Connect with others you can help and who can help you
A social network with minimal “socializing”
May 5, 2003 5 partners 350 friends 4,500 links in a month 81,000 by the end of the year
LinkedIn has over 45 million members in over 200 countries and territories around the world as of June 17, 2009
A new member each second, about half outside the U.S.
Execs from all Fortune 500 companies
Getting started with http://www.linkedin.com/home
Getting started with
Create an account
Confirm email address, login
Use an email address that is professional, recognizable, reliable - not [email_address] , use your name [email_address]
Use a web-based email account so you can get to it from any computer and you won’t lose information if your computer crashes*
*Tip: Create a separate email account for your job search, use it only for your job search and it will be easier to keep track of your correspondence.
Create a profile
Create your professional profile by adding:
Experience: current, past*
Websites: personal, professional organization
Personal information: phone, address, IM, etc.
Contact settings: MAKE IT PUBLIC , YOU WANT TO BE SEEN
Add a photo: professional appearance no baggies/wife beater/sunglasses!
*Tip: You can upload your resume to LinkedIn and let it parse the data. Use Word, PDF, text, or HTML files up to 200KB. NOTE BENE: Make sure sure the data goes where it is supposed to go!!!
Searching for connections
Use the “simple” Search tool on the top right to find people by name
Use the advanced search tools to find classmates, co-workers at current or previous jobs, clients, your barber
If you have a business email address book you can import it into LinkedIn and it will search for those people within LinkedIn
Invite your connections to join your network
With the free account you can make five invitations at a time
Fee-based accounts get more…but there are ways to make additional invitations
*Tip: You are allowed five concurrent, reusable invitations. As soon as you get a response you get to issue another. If a contact you want in your network is in a Group with you, you don’t have to use one of the five to link to them, do it through the group listing.
Recommendations are online references that can be seen by anyone viewing your public profile
Only request a recommendation from someone who knows your work
Only write a recommendation for someone who’s work you know, you have worked with or for, or is a client
You control which recommendations appear on your profile
Be honest, don’t embellish
Quid pro quo - return the favor
A way of creating a connection with people who have common interests or experience
Companies (current or previous employers)
Schools (best to keep it to college and grad school)
You can create your own group as well and invite people to join
*Tip: If a contact you want in your network is in a Group with you, you don’t have to use one of the five to link to them, do it through the group membership listing.
Update your status often
Participate in discussions
Contribute by posting ideas, links to articles, beginning discussions
Think of it as an online workplace and use it to your advantage
Want to learn about a company? Use LinkedIn.
Want to find someone you know who worked at a company you’re interested in? Use LinkedIn.
Want to get introduced to the internal recruiter at a company you’ve applied to? Use LinkedIn.
Want to meet the hiring manager? Use LinkedIn.
Work it, baby!
Search and build your network Use your Contacts’ Contact List to find people you know or want to know USE LINKEDIN TO BE FOUND!
Thank you for joining us today. Additional questions can be forwarded to: Pete Tzavalas [email_address] or Bill Harris [email_address]