Why should we all use LinkedIn? Because it is a very powerful tool either you want to connect with people from all over the world or you are searching for a new career.
LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking site. Founded in December 2002 and launched in May 2003. LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network with over 120 million members. Like all other top social networking sites it is growing at a rapid pace.
According to some researches, 92 percent of hiring managers in 2010 used or plan to recruit via social networks – and of these, 86 percent use LinkedIn. The same researches show that 80 percent of companies surveyed are using LinkedIn to find talents.
I have to confess that I have signed up with LinkedIn only recently but I am just seeing its enormous potential. The website provided me with an online identity and people immediately recognized it. I am already receiving emails especially from the members of the groups I joined.
As soon as I started asking questions, I immediately received great answers from world class experts and other people like me at zero cost.
For better online identity, discussion and for branding, after I published my resume and my profile, I browsed hundreds of groups and chose those related to my personal and professional interests. You can also create your own brand new group on this site.
If you want to remain on the social level being lucky enough to still have a job, you can get in touch with people and get a second opinion on various issues. You can even create a poll. You can find past and present colleague and professional, and actually LinkedIn will offer you opportunity to contact people based on your resume and, in general, the information about you that you provide.
Keep in mind that LinkedIn is used for career management by many professionals, at any level and category. Regarding this particular aspect please be careful about what you write and publish about yourself and your opinions. Professional organizations can post the Jobs and can find the talent on LinkedIn but they will ignore you if they find out that you are a complainer or you are too hard on certain issues.
There is lot of applications available on LinkedIn that can be used for various purposes. For example, to present your projects you can use Behance; to promote books you can use Amazon Reading List; to share your documents you can use Box Net. Link your personal blog and use Huddle for communication; places you are travelling to can be shared via Tripit. Share your presentation with Slide Share. All these great application are available on LinkedIn.
Last but not least, LinkedIn is totally free but you can upgrade by paying $ 19.95 a month for Business, $ 39.95 for Business Plus, and $ 74.95 for Executive. You can also save some money if you decide to subscribe to one of these levels and pay per year.