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LinkedIn – the Social Network for Professionals

LinkedIn – the Social Network for Professionals

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LinkedIn – the Social Network for Professionals
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Guy Kawasaki – How To Change The World [Note – Some text modified]LinkedIn – About Page | Press Coverage | Blog Updates
LinkedIn – The Social Network for Professionals
Searching for a job can suck if you constrain yourself to the typical tools such as online jobsboards, and networking with only your close friends. In these kinds of times, you need to use all theweapons that you can, and one that many people don’t—or at least don’t use to the fullest extent,isLinkedIn. 
[Source: Guy Kawasaki –How To Change The World]
 
What is LinkedIn ?
LinkedIn is an interconnected network of experienced professionals from around the world,representing 170 industries and 200 countries. You can find, be introduced to, and collaborate withqualified professionals that you need to work with to accomplish your goals. When you join, youcreate a profile that summarizes your professional expertise and accomplishments. You can thenform enduring connections by inviting trusted contacts to join LinkedIn and connect to you. Your network consists of your connections, your connections’ connections, and the people they know,linking you to a vast number of qualified professionals and experts.
Through your network you can:
* Manage the information that’s publicly available about you as professional* Find and be introduced to potential clients, service providers, and subject experts who come recommended* Create and collaborate on projects, gather data, share files and solve problems* Be found for business opportunities and find potential partners* Gain new insights from discussions with likeminded professionals in private group settings* Discover inside connections that can help you land jobs and close deals* Post and distribute job listings to find the best talent for your company
Latest LinkedIn Facts (Feb 2009)
* LinkedIn has over 36 million members in over 200 countries and territories around the world.* A new member joins LinkedIn approximately every second, and about half of our members are outside the U.S.* Executives from all Fortune 500 companies are LinkedIn members
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Step by Step Guide to Join and Learn about LinkedIn
 
 
Sources :
Guy Kawasaki – How To Change The World [Note – Some text modified]LinkedIn – About Page | Press Coverage | Blog Updates
What to do after joining LinkedIn ?
[Source: Guy Kawasaki –How To Change The World]
Increase your visibility.
By adding connections, you increase the likelihood that people will see your profile first whenthey’re searching for someone to hire or do business with. In addition to appearing at the top of search results, people would much rather work with people who their friends know and trust.
Improve your connectability.
Most new users put only their current company in their profile. By doing so, they severely limit their ability to connect with people. You should fill out your profile like it’s an executive bio, so includepast companies, education, affiliations, and activities.
You can also include a link to your profileas part of an email signature. The added benefit is that the link enables people to see allyour credentials, which would be awkward if not downright strange, as an attachment.Perform blind, “reverse,” and company reference checks.
LinkedIn’s reference check tool to input a company name and the years the person worked at thecompany to search for references. Your search will find the people who worked at the companyduring the same time period. Since references provided by a candidate will generally be glowing,this is a good way to get more balanced data.Companies will typically check your references before hiring you, but have you ever thought of checking your prospective manager’s references?Most interviewees don’t have the audacity to ask a potential boss for references, but with LinkedInyou have a way to scope her out. You can also check up on the company itself by finding theperson who used to have the job that you’re interviewing for. Do this by searching for job title andcompany, but be sure to uncheck “Current titles only.” By contacting people who used to hold theposition, you can get the inside scoop on the job, manager and growth potential.
Increase the relevancy of your job search.
Use LinkedIn’s advanced search to find people with educational and work experience like yours tosee where they work.
Gauge the health of a company.
Perform an advanced search for company name and uncheck the “Current Companies Only” box.This will enable you to scrutinize the rate of turnover and whether key people are abandoning ship.Former employees usually give more candid opinions about a company’s prospects than someonewho’s still on board.
 
 
Sources :
Guy Kawasaki – How To Change The World [Note – Some text modified]LinkedIn – About Page | Press Coverage | Blog Updates
How to make a proper profile on LinkedIn ?
[Source: Guy Kawasaki –How To Change The World]
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