You use Facebook on a regular basis—you may even tweet—but are you on LinkedIn? LinkedIn.com is not just for professionals who have established careers, nor is it simply a tool for people who are looking for a job. Rather, LinkedIn.com can be thought of as your online resume—your resume 2.0. LinkedIn provides an effective way to develop your online personal brand. Eighty-nine percent of hiring managers reported researching job candidates online when deciding whom to interview. Here are some ways you can use LinkedIn:
Perhaps you have heard the saying, “It’s not what you know; it’s who you know that counts.” The truth is that it’s not who you know NOW, but who you are willing to get to know that will help you succeed in life. While learning to network with people face-to-face is a very important skill, with more than 60 million members, LinkedIn.com is the best place to network online. Here are two resources that can help you develop and use your professional network:
How to Build a Professional LinkedIn Profile
How to Network Professionally Online
Make sure that you use the dropdown search form to find and join LinkedIn groups related to your professional focus. Not sure what you want your professional focus to be? Consider checking out our professional career testing and counseling services. If you are interested in career services, you can schedule a career services consultation.
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