What is ? LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network with over 55 million members and growing rapidly. LinkedIn connects you to your trusted contacts and helps you exchange knowledge, ideas, and opportunities with a broader network of professionals.
How does it Work? When you connect with an individual you then have a a symbol appear. This means you are directly connected. The person you connect with will also have their own connections which you will be able to see and a symbol will appear next to their names. These are called 2nd degree contacts and they are now in your network With 2nd Degree contacts you cannot see their connections from their homepage but they will come up in searches. These are 3rd degree + contacts.
Why do it? Build a professional online presence Connect with “warm” contacts Research companies Tap into the Hidden Job Market Learn lifelong networking skills Be proactive.....Get found!
Build your Profile Professional photo of you alone Headline with area of study and/or career ambitions Keyword-rich summary that includes type of positions you are seeking Include volunteer activities, internships and extra curricular activities Recommendations from professors, tutors, lecturers internships & other work experience
Who do I connect with? Alumni University Careers Service Staff Parents and other relatives Friends Work Experience & Internship managers and colleagues Part time work employers Former bosses Connections from volunteering Professional Association members Join groups and look for interesting people who are willing to connect Use your email address book to find who you know on Linkedin