Part 5: How do I start creating my LinkedIn profile?
You can create an account by going to www.linkedin.com and following the online instructions to get started.
List your current and past positions & education along with your tenure there. This helps the right people and opportunities find you.
Add a profile photo– people never forget a face!
Add a summary paragraph. Think of it as your professional elevator pitch.
Part 6: What job titles should I use on LinkedIn?
Student Employees may use the job title "Associate"
Independent Contractors may use the job title "Independent Contractor"
Other employees should check with their manager for an appropriate job title to use on LinkedIn.
Part 7: How do I invite LinkedIn "connections"?
Ensure your connections represent your “real-world” network:
If you have contacts in gmail or another online address book, you can use webmail import to see, in seconds, all the people you know who are already on LinkedIn. You can then select who you wish to invite to join your trusted network.
You can also upload a contacts file from Outlook, Palm, ACT!, or Mac Address.
Once you are in LinkedIn, you can view LinkedIn's list of your colleagues and classmates that are already on LinkedIn.
This is up to the individual user to decide. LinkedIn is designed around the idea of a trusted network of people that you actually know and could be recommended by if asked, so it is best to limit your connections to people you actually know.
Managers, coworkers, classmates, business partners, and long-time family friends are all good places to start.
If you receive an invitation from someone you do not know, you can mark the invitation "Do Not Know" in LinkedIn. If you know someone but not well enough to accept his or her connection, it is best to archive the invitation instead of flagging it as "Do Not Know." (This keeps the person's account from being flagged needlessly. . . and may keep you from burning a bridge!)
Recommendations are best when they are from your manager or a former manager. Recommendations from friends and coworkers do not carry as much weight and may make your profile look less professional if done to an excess.
Recommendations may be requested but not demanded. If you request a recommendation from your manager, he/she is under no obligation to provide that recommendation.
If you request a recommendation, help the manager that you are requesting a recommendation from by sending him/her a brief description of the work that you have done here along with what you feel are your most valuable qualities as a professional.
It is best to add all of your work and personal email addresses to your profile right after you set up your account and then select one address as the primary address that you would like messages sent to.
This will help keep you from accidentally establishing multiple profiles for yourself. Profiles cannot be combined together once they are set up without loosing all of the information, connections, and recommendations in one of the profiles.