Top Tips And Interesting Things You Can Do With LinkedIn

November 10, 2013
Karen

I bet you didn’t know that LinkedIn is one of the oldest social media sites. It was created in May 2003, a while before Twitter and Facebook, but it’s now starting to catch up in popularity. There is no doubt that it is used primarily for business rather than personal use and it’s particularly useful for anyone who is looking for work.

As with any social media profile, you should aim to fill out as many of the sections as you can. Here are a few things you should bear in mind when using LinkedIn vs other social networks:

1. Have a professional looking photo. Remember it’s a professional networking site, so a goofy looking photo that you’d be happy to add to Facebook might not be suitable for use on LinkedIn.

2. Back up your claims of so-many years experience. Your LinkedIn profile should be a place that you can showcase your skills and back them up with evidence. If you claim to have so-many years of experience in your field of expertise then your profile should show that many of years filled with jobs and projects.

3. Establish credibility with recommendations. These are effectively references that you can ask for from people you have worked with. Ask your customers for a recommendation after you have completed some work for them. Quality should be preferred over quantity.

4. Endorsing. This is a way of letting your contacts confirm that you have particular skills. Always endorse people back when you know that they have skills too.

Some other interesting stuff you can do with LinkedIn

1. Print your profile as a CV, You’ve already spent ages adding all your work experience, so why do the work again when you need to send somebody a CV?
http://resume.linkedinlabs.com

2. Export your contacts. This is particularly useful if you want to send out email newsletters.
http://www.linkedin.com/addressBookExport

3. Draw a pretty diagram of how you know all your contacts.
http://inmaps.linkedinlabs.com

While you are logged in to LinkedIn, why not connect with me.