What is LinkedIn used for ?
LinkedIn is a professional social networking site. It’s something like a professional rolodex, which is maintained on the Internet.
To be successful with LinkedIn, it is recommended that you establish your ‘connections’ with professionals you already know.
If you’re a Boomer entrepreneur, or Boomer just looking for work, it would appear that this is an awesome resource you should tap into.
Below are some guidelines on how to join LinkedIn with integrity.
What is Required?
- New Linkedin members should be prepared to include a picture of themselves. Preferably the picture should be of your face without any designs in the background.
- Make sure your summary is well written, to the point, appealing. so that it makes people want to know more about you.
- When you fill in your Bio, as with the ‘older’ style resumes (not so long ago), make sure it is the truth folks.
- Send invitations for ‘connections’ to professionals with whom you have a prior business relationship.
- Be aware when you send an invitation, you can receive an ‘I don’t know’ (IDK) response from the recipient which counts against you.
- Five IDK’s will result in your having to submit your email address every time you try to make a ‘connection’.
- Make your profile ‘public’ if you want to reach the full potential of the network.
After you establish your list, below are some perks of being ‘connected’ with LinkedIn, which are covered in Wikipedia:
- It can be used to find jobs, people and business opportunities recommended by someone in one’s contact network.
- Employers can list jobs and search for potential candidates.
- Job seekers can review the profile of hiring managers and discover which of their existing contacts can introduce them.
- Users can post their own photos and view photos of others to aid in identification.
- Users can now follow different companies and can get notification about the new joining and offers available.
- Users can save (i.e., bookmark) jobs, which they would like to apply for.
Guidelines for joining can be found at:
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