Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
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LinkedIn: How to use it

Posted on July 12, 2012

During a weak economy it is important to be resourceful when searching for a job. If you have a family member or friend who is currently looking for work, they may be hearing a lot about the necessity of networking. While it is extremely valuable to have connections to people who work in your field, it can be difficult to get started. LinkedIn can assist with networking and job searching in a variety of ways. First though, what is LinkedIn?

Founded in 2002, LinkedIn is a professional social networking site with approximately 150 million registered users. You can upload a resume, add a profile, list your skills, and even feature recommendations from people you have worked with. What really makes LinkedIn useful for someone seeking a job is that you add connections and can build your network online. On the site you can add people that you know as “direct connections,” people who know your connections are listed as second-degree connections and there are also third-degree connections. Another feature that is useful for job seekers is that you can research companies by looking at their profiles and also see if you are connected to anyone who works for an organization that you are interested in. The site even allows you to follow companies you are interested in so that you receive notification of when they are hiring or have posted a new position.

LinkedIn isn’t just for those looking for a new position, by following groups and professional organizations you are involved in you can stay current in your profession.  The site is also ideal for connecting with and meeting other professionals in your field.  Interested in trying it out for yourself?  LinkedIn offers a free basic membership and will guide you through the steps to make your profile complete.  Check it out at http://www.linkedin.com/.

Submitted by Lauren Slingluff

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