Loving LinkedIn

Whether you’re currently working, looking for a job, or managing staff, LinkedIn is a professional social networking site that I highly recommend to everyone.

Readers have asked me before if there is a fee to join LinkedIn, and I am happy to report that there is not. Sure, you may want to enhance your personal profile with some of the added bells and whistles that come with a cost – but that’s purely up to you. I’ve found, from my own experience, that LinkedIn is an amazing way to connect with key contacts at businesses, reunite with colleagues or alumni, and keep a pulse on what’s happening in your local business environment.

I’d like to share a few quick reminders on how you can make the most out of LinkedIn, then will direct you to an article recently released on The Select Family of Staffing Companies’ blog, TradePost, that includes additional key points.

  • Connect with people you don’t know – Now as you probably know, this is the complete opposite advice you would receive about sites like Facebook (where you’re sharing personal photos, etc.) In the case of LinkedIn, the more people you connect with… from all types of places and industries, the more you are expanding your professional connections. You never know who people know – so as job seekers, for example, you may find someone in your network who knows the hiring manager at a company you are interested in! You can then ask them to introduce you.
  • Make slight tweaks to your profile – Every time you update your profile (this even includes connecting with new people), it automatically gets shared with the people in your network… keeping you top of mind without overtly tugging on anyone’s sleeve to get noticed.
  • Join groups and discussions – Voice your opinion about things. Express your knowledge or area of expertise. Doing so may position you as an expert or valued resource in your field.
  • Keep an eye out for the “People you may know” section – When you first create a profile, a great way to immediately establish a “network” is to import any and all contacts you may have set up in your personal or professional email account (such as Yahoo, for example). Please make sure that they aren’t already on LinkedIn, however; you don’t want to annoy them by sending them an invitation to a site they already visit often! Once these people have been added, you will soon see a list of additional folks “you may know.” It’s like an automatic people finder based on friends of friends. Once you connect with someone, you are now suddenly a 2nd or 3rd connection to everyone THEY know! Truly spreads like wildfire!
  • Keyword Searches – By simply using the search function that appears at the top right of the page, you can look for specific people, companies, and more. You can extend your search using the “advanced search” menu that appears to the left of your screen. Before you know it, you will have reached hundreds of businesses and thousands of contacts.

For more great tips and details, check out the LinkedIn User Manual brought to you by TradePost. Click here: http://tradepost.selectfamily.com/index.cfm/2012/2/1/A-LinkedIn-User-Manual

Happy Valentine’s Day!
Anita


6 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. kayjayschro
    Mar 04, 2012 @ 15:18:24

    I love linkedin! It’s so nice, especially to use as a student graduating in two months.

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  3. Jesse Campbell
    Feb 15, 2012 @ 13:22:51

    Love Linkedin and the discussion groups I belong to there….

    Reply

  4. Brenda Sandoval
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 13:18:48

    social services— How do i get more experience?

    Reply

  5. reyna
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 08:27:22

    When interviewing when is the best time to bring up pay I have 4 interviews waiting to see if I get my last and it has not come up. Only my least and what I top. Is that a good sign?

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    • anitaclew
      Feb 16, 2012 @ 16:30:17

      Hi Reyna.
      First off, congratulations on the job search success. 4 interviews is a great accomplishment! To answer your question…Yes, I think it is a very good sign. Salary and compensation is often a sensitive subject. I suggest waiting until the interviews are completed and let the potential employer bring up the pay piece. If they are serious about bringing you on, they will have to discuss this topic with you at the time they give you a formal offer. I hope this helps! Please remember that an employer is almost always willing to negotiate with you on your compensation. However, you must be able to explain why you’re worth it – and then prove it once on the job!

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