Your professional network of trusted contacts gives you an advantage in your career, and is one of your most valuable assets; I've discussed this point in a number of previous blog and eZine articles.
LinkedIn exists to help YOU make better use of your professional network and help the people you trust in return. Ongoing communication with your network -- sharing, giving and contributing, will pay huge dividends for you in the future.
Today's blog posting offers an overview and links to several excellent articles, all recently published, that will help enrich your experience with and usage of LinkedIn.
13 LinkedIn Action Steps
People love lists. So here we go with a great list showing 13 action steps you can take on LinkedIn to really get ramped up as an active and effective user.
5 LinkedIn Tricks You May Not Know
Another great list. Most people are familiar with the basic features of LinkedIn such as connecting, groups, answers, applications, etc. There are some cool features that often get missed by the average user. Here we look at five under-utilized tricks you may not be familiar with.
Advanced Techniques for Using LinkedIn to Change Careers
We all know that a tough economy means you have to set yourself apart from other candidates, especially if you are changing industries or functions. Here are a few tips for using LinkedIn to conduct research and establish contacts within the new industry you are targeting.
Top 20 LinkedIn Groups That All Entrepreneurs Must Join
Many people say that they consider LinkedIn to be only a career search tool; however, LinkedIn is so much more than that. It is actually a fantastic service and resource for entrepreneurs to use in the development, launch and success of their ventures.
One feature you entrepreneurs may not know about or have fully explored is LinkedIn Groups. LinkedIn Groups are free to join, and you can choose to join up to 50 groups from a list of thousands of user-created groups for literally just about anything. Not only do these groups provide you access to connect with and contact fellow group members who could become future partners, employees, investors, customers etc. of your startup, but the groups' discussion board and news sections can provide more networking opportunities, answers to your questions and insightful advice, tips and support.
There are a number of LinkedIn mistakes that could be mentioned including avoiding typos, having multiple accounts, etc. These 5 though are fundamental mistakes that will impact your ability to "monetize" LinkedIn.
The true value in LinkedIn is as a vehicle to add to your bottom line.You may have joined to network, to find a job, or to advance your career. All are great reasons, and all that at the end of the day are about monetization.
It's OK to be on LinkedIn to make more money.It's what will keep you coming back and participating, which in the end helps every other person on LinkedIn.
Are YOU an effective and ACTIVE user of LinkedIn?
If not.....What are you waiting for?
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