LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking site.
It was launched in May 2003 mainly used for professional networking and that’s where LinkedIn separates itself from the other social networking sites.
LinkedIn is a social network site where people can find jobs by creating an interesting profile and companies can find employees scanning these profiles.
In LinkedIn you can connect to other people based on the sort of relationship you have with them and the network shows these connections to other people and groups, so it works kind of like the Internet, from one link to another.
Thus, creating your profile, growing your network and interacting with other LinkedIn members may result in finding a job or hiring people.
Right now LinkedIn has more than 50 million users worldwide. Half of them are from the United States. India is the fastest growing country, China, no doubt, will follow soon.
In Europe 11 million use LinkedIn and it is very popular in The Netherlands with a 30% adoption rate per capita.
That proves that, since LinkedIn’s main purpose is to provide business opportunities for professionals from all over the world, they seem to do a very good job.
Since LinkedIn is a bit different, it’s very wise to setup your account well from the beginning.
Here are 9 short tips to start your LinkedIn account.
- Complete your profile as thoroughly as possible, and include interests, an avatar, and business information.
- Answer questions. Use your knowledge to your advantage by answering peoples’ questions thoroughly and expertly, and you’ll gain other users’ confidence.
- Be sure to explain your work experience in as much detail as possible. Don’t just list employers or experience, but instead expand upon it by showing others’ what you’ve done in detail.
- Have a plan in place when you begin to build your network, otherwise you may end up getting some contacts you don’t want, and not enough of the ones you do.
- Do not just be friends with people because they ask you to. It looks a little odd for a professional member to be friend with their partying buddies from college. Leave the casual online friendships to Facebook.
- Keep in mind the number of characters in profile fields are limited, so you may want to do a few practice runs first before publishing everything.
- Ask others within the community for advice. Since this site was designed for networking, people are usually more than willing to answer questions and give help.
- Compliment others and give them praise when you’re speaking to them, so that they reciprocate. It makes both of your profiles look much better and can increase your exposure and ratings.
- Do not only mention what you’ve done, but include what you’ve produced. Be sure to post results from your actions and include facts and figures if possible.
There you have it. Nine tactics to use LinkedIn in a professional way.
And if you want to connect with me, you can check out my profile, but I warn you, I’m very picky on who I add to my LinkedIn network. It’s just too valuable, so you’d better give me a great introduction and a good reason to accept you.
But that’s not all. I even have another 40 tips, all to get as much LinkedIn connections as you want.
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If you’re not familiar with LinkedIn, these tactics will short-cut your success! Implement any of these tactics to see bigger results!
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