LinkedIn profiles, how to use them, how to market yourself, how to network

The LinkedIn profile is an increasingly useful tool in marketing oneself to prospective employers. Since its founding in 2002, the amount of people with LinkedIn profiles has been growing steadily. LinkedIn provides many ways to increase one’s chances of getting hired. Employers often accept LinkedIn profiles as resumés, especially at tech companies. It is also not unheard of for recruiting companies to peruse LinkedIn profiles by searching for certain skills, experience, and key words. These recruiting companies will decide which applicants appear most promising, and will call these applicants and conduct phone interviews before recommending the applicants to hiring companies for further interviews. Networking with peers is also a large component of the LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn pages constantly propose suggestions of people to become connected with, based on a combination of geographic location, occupation and employers, among other things. When one’s LinkedIn network contains a large number of peers in similar fields, there is the possibility of being recommended by a peer to that person’s employer for hire. There are a huge number of different categories of information to display about oneself, from previous jobs, personal projects and accomplishments, certificates, training and education, and this enumeration merely scratches the surface (Joyce, 2013).

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A LinkedIn profile is not difficult to create. Though there are many aspects to a profile, LinkedIn is very helpful in facilitating the process of building a complete profile, and keeping it updated. I myself have recently created a new LinkedIn profile, and I find that each time I log in to the website, I am prompted at the top of the screen to update various aspects of the profile. LinkedIn also recommends people to add to my network, and so far the recommendations made to me are all relevant and seem to be useful. From what I have learned about LinkedIn, it is very nearly mandatory if one is to attempt to find a career in a tech-related field in today’s job market. It is a very quick, easy, and informative way for an employer to learn about a prospective candidate (Peachey, 2013). The information is well organized on the profile page, as it is made to be easy to scan through quickly and glean the relevant information without difficulty. The bottom line is this: a LinkedIn profile is a tool that, when used properly, cannot help but to make a person more marketable to prospective employers, and is too easy to not use.

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Works Cited:

Joyce, S. (2013). BE VISIBLE ON LINKEDIN. Career Planning & Adult Development Journal, 29(3), 88-90.       http://libaccess.sjlibrary.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ofm&AN=94264260&site=ehost-live

Peachey, K. (2013). 2012 STUDENT PAPER COMPETITION WINNER: The New Boys Club: The Effect of Gender on LinkedIn Profiles. Sociological Viewpoints, 29(1), 17-58.                                                                               http://libaccess.sjlibrary.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=94996229&site=ehost-live

First Picture Link:

http://volumeseo.com/how-to-manage-your-linkedin-profile-for-seo-optimization/

Second Picture Link:

http://linkedin.en.softonic.com/web-apps

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3 thoughts on “LinkedIn profiles, how to use them, how to market yourself, how to network”

  1. This post is very detailed about LinkedIn and talks about the many aspects of how you can add LinkedIn into your professional career. I really like how you bring up that LinkedIn is mandatory now for the job market and that you go through the steps of what it is like to create a LinkedIn profile. It is really nice to know that employers also accept LinkedIn profiles as resumes. Your post was well written.

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  2. First and foremost, I like the diagram describing the process on creating a LinkedIn profile. My main problem with your post is that the spacing is not that great and thus made it hard for me to read. Your blog is also a bit lacking in content as the sidebars are just empty. Your description about the LinkedIn profile is very sound and is convincing enough for me to make one. Overall, I like the information you provided and the diagram you put up.

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  3. Different from many article I’ve read so far, your post explains the process employers use LinkedIn profiles in details. Also, the way you walk readers through several situations that might happen is reasonably appropriate. Supporting the paragraph on updating your profile, the picture you chose is very useful showing where the locations of the mentioned components are. Even though I’m confident with my knowledge on social media, I still learn a lot from your post.

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