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LinkedIn is a social networking site that keeps the videos of your mates falling into bushes with facebook and instead focuses on building a professional network. The site puts you into contact with many professionals that you otherwise might never meet.
Comparisons done, it's time to talk LinkedIn. Firstly, it is incredibly easy to join, only requiring an email address and a password. It's free to sign up and once you do, it's all about filling in your profile. It is best to ensure that your profile is fully completed as this is when LinkedIn is at its most effective. The best way to think of your LinkedIn profile is to imagine it to be a resume/CV. You fill in your previous jobs, qualifications, interests etc - just like a CV.
Once you have a fully completed profile, you should start connecting to your friends and colleagues. It's pretty easy to import contacts from your email and this is a great way to build up a fairly large network relatively quickly. Once you start connecting with people, LinkedIn begins to suggest people it thinks you may know. This pops up to in the top right hand corner of your news feed and I have to say, I'm impressed with the large number of people it suggests that I do actually know. It suggests people based on who you email or if you have a large amount of mutual connections with someone. It is therefore, really easy to continue expanding your professional network.
A small negative I had at the beginning but quickly resolved, was the default email settings. When you first activate your account, LinkedIn will email you about literally anything. It took me a couple of days to remember to modify my email preferences but I'd suggest everyone does this straight away!
I've been using the basic account for the past couple of years and have only occasionally thought "I wish I had the premium account so I could do that..." Effectively, the basic account is more than sufficient for anything you'd need and I'd be surprised if you felt what it offered was inadequate.
Overall, although not perfect, it is by far the best professional networking website and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to progress their career. It requires very little input but the output can be very rewarding. It puts your CV into contact with a lot of potential employers that you just wouldn't have connected with before LinkedIn existed.
While most of us participate in the social networking through such websites as Facebook and Myspace, they might not always be appropriate. As the saying goes, don't mix business and pleasure, the same could be applied to online social networking. If you are looking for a place to connect with old, and new, colleagues Linkedin is just the right kind of a social networking website for you. It lets you put the personal nonsense aside and present yourself in a more professional manner, along with retaining your business image. Think of it as an extensive online resume.
The extensive search function will let you easily find past employers, employees, colleagues or companies you might have worked at. It is a great way to renew your contacts with people whom you've lost touch with.
Once you have found your old colleagues Linkedin has tools to help you keep in touch with them! It has a nice "mail" system which sorts messages by anything from group messages, to invitations, to recommendations, thus making it easy for you to sort your contacts.
Networking, through Linkedin, with your old colleagues doesn't only serve the purpose of bringing back memories of office talks. Chances are your old colleagues now have new colleagues and new connections. Use this to your advantage, let them open new doors and new opportunities for you.
The main advantage of using Linkedin.com to keep in touch with old colleagues is that it is catching on. Individual, as well as company profiles are all over the website and people take it seriously and actually pay attention. It also has the huge benefit of social networking, except now instead of looking for the big party on a Friday night you will be looking for that job opening next week, or getting in touch with your co-workers from previous jobs.
You can network with your coworkers, partners, employers and even have them write testimonials and recommendations which will show right on your profile. And its not needed to mention how helpful a good word, from those who have worked with you in the past, can be when looking for a job, especially in today's economy!
While keeping in touch with your colleagues has its obvious benefits you shouldn't network only with people you know. Broaden your horizons but don't spam. Say you are looking to work in journalism, join some of Linkedin groups based on writing. Add a company you are interested in and learn more about them, maybe get in touch with an HR person that has a Linkedin account. Maybe an old coworker shares the same business interests with you, join the group they are in and get introduced to new contacts.
Social networking for professionals is not the most obvious niche site but it is a very popular one at the moment. This is particularly the case with IT professionals. The site is also used by small or medium business to advertise themselves and network to gain leads for contracts etc.
The first major difference you notice is that their is a paid version of the site which is a model you never see with the more popular general purpose sites like facebook and myspace. I do not know how successful this model is for the site but I do not know anyone who has ever paid for it. The money gets you no ads and extra information about contacts so perhaps companies will pay the money.
The second difference is the tone of the site. Normally the tone on a social networking site is light hearted and full of pictures and games. This is the complete opposite where people are their to market themselves for jobs and to show how experienced they are to future employers and clients. This goes so far as most people do not have a profile picture which includes their face. In this respect the site is very impersonal.
The most useful part of the site for a user is to add yourself and affiliate yourself with your employer. Then this is used to advertise yourself with future employers or clients through uploading your CV. People who deal with you can leave you a review and advise others to use your services in the future or not.
LinkedIn is a site very much like Facebook but made for business. It's a social networking site but the friends (or contacts as they are on LinkedIn) don't tend to be the sort of people you'd tell about your drunken nights out and you certainly wouldn't post any pictures on there of you pushing a cow over at 3am on a Saturday night! If I haven't put you off so far, then read on to find out how to get involved.
To start with, you need to register. This is a very quick process and involves you putting your details in, including an email address. LinkedIn will then send you a confirmation email, you click on the link in there and you're now registered.
Once you are registered, you need to sort out your profile. Not getting a good profile is a mistake that a lot of people make and then they wonder why LinkedIn isn't working out for them. Imagine your LinkedIn profile as your CV. Instead of just listing where you've worked, you need to put some detail about what it is you've done at each company. You also need to put some sort of summary, which will appear just below your name on your profile and could go along the lines of, 'Bob is a prolific writer of reviews on both Ciao and DooYoo and he has earned many awards for his work'. Basically, sell yourself.
Finally, put a professional picture on your profile. A lot of people tend to omit this, or put their company logo on instead. If people want to do business with you online, they want a picture of you on there rather than a company logo. You wouldn't put a company logo on Facebook, would you? So why settle for a logo on LinkedIn?
The next step is finding connections (LinkedIn 'friends'). There are various different ways of doing this. Once you've got the companies that you've worked at on your profile, LinkedIn will automatically suggest people who have also worked there. Alternatively, you can search for people you might know. If you know a lot of people who work at Company XYZ, go to the top and type XYZ in the search box, making sure that you've got the 'People' tab on. Then scroll through, sending connection requests to the people you know. Another way is to join groups that state that they're 'Open Networking' groups. This means that they people in there will connect with ANYONE.
If you're job hunting, it's well worth joining some of the job groups, as well as getting your profile as complete and professional as possible. People do find you on there and one of those people could be your next employer.
Why, I hear you ask, would you want to be connected to a lot of people you don't know? Well, you might not be, but if you're going to be using LinkedIn as a tool for gaining more business, then the more people you're connected to, the more names you can see. If, for example, I was connected with everyone on here, if I did a search, I would be able to see the names of everyone on here and the names of everyone who's connected to the people who are on here. If you then become connected with one of those people, you can see everyone that they're connected with, if you do a search.
One thing about connections, specifically about asking people to connect with you. When you send the invitation, you need to select how you know you know that person, whether you've done business with them, you're in the same group as them or some other way. If you click the 'I don't know them' option, it won't send it. And on LinkedIn, someone that you've sent an invitation to has the option of clicking on the 'Do Not Know' button. Too many of these (I think it's three) and you get kicked off the site. You can then come back on by agreeing to the Terms of Business again, but too many times and you'll get banned permanently.
Once you're got some connections that you trust, it's time to get some recommendations. These appear on your profile for others to see so you do get the opportunity to accept them. If one isn't a recommendation that you wouldn't want others to see, don't accept it. The easiest way to get a recommendation from someone that you know and trust is to recommend them first. You'll find the button that enables you to do that on their profile.
Joining LinkedIn is free and to use most of it continues to be free, but if you're seriously using it for business, then I'd at least consider upgrading your membership. Benefits of upgrading include being able to see the full profiles of people who only want paying members to be able to see their profiles. When you do a search on people, you can only look at the first hundred if you're a free member. How many in the list you can see depends on what level of membership you've gone for. I would recommend using the free membership and seeing how you go first of all before shelling out on membership. It might not bring in any business, after all!
LinkedIn isn't all business, you can find some pockets of fun on there. As an example, I joined a group called Dude. It's mostly Americans but it's full of silly discussions and can brighten up my day, as the people on there are really friendly. Do have a look and join some silly groups, as well as joining some groups relating to what you do for business.
And that's it! You're practically done! There's a lot more to be found on LinkedIn but this gives you the basics. Get your profile 100% complete, get some connections and recommendations and join some groups. You're in!
A friend of mine sent me an invitation to join Linkedin and insisted I created a profile in order to improve my career.
Linkedin is a website where professionals keep in contact with each other, share information and discuss industry topics.
Linkedin offer a registration free of charge and a premium product. My experience so far has been restricted to the normal subscription.
Together with my colleague we created my profile. He had already helped other people and he gave me some suggestions on how to complete the information regarding my career. I decided to make my curriculum visible to anyone. This is because your profile page on Linkedin is effectively your career history.
I then sent him an invitation and added as a contact. Differently from websites like Facebook or Myspace, you do not have "friends" but contacts.
These can be people you know, or you had business related interaction (colleagues, suppliers, clients)
Next I searched for groups of like minded people. For example, in my case, having a background in design, I joined a couple of groups of people working in this industry.
Having been on Linkedin for nearly 6 months now, I realized that it has potential in terms of finding new contacts, but the normal subscription has limitations in the way you search. The premium service is much more expensive.
Nevertheless, I took something out of it. I managed to contact a couple of firms I did not know they exist and although at very early stage, this may lead to a career change.
I think Linkedin is worth signing up to if you are reconsidering your career path.
Linkedin.com is a social networking site for professionals. Unlike Facebook, MySpace, Bebo and the like, you don't really give information like hobbies, interests, post on your friends' pages or like and dislike things. Instead, it's more of an online address book for people you know and their jobs and job histories.
It's free to be a member and easy to sign up. Linkedin does recommend you only add people you have a good relationship with, which I assume is because you're giving personal details away like your place of work and job history. I prefer to keep the information I give to networking sites like this to a minimum, and so far I haven't add any problems, and I haven't had anyone I don't know adding me, which makes a nice change.
The design of the site is very simple and clinical looking, I suppose to give it a more professional field. You can easily add the places where you used to work, though you have to select a category for them. I was worried that I would be resubmitting the company I work for to a different category than everyone else (the list of options is very comprehensive), but I ended up being in the same one so I thought that was quite well done.
It's a good way to keep up with people you haven't seen for a while, so if you ever need them or can recommend them to someone else it's easy to do so. Like other networking sites it's also good to have a nosy. 'Hmmm, didn't realise she had that degree mark' or 'hey, I didn't know he used to work for them' are common thoughts for me as I nosy round! Many employers like to use Linkedin to check up on people, and there's not really much point keeping your details that private if you want to find contacts and allow them to find you. Apparently Linkedin is also used a lot by head hunters and recruiters, but I'm yet to experience that! At the moment though my profile isn't fully filled out, I don't have that many contacts (maybe 20 or so), and I'm not looking for a job so that's all fine with me.
As with any other social networking site there is an undercurrent of popularity measures. People are always keen to have more contacts than you, and as such random people have added me who I have seen around at work but not really spoken to. This doesn't really bother me to be honest, though sometimes I do feel it's because people want to up the number of contacts they have or have a nosy at my details.
Linkedin also works in a kind of 'degrees of separation' format. A contact you add who accepts you will be listed as '1', and then if they have a contact you don't have, that contact will be listed as '2'. So basically it's an easy way to see if you have contacts in common and how many degrees of separation you are away from them.
All in all, I think this site is still developing and has a lot of potential as it grows bigger, but it will always have a limited audience of professionals. Having said that, it's incredibly useful for consultants and entrepreneurs to build up and maintain contact information, so for some job fields it's far more valuable than others.
Linkedin is a website designed to keep professional people connected.
You probably heard of websites like Facebook or Myspeace, where people keep in touch with thier friends.
For people who have a profession, it is equally important to keep in touch with colleagues, clients, suppliers, headhunters, and so on.
This is what Linkedin is designed for.
The layout is relatively simple. The first thing you will do is to create your own profile and then upload your CV. You can only upload one photo of you. After you have done so, you can import your contacts from Yahoo, Gmail, Aol and Hotmail, and/or send them an invitation to link with you.
You can choose to make your profile public or hide your name. 99% of the people do not hide their name since the whole point of linkedin is to be there to see and bee seen by those who are in the same industry as you.
The main idea behind Linkedin is to share and recommend. You can get in touch with people you want to reach through your contacts, asking for an introduction.
So far I have passed over few requests for introductions, but I never had the need to be intriduced to anybody.
Linkedin also allow you to search for people in a specific area or in a specific firm, which is quite a powerful tool for Headhunters.
Being headhunted is also one of the reasons why you may want to be on Linkedin.
I get regularly approached by Headhunters.
Finally, you can join a group of like minded people, for example, if you are an architect, select "architect" in the field for group searching and browse to see if any group appeals to you.
The reason why you may want to do this, is to be updated on industry trends and also to check the job board.
Linkedin is surely a good resource for anybody who has a profession
You may not have heard of Linked In, It's all Twitter My Face and Spacebook. But 40 Million people worldwide have heard of it.... where have you been!
I have now got myself a new job as a job searcher for an outplacement company. One of the things we are teaching our candidates to use and grow to love is Linked In. Linked In is a professional networking site. You will hear that between 60 and 90% (depending on who you talk to) of jobs are gained through networking, and the rest through adverts and agencies. A shocking statistic if you are only looking for jobs in the papers.
Linked In is like a grown up's Facebook, while not being a Facebook fan myself (or any social networking for that matter), I was given the Linked In presentation at work, and have not looked back. It is easy to navigate, easy to understand and it helps people more than a newspaper or an agency would. I struggled thinking of people who may be on Linked In, I'd never heard of it before, and no one I really knew talked about it (apart from at work). So on advice I sat and wrote a list of everyone I know. Family, friends, ex colleagues, current colleagues, associates.... the list goes on.
In two minutes I had a list of 30 people. A great start. Also they allow you to import your contacts from your address book on your e-mail, this is quick, painless and you can select who to send an invite to. From this list you can also see who is already 'LinkedIn'.
Linked In focuses on 3 degrees of contacts.
1. People who know you
2. People who know the people you know
3.People who know the people your 1st contacts know.
After you have invited people you know, you should get started on your profile, this is based around your CV (especially if you are job hunting). From there, the world is your oyster. It also has a jobs section, with jobs athat are exclusive to Linked In, you can also see if you are connected to the hiring managers by someone you know - hence the networking aspect. You can join groups, old companies you have worked for, associations, trade unions, and even jobs for the industry or type of work you do (HR, Marketing, SAP etc). This gets you into groups of people who may be able to help you. There are discussion forums where people are more than happy to help.
The key differences are
-On Facebook you can add photo's and write on friends walls, on LinkedIn you edit and publish what you think should be there
-You can only add one profile photo on Linked In
From your list of contacts you will be able to see who your contacts know and then be able to contact them through your connections, this may help you tell what your interviewer is like, or who the best person is to approach for a specific type of job.
As you can tell, I love it, it is easy to use, clear and has a great customer service section. You get replied to within a couple of hours when you hit the help key, whcih is a lot more than most internet sites these days. The replies are not robot speak- they answer you and your question like a real person. It is a professional way to get yourself across to someone who hasn't met you yet. Recruiters and hiring manangers will check Facebook and other online sites to check you are 'ok'. When they come across something as special as Linked In it adds kudos to your application, especially if you have all important recommendations.
This is not a site to collect friends, your connections should be people who could help you find a new job. You should nourish your connections and take it seriously. Otherwise you will be bored. It's also a way to find information about people you may be interviewed by, so this is a good tool for everyone. I have 43 good connections, this reaches me out to over 300,000 people (over the 3 degrees) who may be able to help me with queries or finding a new job, or helping someone else find a new job.
I bagged one of my jobs by responding to an add on this site and thought I would do up a thankyou writeup for linkdin.com
It is a jobs site which is relatively easy to use and navigate around and not get lost .
You do have to register first to get access to any of the features out there though . I did have a few spasm after joining up this site but I am not entirely sure if registering with the site was the cause as they seem to be quite a strict site (no popups, adds, no attached frills etc)
**The site clearly categorises what sort of help it can provide in two categories which I have put down as best as I could :
A) To find:
[mostly for the seller/employer]
With informations about --
+Finding consulting or contracting positions
+Reconnecting with colleagues you've lost touch with
+Hiring employees or contractors
+Selling products or services to companies
+Investigating deals with companies
+Finding information about industries, products, or companies
+Finding professionals interested in your new venture or product
B) To be found:
[mostly for the buyer/employee/jobseeker]
With information regarding--
+Messages from friends or colleagues trying to reconnect with you
+ Requests to provide a reference for a past or present coworker
+ Career opportunities
+ Contract or consulting offers
+ Inquiries about a position with you or your company
+ Deal proposals for my company
+ Relevant requests for expertise about industries, products, or companies
+ Proposed discussions about new ventures or products.
Once you have registered they provide you with a sort of web- page exclusive for your needs and you can send receive mails through it related to jobs mostly.
One irritating feature is every time you want to look up jobs that are in related fields you have to put in a fresh search as it allows selection of only one very closely matching field of expertise(eg you can only look up something in biotechnology and not in bio-medical sciences research or plant-molecular biology).
I did have a few spasm after joining up this site but I am not entirely sure if registering with the site was the cause as they seem to be quite a strict site (no popups, adds, no attached frills etc)
** Plus point:
The best feature of this site is that it has very high security , which is an added bonus if you want to sneak out of the job you are already doing without the bosses getting an idea of what you are upto , specially if you are job hunting on your office computer at lunch time.
Does have a good data bank from employers/companies.
**In my opinion :
This a good free online job-hunting site but since I have never been in the shoes of the employer I wouldn't really be able to say how it works out from the employer's side.
I didn't have to wait long to receive interview calls from prospective employers and I kept receiving a few more calls for jobs even after I had joined the one I had liked , till I personally sent in a request for the flow to be stopped , so I think it was worth signing up with the site.