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LinkedIn is a social network, especially popular among business professionals who are seeking ways to connect with people who share similar interests. LinkedIn is also a good place to connect with potential employers and employees. The chance to communicate with people from the same industry will help you find out about job opportunities, seminars, etc.

 

Theory

LinkedIn is a business-oriented social network, first launched in 2003. It is estimated that there are over 250 million users on LinkedIn in over 200 countries.

Business professional are most likely to user LinkedIn as the website offers plenty of job seeking opportunities. Employers and potential employees can connect, explore profiles and get recommendation from other users.

From July 2011, LinkedIn introduced a new feature which allows companies to enable users to apply for a job using “Apply with LinkedIn” button. In this case, the LinkedIn profile is used as a resume.

 

Guidelines

* When you use LinkedIn, as well as other LinkedIn’s services and apps (including SlideShare and Pulse), you are entering into a legal agreement and you agree to all of these terms.

*DO
– Use the Services in a professional manner; and
– Use your real name on your profile
– Provide accurate information and update it as necessary

*DON’T
– Publish inaccurate information in the designated fields on the profile form;
– Invite people you do not know to join your network;
– Upload a profile image that is not your likeness or a head-shot photo;
– Upload, post, email, InMail, transmit or otherwise make available or initiate any content that:
— Falsely states, impersonates or otherwise misrepresents your identity,
— Is unlawful, libelous, abusive, obscene, discriminatory or otherwise objectionable
— Includes any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, “junk mail,” “spam,” “chain letters,” “pyramid schemes,” or any other form of solicitation.

* The Services are not designed nor intended for use by children or anyone else under the age of 13.

 

Instructions

Register

Create a LinkedIn Account by providing your first and last name, a valid email address and a password.

linkedin_instructionsAfter you create an account, log in using the email address and the password:

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How to start with LinkedIn

The first thing you should do after you join LinkedIn is to complete your profile. This includes:

– Adding a profile image

– Adding your website

– Importing your contacts

linkedin_instructions_002Additional information you can provide about you include professional experience, education, skills, publications, projects, etc.

linkedin_instructions_003Completing your profile can help people find you on this network, and it can also be a good presentation of your profile. Based on the information you have provided, your LinkedIn profile will be rated:

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Posting on LinkedIn

Status update

The task of updating the status is very simple. It would be the same as posting a status update on any other social network. Updating your status is important because it is the first thing that a person who accesses your profile sees, and because from your profile you can see the status updates of the people with whom you are connected. What we want to say is that if someone looks at the profile of one of your contacts, you can appear inside their profile if you update your status.

Enter the update, include attachment if you want, choose the audience (with whom you want to share the status update) and click on “Share”.

linkedin_instructions_005Join a group

The groups are, without a doubt, one of the best tools when it comes to networking and this tool could be used to expand your reach on LinkedIn. Groups are used to discuss things related to the theme of the group, to share, to comment, to ask, to answer, to establish contacts and to be up to date with something specific.

If, for example, you have a blog of a specific theme, there will probably be people, interested in that topic, with whom you could discuss and share interests. In order to find such people, the best way is to use the search box for groups and enter the keywords of the theme that you are interested in and that are related to your blog or website, so this way you could gain visitors or readers for your blog. In addition, all the updates of the groups you join will be sent to you by email, with the frequency you choose. In this way you will not miss details on all the activity that is being performed.

linkedin_instructions_006Post in groups

It is very interesting to post in groups since the people involved often comment, offer feedback and suggestions. Whenever someone creates a new discussion, this is shown in the profiles of the people who are the members of that group. Creating a new discussion will gain you a lot of visibility.

 

Additional Resources

LinkedIn Help Center: https://help.linkedin.com/app/home/

LinkedIn Help Forum: https://help.linkedin.com/app/answers/list/search/1/d/c

 

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