There are several social networks on the internet today. Some are popular and some are hardly known. Most social networks put an emphasis on the social networking aspects, but there is one, LinkedIn, that emphasizes on developing professional networks. If you are new to this website, then you should know little about how to use LinkedIn.
The first thing that you should do is to create your profile carefully. This profile acts as an online resume that most people will read when they are connecting with you. If you have a company, you can use the profile to get connections to other entrepreneurs who you can form mutually beneficial relationships. With this site, you can form relationships with people who may be in your field or other related one.
You can also use the site to market your business, without spamming people. You can look for clients, or potential employees online. If on the other hand you are looking for a job, this is a great way to meet with potential employers. Let them see what you are capable of and they will hire you based on the merits of your profile, and online interaction.
Get to understand the type of connections that you can make. The first degree, are those connection that you make through primary invitations. The second are those connected to your first degree, and the third are a level lower. This way you can grow your connections exponentially.
Make sure that you join some groups. Once you have joined, become a regular visitor, and leave some stimulating conversations. This will make people notice you and appreciate your expertise. This is a great way of marketing yourself, either as an entrepreneur, or as a job seeker. These are some of the ways how to use LinkedIn and build your business or career.
Become A LinkedIn Ninja: Advanced User Tips
Chances are good that you use – or at least have heard of – LinkedIn.com (usually just called LinkedIn). For those who have not, LinkedIn is perhaps best described as a marriage between the bubbly young social networking bride and her stuffy, much older resumé groom. In short, it is the modern professional’s digital business card, and you should get one if you are at all serious about networking within your professional sphere.
While most people who use the service have the basics down, there are some tips and tricks that can make your LinkedIn.com experience that much richer, and set you apart from the quote-unquote rabble. As with most things of this nature, what you actively do is matched in importance by the things you do not – anybody can make one misstep, but keep flubbing up, and the success of your next schmoozing session, job hunt, or other career objective could wind up in jeopardy.
LINKEDIN.COM “GREEN LIGHTS” FOR ADVANCED USERS
This one is simple: Cross-platform integration is your friend.
Are you eager to show a potential client or employer a sample of your work? Why not use services like Box.net or the Portfolio Display feature to show your stuff? Or perhaps you are already working with or for someone, and you have a report or other document to show them. In that case, document-sharing utilities like SlideShare can make getting that big report where it needs to be when it needs to be there just a little bit easier.
Of course, you do not want to seem totally impersonal and devoid of character, so there is the option to integrate your blog or other social media into your LinkedIn.com account, should you wish it.
No matter what you do, the bottom line is that in the business world, speed and ease make winners. Cross-platform integration can help you be exactly that.
LINKEDIN.COM “RED LIGHTS” FOR ADVANCED USERS
These are simple too, but many people fail to understand them, and their LinkedIn.com experience suffers. LinkedIn.com may be a new spin on the resumé, but those old rules about first impressions and social grace still apply… so do not be annoying.
Do not “like” your own stuff, manipulate your discussion / group threads with useless stuff, or inundate your network with useless (a.k.a. off-topic) Twitter or Facebook posts. In short, the rules of LinkedIn.com are much like the rules of any other business setting: Do not artificially inflate your own importance (nobody likes a blowhard, online or off), because sooner or later, it will come back to bite you – maybe right in the wallet.
So there you have it: Everything you need to know to be a LinkedIn.com ninja. Happy networking.