LinkedIn looks a little different than most social networks. This site is intended for professionals. As a result, optimizing LinkedIn for ‘selling out’ is very possible.
Do not be mistaken yet. ‘Selling out’ here of course means to look for work. Because it is not possible the hunter’s employees operate or seek referrals from this site. So of course you have to prepare yourself.
LinkedIn itself was founded by Reid Hoffman in 2002. This site is not yet as popular by Facebook or Twitter; because, it only has 161 million members in over 200 countries.
But for the size of the professional social network, LinkedIn is actually quite classy performance. Even today, they had to accommodate 17 languages.
Well, for those of you who have never tried LinkedIn, the following tips to know him as reported by Mashable, Friday (01/06/2012):
As with other social networks, LinkedIn also requires the user to make their profile. But according to its function, in a LinkedIn profile is focused to work experience and professional skill of the user.
Completeness of the profile is something important to be filled. Because, this will be a reference for those who want to contact you for a job.
Measure the completeness of stuffing LinkedIn profile (profile completeness) ranging from 0-100%. The higher the percentage you would get better, because this will also affect the LinkedIn search engine.
To ensure that you are 100% profile completed, LinkedIn also gives advice on what information the list must be completed:
- Type of industry that was involved
- Current job positions and descriptions
- Previous career
- History of education
- Skill-owned, there are at least five
- Profile picture
- Connections (connections) have a minimum of 50 friends
Having many connections in LinkedIn are also considered as important thing. But you do not worry; this site has been equipped with algorithms and data mining that allows users to spread the network.
Suggestion, the first way to make friends is to trace it from the name. Search it in the search box on the main page of LinkedIn. When it finds the person sought, and then click ‘Connect’, add them to your professional network.
It can also send a message if it is deemed necessary when submitting invitation. This could be for more personal.
When you have had several friends (connections), please proceed to the ‘People You May Know’. Here, algorithm of LinkedIn would recommend people who have ’closeness’ with you. It is of course based on profile information that has been filled.
Connections in LinkedIn also have its own level (degree). For people who have connected with you, it will be called ’1st degree ‘. Meanwhile, for those who have not connected yet been connected with the ’1st degree, then it is called ’2nd degree’. And so on.
Docked to a particular group on LinkedIn has many advantages. Starting from expanding connections, sharing knowledge, seek advice, and much more.
Well, these groups are usually affiliated of a brand, a particular organization, purpose, general industry, and others, for example, the group ‘Startups – The Community for Entrepreneurs’ or ‘Alumni Association | UC Berkeley’.
There are approximately 1.3 million group can be selected. Please specify each of you where it wants to follow and definitely interesting. But certainly, a number of groups are in need of authentication before allowing you to join. But a third of them do not require such conditions, and labeled ‘open’.
4. Corporate Accounts
Such as personal accounts, the company can also have your own account on LinkedIn. Like the Facebook brand page, Coca Cola or the other. You can follow all the activities and updates from the company on LinkedIn.
Companies typically have profile page information of a general nature, such as business overview, number of employees, and press release material.
Many companies also include a job that was opened in their pages. Not even a little that allows applicants to enter their resume via LinkedIn.
5. Job Search
Job search and recruitment tools are often considered the most attractive feature on LinkedIn. Mashable launch, more and more companies are encouraging prospective employees to submit an application via LinkedIn.
Try to go to the tab ‘Jobs’. Here you can start hunting for a dream job. It begins from the search by keyword such as job title, company, location, salary, and the industry norm.
Searching can also be made more specific in the ‘advanced search’, for example, to find a position as a developer of office locations less than 50 miles (80) miles from a specific location.
6. Mobile Version
LinkedIn also has a dedicated mobile version of the application for the iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, Windows, and Palm devices. Not complete enough?
This mobile application can be counted on to post status updates and check the group update on-the-go.
In addition to standard functions from searching for a connection to the exchange of information, you can also download the list of connections on LinkedIn to be sent to the contact list on your smartphone.
7. Paid Version
LinkedIn can indeed be used for free. But the service is also no paid version. If you want, you can upgrade to this version. It is obviously with a variety of additional features.
Pegged rate starts from USD 19.95 per month; LinkedIn has a premium subscription service for businesses, job seekers, companies, and others.
Well, one of the features contained in this premium service is that you can send InMail to everyone. InMail is an internal message on LinkedIn that can be used to send messages to people who are not connected to you.
Yes indeed, you can send messages to people who are already connected. You must send InMail to them, and use of this InMail limited to the premium version.
Upgrade to a paid service so it can also expand the search results and there is a talent search feature. These include standard features that can find anyone who has seen your LinkedIn account profile.