics including Career Development, which is further subdivided into Career Management, Job Searching, and Personal Branding. Filtering options are available at the top of the page, so you can select the type of content: courses, videos, audio, or learning path. Filter by level of difficulty, from beginner to intermediate to advanced, or by how much time you have, from less than 10 minutes to more than three hours.

If you are the type of person determined to chart your course completely . . .

  • Learning Paths are a collection of courses that focus on certain subjects, such as finding a job, developing soft skills, or learning a new software. They contain videos, tutorials, and exercises that can help you learn valuable skills to enter a new career or advance in your current one. Filter any search or after browsing to find more than 500 learning paths in Business, Creative and Technology fields, ranging from two to 23 hours.

No matter which approach you take, LinkedIn Learning for Library can prove invaluable to help you obtain – or perfect – the skills you need to grow your network, write a resume, interview, get a job, and get promoted. Up next week: Developing Professional Skills with LinkedIn Learning. (And if you missed it, here’s last week’s post about certification prep courses.)