27 November 2006
Linked In Overview.. What it is and What it does for Business Professionals..
LinkedIn Is a Social Network for Business Professionals with upwards of 8 million registered professionals globally representing 130 Industries. LinkedIn members can create a profile summary of professional accomplishments and search millions of people profiles to find former peers, references, and colleagues or use social networking to create new professional business contacts.
Better than a business card, and with a always connected shelf life.. Business cards become null when the information changes, a well connected Linked In Professional knows that because relationships are key, a current profile is fundamental to effective professional relationships.
PROFILE: It all starts with your profile. Liz Ryan, Founder of WorldWIT and renowned Industry Expert has written the perfect article on the guidelines for a good profile.
Example of a Personal Profile: Dawn Mular's Personal Profile
What can you do with profiles once you have them? Please be accurate, inviting, and factual. When you are, others are invited to contact you. You can also invite others you know to join your network you can contact others. A collection of one individuals profiles becomes their network. Based upon text search users of LinkedIn can use the Search function to locate connections. Name Search, Advanced Search , Reference Search, or a Network Search of your Trusted Connections is available when your profile is complete.
Additional solutions are available to power users of Linked In such as the LinkedIn Browser Tool Bar extends your LinkedIn network capabilities to locate employees, clients, business partners, jobs or service providers that are recommended from members of your network.
Now that you have a PROFILE, the next step is to CREATE OR EXTEND your network. When it comes to rules for managing your network, the key is to do what works for you. There are many approaches to who you allow into your network. Time and experience will allow you to decide best what will work for you. It is my recommendation to learn the foundations of creating your network, before trying to extend it to people you might not know as well.
PROFILE AND NETWORKING RESOURCES:
Liz Ryan has written 10 tips for Building Business using LinkedIn.
Rick Upton has prepared an excellent Getting Started with Linked In Guide.
After you have learned the basics of how to search for jobs, people, possibility, and connections, you have applied the principles of networking and building business communications, you might wish to extend your knowledge and resource base. Here is where the LinkedIn Groups community may become a place of interest.
WHAT ARE LINKED IN GROUPS? LinkedIn for Groups is a convenient way to link together group members using Linked In, and it allows the orgaqnization to extend their brand such that the group logo and roster allows networking value between members. Dave Taylor is an expert businss blogger who's work has helped many to understand this notion of social networking. His approach to explaining the Secret of LinkedIn Groups is great.
Example of a Linked In Group: LinkedIn HFCN: Business and Career Network. Request invitation: LI_HFCN_invitation once approved the HFCN Logo will appear in your profile in the lower right corner and you can view the other members who have shared their profiles.
Rick Upton shared a natural way of including LinkedIn Groups and the benefits of associating with groups in a LinkedIn Groups blog.
Paid Linked In Groups are listed here in Linked In for Groups . A good many LinkedIn Groups exist on Linked In, using Yahoo Groups as it's networking vehicle for web space collaboration, messaging, etc.
Examples of some Linked In Yahoo Groups: http://hfcareernetwork.com/HFCNYahooGroupsMetaDir.html