LinkedIn: 5 Tips to Maximize Your Linkedin Account Benefits

FreelanceCat By FreelanceCat, 9th Sep 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1y_kozvo/
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5 useful tips that will help you maximize the benefits of your LinkedIn account.

A LinkedIn account offers much more than just information on where your former classmates and colleagues are currently working.

Although LinkedIn is currently not as popular as Facebook or Twitter, it is still the most professional site of social networking.

This is because a LinkedIn account can assist you in finding a job, creating a powerful network of professionals and keeping you updated in your field of interest. Of course, if you know how to maximize the benefits of LinkedIn, this can help you throughout the course of your professional career and not just when looking for work.

In order to enjoy the full benefits a LinkedIn account can offer you, you should improve your professional profile by following these tips:

To accomplish this you hould improve your professional profile by following these tips:

1. Include detailed job descriptions:

Reporting only your current employment in LinkedIn is not enough. When recruiters browse LinkedIn to search for potential candidates, they are interested in seeing your previous professional experience (of up to 10 years) as well. This means that you need to spend a considerable amount of time and give a detailed description of your professional experience and a summary of all your achievements throughout your career.

2. Be professional in LinkedIn

When on LinkedIn one needs to be very careful. You should always bear in mind that LinkedIn has nothing to do with Facebook or any other social networks you use in your free time. Using slang on LinkedIn could be why you did not land a potential job. It would also be useful if your email is visible on your LinkedIn account for employers to see and be able to contact you.

3. Networking in LinkedIn

The secret to LinkedIn success is simple: networking. The more people you are linked to, the greater your chances of finding employment. In order to expand your LinkedIn network you need to be very active there and reassess your LinkedIn connections every month. This method will help you achieve your goals faster.

4. Get active in your chosen field of work in LinkedIn

Become an active member in all the LinkedIn groups you are a member of. If you are qualified, answer questions posed by other LinkedIn members, assume an active role in forum discussions and state your opinion if you are an expert on a particular subject. If other LinkedIn members realise that you have skills and knowledge that can be invaluable in your field of choice, expect to receive work offers very soon.

5. Approach your business friends on LinkedIn in real life

Just because your contacts are online, this does not mean that you cannot arrange a meeting in real life. Use LinkedIn to find yourself face to face with people so as to break the ice and promote yourself or your business more effectively.

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Linkedin, Linkedin Account, Linkedin Member, Professional, Professional Experience

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author avatar Retired
9th Sep 2011 (#)

Very informative...thanks for sharing....

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
9th Sep 2011 (#)

Nice tips.

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