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How to Use LinkedIn

Tips and Advice for Using LinkedIn


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LinkedIn is a directory of professionals and companies. Individuals and companies use LinkedIn for networking, job searching, hiring, company research, and connecting with affiliates, including alumni, industry, and a variety of other business related groups.

It's quick and easy to get started using LinkedIn. You'll need to sign up for LinkedIn and create a Linkedin profile. Then you'll be able to start using LinkedIn to connect, to network, and to job search and boost your career. Here's how to use LinkedIn.

How to Get Started on LinkedIn
One of the most important parts of LinkedIn is your profile. That's what you use to connect with people in your network and your profile is how you get found on LinkedIn, because it contains information about your skills and experience.

How to Take and Choose a Professional Photo for LinkedIn
Tips and advice for how to take and choose a photo to use in your LinkedIn profile, including what to wear, what type of photo to use, and how to pick a picture that will make a great impression.

How to Use LinkedIn

How to use LinkedIn as part of your job search, including how to increase your visibility and connections, so employers and recruiters can find you.

LinkedIn Message Guidelines
Tips for sending LinkedIn invitations asking people to join your network, as well as advice on writing LinkedIn messages requesting recommendations and job search and career assistance and advice.

How to Apply For Jobs on LinkedIn
Instructions for searching and apply for jobs on LinkedIn.

How To Use LinkedIn Endorsements
Information on LinkedIn endorsements, including what they are, how to get them and how to turn them off so they don't show on your profile.

LinkedIn Job Search
How can you ensure that you're using the full power of LinkedIn to assist with your search for a new job? It's important to effectively use your connections and to use the information available on LinkedIn when you're applying for jobs.

Update Your LinkedIn Profile
The more complete your LinkedIn profile, the more chances you will have to be found and to be contacted. Use your LinkedIn profile like a resume and provide prospective employers with detailed information on your skills and experience.

What to Include in Your LinkedIn Profile When You're Unemployed
What to include in your LinkedIn profile when you are unemployed is an issue. That's because even though you might be unemployed you want to present yourself in a positive light to prospective employers and to networking contacts. Here are tips for what to include in your profile when you're out of work.

LinkedIn Company Profiles
LinkedIn company profiles are a good way to find, at glance, more information on a company you're interested in. You'll be able see your connections at the company, new hires, promotions, jobs posted, related companies, and company statistics.

LinkedIn Mobile
LinkedIn Mobile features include searching and viewing profiles, inviting new connections, access to LinkedIn answers, and actionable network updates. Use it to keep your job search moving forward when you're on the road.

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