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An introduction of LinkedIn to the ioCommunity of users.

An introduction of LinkedIn to the ioCommunity of users.

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  • LinkedIn - An Introduction Some professional networking suggestions for i/oTrak-Mammologix employees and contractors.
  • Overview
      • What is LinkedIn?
      • How is LinkedIn different from sites such as Facebook or MySpace?
      • Why use LinkedIn?
      • What can I do with LinkedIn?
      • How do I start creating my LinkedIn profile?
      • What job titles should I use on LinkedIn?
      • How do I invite LinkedIn "connections"?
      • What connections should I accept?
      • How do I request a recommendation?
      • Should I work on my profile at work?
      • What else can I do with LinkedIn?
      • An Important Tip.
      • Useful links for more information.
  • Part 1: What Is LinkedIn?
      • LinkedIn.com (                     )is the world’s largest professional network with 29 million+ members and growing rapidly.
      • Your LinkedIn profile is discoverable through the millions of searches on search engines and on LinkedIn.
      • You are in complete control over what others see on your profile, so leverage this to showcase your skills and talents so the right people and opportunities find you.
    • Source:  http://learn.linkedin.com/profiles/  
  • Part 2: How is LinkedIn different from sites such as Facebook or MySpace?
      • LinkedIn is like an online resume, Rolodex, and professional help forum all-in-one.
      • Connections are typically people that you actually know directly from school, work, or business.
      • LinkedIn is a professional network, not a social network.  It is a place to put your best foot forward in your present and future career, not a place to make friends and discuss social activities.
  • Part 3: Why use LinkedIn?
    • LinkedIn is a useful business tool to:
      • Stay informed about your contacts and industry
      • Keep in touch with work and school colleagues over the years
      • Find the people & knowledge you need to achieve your goals
      • Control your professional identity online
    • LinkedIn's mission is to help you be more effective in your daily work and open doors to opportunities using the professional relationships you already have.
    • Source:  http://www.linkedin.com/static?key=company_info&trk=hb_ft_abtli  
  • Part 4: What Can I do With LinkedIn?
    • 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
    • Source:  http://www.linkedin.com/static?key=company_info&trk=hb_ft_abtli  
  • 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.
    • Source:  http://learn.linkedin.com/new-users/  
  • Part 8: What connections should I accept?
    • 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!)
  • Part 9: How do I request a recommendation?
      • 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.
  • Part 10: Should I work on my profile at work?
      • Profiles are NOT to be worked on at all during company time. This should be done on your own time, as you are building a professional network for yourself and your future.
      • If an employee is under the age of 18, please make sure that your parents approve before participating.
  • Part 11: What else can I do with LinkedIn?
      • Build and store references for future use.
      • Embed a Google Presentation to market yourself or your business.
      • Share professional portfolio files.
      • Get answers to professional and technical questions.
      • See what people in your industry are reading.
      • Answer questions to build your professional reputation.
    • LinkedIn has an excellent 2-3 minute video overview to get you started:  http://vimeo.com/1239439
  • Part 12: An Important Tip. . . 
    • 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.
  • Part 13: Useful Links for More Information
      • LinkedIn's Short Video Overview:                          http://vimeo.com/1239439  
      • LinkedIn's Tutorial explaining profile sections: http://learn.linkedin.com/profiles/  
      • LinkedIn's New User Starter Guide:  http://learn.linkedin.com/new-users/
      • Guy Kawasaki's "LinkedIn Profile Extreme Makeover" blog article:  http://blog.guykawasaki.com/2007/01/linkedin_profil.html