LinkedIn is a professional networking site with over 500 million members in more than 200 countries who represent nearly 150 industries. LinkedIn is designed to help people make business connections, share their experiences and resumes, and find jobs. Despite a professional focus, LinkedIn is similar to most social networking sites based on principles of connecting to friends (or, in the case of LinkedIn, "connections,"), posting updates, sharing and liking content, and instant messaging other users.
A profile on LinkedIn features your professional abilities and experiences. For example, your profile becomes a resume, complete with work experience, accomplishments, recommendations, and referrals from colleagues.
Many employers will post their jobs or internships on LinkedIn. In some instances, a job will allow you to share your LinkedIn profile, saving you from entering in all your information manually.
If you're new to LinkedIn, learn how to set your profile and how to network and apply to jobs using your account.
Joining LinkedIn will expand your network significantly and create more work opportunities by allowing you to showcase your work experiences. A profile featuring your work achievements and recommendations from your work colleagues and clients will allow other companies to headhunt, and contact you, faster and more accurately.
Before connecting with a professional, ask yourself a series of five questions.
Do I know you?
Do I know someone who knows you?
Do I know your company?
Do you share industry insights I care about?
Are you in a geographic market where I do business?
If you can't answer "yes" to one or more of these questions, chances are the person won't accept your invitation to connect.
Following a company on LinkedIn allows you to receive updates on new developments, business opportunities, and job opportunities.
A few ways to improve your job search on LinkedIn is to create a completed and updated profile, connect with your connections, check out job search options, capitalize on your connections by asking for referrals and recommendations, and use LinkedIn company profiles to learn about employers.
Asking someone for a recommendation can be nerve-racking, so it's best to use a four-step process.
Develop your plan.
Send the request.
Send a thank you.
When you get the right recommendations from the right people and add them to your profile, you’re putting yourself in good company – while sharing compelling evidence of your talent.