LinkedIn.com is a Social Networking Website for Professionals. According to the website there are over 200 million people on LinkedIn.com who use it to find new job opportunities and stay connected with others from the industry.
In today’s rough economy having a well mended CV is an important step of getting a job interview and hopefully the job itself. But things have changed, the good old paper CV is not longer attractive to employees, who have moved, like everyone else as a matter of fact, in the online environment. That’s exactly the thing the social network LinkedIn exploits when attracting its users. The company has managed to become in a very short while the number one social network for businesses and perspective job owners. So now having a great LinkedIn profile greatly improves your chance of being spotted by employees and being called in for an interview.
LinkedIn was launched in May 5, 2003 and its CEO is a former Yahoo! employee named Jeff Weiner. This Professional networking website is used by millions of users from USA, India, UK, Brazil, Canada and other countries from around the world.
Getting a LinkedIn account is very easy, just sign up with your real name, email and password. The social network will then ask for permission to sync the information from your email client with your newly created account. Then you’re off building yourself your virtual CV.
Doing so it’s not very different from adding interests and books you like on Facebook, so for those of you who are already accustomed to social networks, getting started should not be a problem. Start by filling up the Basics: where are you located at the moment, which industry you have some experience in and you want to continue with. You can either choose to Save or Skip every step.
Use this link to search for new jobs or if you are an employed recruit someone today: http://www.linkedin.com/job/guest and if you want to register on LinkedIn then follow this link: https://www.linkedin.com/reg/join.
Then you move on to filling out your work experience. Add the place you currently work at, if you work. You will then be asked to enumerate all the jobs you held before the current moment by providing the Job Title and the Company. Also explain what your responsibilities are within the company and what are you in charge of.
Step three of profile completion consists in you filling out the schools you attended. As you know as with every CV, you should start by adding your High School then move on to University and specialization and then grad school (master, PhD levels).
Add a picture of yourself to personalize the profile. Keep in mind that for some employees seeing the face of the perspective employee might be an important thing, so try uploading one in which you look nice but also professional and reliable.
The last step consists of adding your Skills and Expertise. Maybe you know JAVA or maybe you are a master of Photoshop, this is the place where you should boast about it. People in your friend list can also Endorse your skills. The more you have the better.
After your profile is complete or fairy complete you can really start taking advantage of the benefits of LinkedIn. For example there’s a whole Jobs section where you can look for the position of your dreams, searching by keywords, job title, location and postal code.
LinkedIn provides valuable opportunities for professionals looking for jobs, but also for a way to communicate and interact in the online environment. Are you on LinkedIn.com yet?
Being a new user on this website might not be not that easy to use for many people, so here is a link which guides you on How To Use LinkedIn.com the right way.
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