What is LinkedIn? Overview Creating a profile Growing your contacts Sourcing capability
Largest source of professionals more than any other social networking tool Over 25 million experienced professionals Over 150 industries Utilized by thousands of recruiters When you join, you create a profile that summarizes your professional accomplishments. Your profile helps you find and be found by former colleagues, clients, and partners. You can add more connections by inviting trusted contacts to join LinkedIn and connect to you.
Your network consists of your connections, your connections connections, and the people they know, linking you to thousands of qualified professionals. Through your network you can: Find potential clients, service providers, subject experts, and partners who come recommended Be found for business opportunities Search for great jobs Discover inside connections that can help you land jobs and close deals Post and distribute job listings Find high-quality passive candidates Get introduced to other professionals through the people you know LinkedIn is free to join.
Creating a profile with LinkedIn Open an account Fill in core profile information –Name, employment, schools Find connections –Through colleagues –Through schools –Through groups –Add individually –Import
Building your network Complete your profile –Current and past position, education, photo, nickname or maiden name, summary, websites, interests, email addresses Make recommendation and ask for recommendations Upload a contacts file from Outlook or other email address booksUpload Join groups – Virginia Career Network Ask questions and provide answers Publicize your LinkedIn profile –Email signature, website
Growing your contacts Locate the right profile Click to add to your network Choose how you know him / her Write your own message –Share recent news – take the opportunity to really connect!
Making wider connections Be specific about who your looking for Search your network Ask for introductions –Note degree of connection before asking –Look for colleagues you know but havent yet connected with –Explain your goals
Wondering which of your Colleagues and Friends are on LinkedIn? The Just Joined LinkedIn section highlights : –new LinkedIn users that have worked or attended the companies and listed on your profile. –Just click on these links, find the people you know, and invite them to connect.
Contacts The more contacts the better, but make contact with people who matter to you LinkedIn Open Networkers Will Link with anyone
Groups - Overview LinkedIn Groups is your destination to find and join communities of professionals based on:Groups Common interest Experience Affiliation Goals. Stay in touch with organizations, schools, and companies that you are and were a part of, network with professionals with similar interests and goals, and collaborate in a professional community online.
Groups Professional, personal interests Contact members directly Ask for advice Questions Form your own group Connect, Communicate, and Collaborate
Groups Drop down box: Select Group Type in Richmond or Virginia Career Network