LinkedIn – Your Essential Professional Networking Tool

LinkedIn – Your Essential Professional Networking Tool

Whether you’re looking for a new job or just looking to enhance your offline networking tactics, setting up a new profile or optimising your current profile on LinkedIn is the best place to start. LinkedIn has evolved and developed a great deal since its conception, and is now arguably the most widely used professional networking tool. With its convenient ‘InMail’ system, status update feature, abundance of professional online groups and advanced search features, LinkedIn is an incredibly diverse and powerful online networking tool for business professionals.

LinkedIn For the Job Hunter

If you’re job hunting, your primary focus should be on maximising your visibility to the right recruiters and prominent headhunters in your industry. Exposure is key, but ensuring that your professional image is represented in the right way is just as important. LinkedIn blends an online CV with networking capabilities which can be used during the job hunting process. Having a well-presented and highly optimised LinkedIn profile will allow headhunters and recruiters to find out more about you as a professional. For them, LinkedIn provides an incredible online resource of information, allowing them to be very targeted in their search for the perfect candidate.

However, they can only do generic version of viagra this once they have been able to find you. LinkedIn has a very powerful search feature allowing recruiters to conduct searches for individuals on LinkedIn using keywords, location, industry, company, seniority level and much more. Therefore, you need to ensure the most relevant keywords and any abbreviations used within your industry are utilised within your profile so you can appear for such searches. Achieving good visibility of your profile, however, isn’t just about your public profile and the information you provide about your professional experiences. It is also about how you interact with LinkedIn and connect with key industry experts who are utilising the platform. LinkedIn allows you to write status updates, similar to that of Twitter, Facebook and Google+, gives you the ability to share news, website links and any other relevant updates that you feel your connections would be interested to read. The LinkedIn Groups section is also a key area to build your presence as it allows you to join relevant industry groups or even create your own. Groups are a great place to meet others within a specific industry, connect with others interested in your areas of expertise and engage with other select groups of business professionals.

LinkedIn For the Networker

If you haven’t already taken advantage of LinkedIn’s powerful networking tools, or taken some tips from this post already, there are still many more ways to utlilise LinkedIn for business networking purposes and relationship development. Users can take advantage of the status update feature to invite connections for a face to what viagra looks like face meeting or informal chat on the day of a key industry event. @mentions and relevant #hashtags can ensure your messaging is highly targeted and hits the newsfeed of the relevant individuals and companies. It’s also important to remember to check your newsfeed regularly for any potential opportunities and check for any relevant updates, keeping you up-to-date with the day’s news.

Don’t be afraid to start a group yourself either. LinkedIn Groups allow people to connect and engage. Whether you’re starting a group for people with similar interests, within a specific industry, or within a company or specific location, ensure there is always some value of bringing people together. Use the group as a forum to pose questions or provide regular useful information which will encourage interaction and will help the group remain active amongst its members. For example, a telecommunications executive in the UAE could create a private group, inviting only those they know (and/ or can confirm are of the right seniority level, industry and location). Here, they can provide a place to discuss industry news, updates or issues and perhaps eventually arrange their own networking event or informal get together. The possibilities are endless and taking advantage of cialis tricare LinkedIn’s multiple networking capabilities is essential in the current online networking environment.

LinkedIn: The Next Steps

where can i get viagra samples Now it’s over to you to follow the easy steps to become a fully-fledged LinkedIn member:

Step One: Set up your profile if you haven’t already

Step Two: Ensure that your profile is fully optimised. Think carefully about the keywords you use when writing about your experiences – think how people would search if they were trying to viagra 50 find candidates and try to place these phrase naturally within your paragraphs. Pay attention to the profile progress bar at the top of your LinkedIn profile page and make sure it is ‘complete’.

Step 3: Try the search feature for yourself. Search for individuals or groups and connect with them

Step 4: Do you have a great idea for a group and know some perfect candidates to join? Then create your group and get the discussions started!

Be sure to let us know how you get on. We’d love to hear from you with any questions you have about LinkedIn during your job hunt or for networking tasks. Be sure to provide us some feedback!


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Emma

Emma is the Senior Relationship Manager at Career Intelligence. She is also the Agony Aunt for the Career Intelligence blog, helping with any questions or issues that expatriates moving abroad may have.

22 Comments

  1. Izzat Fadul Shareef
    May 14, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Thank you for gave me chance to make linked in , I have one Question !
    How can I Know my C.V Is plentiful?


  2. Sunil Kumar Ayyappan Santhamma
    May 14, 2013 at 9:29 am

    It’s a nice article, appreciated. More than seven years, I am actively on LinkedIn and having 4K+ connections. Actually, I am very happy with LinkedIn as Professional Networking Site, Facebook as Social Networking Site, and Twitter as Go Global (Presence) Networking Site. However, if you have any suggestion on my LinkedIn Profile (http://in.linkedin.com/in/sunilkumarayyappansanthamma), please do not hesitate to share with me. Cheers!


  3. Emma
    May 15, 2013 at 7:21 am

    Hi Sunil,

    Thank you for your comment and kind words.

    Your profile looks very good, and is well optimised, however it might be worth running through it and ensuring that your most recent, and the most important achievements have highlighted, instead of listing every achievement you have. Also, ensure that each description is to-the-point and relevant – listing all details might not be relevant.

    Do let us know how you get on! Thanks,

    Emma


  4. Emma
    May 15, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Hi Izzat,

    Thank you for your comment. You should find the below links helpful with updating your CV:

    http://www.careerintelligence.com/blog/how-do-i-develop-a-good-international-cv/

    http://www.careerintelligence.com/blog/updating-your-cv-career-coaching-tips/

    Please do let me know how you get along with this. Thanks,

    Emma


  5. Sunil Kumar Ayyappan Santhamma
    May 15, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Thank you Ms. Emma. I shall go through with the LinkedIn Profile. However, I have tagged this article “LinkedIn – Your Essential Professional Networking Tool” at LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Cheers!


  6. Majid
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    I have a page on LinkedIn Website.


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  10. John Heckart
    June 20, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    I am becoming more and more interested in your blog and Careerintelligence. I hope that I have my CV in the right search area and going to the right recruiters. I am very interested in going overseas to go to work a a Carpenter/Construction Superintendent. 35 Years in all phases of construction. Expert with blueprints and layout along with holding a certificate as a B2 IBC/ICC Commercial Building Inspector with OSHA 10 and 30 hr. certifications. I would appreciate your expertise in helping me to be on the right tract to meet the right people for me to become a part of the right team.
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  11. A.K.SINHA
    July 12, 2013 at 3:39 am

    It’s a nice article, appreciated. More than seven years, I am actively on LinkedIn and looking for job but so far not received any responses.


  12. A.K.SINHA
    July 12, 2013 at 3:41 am

    It’s a nice article, appreciated. More than three years, I am actively on LinkedIn and searching for job .My CV already on LinkedIn ,need your advice


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