There’s no denying that online social networks are powerful tools, for non-profits and for our volunteers. And while it may seem like some social networks are mostly about cats, or pictures of food, LinkedIn has a special place in professional networking.
LinkedIn is a site where professionals can highlight their work experience and expertise. Here at Spark, we use it to look for new volunteers, especially with LinkedIn’s “raised hand” feature, which lets LinkedIn users indicate that they’re willing to volunteer their skills through pro bono help.
One feature that is also quite helpful, both for us as we consider who to contact about a volunteer opportunity, or for potential employers, is the Recommendations feature. You can use it to give a personal recommendation to someone you’ve worked with, or someone who did work for you, such as through a Spark match. It’s a simple but powerful tool, and an easy way to give public recognition for the good work someone’s done.
If you’ve received help from a Pro Bono Consultant through Spark, I strongly encourage you to consider providing a personal recommendation using this feature. Not sure how to do it? Check out LinkedIn’s How do I recommend someone? article to learn how.