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How to Use LinkedIn: A Job Seekers Guide

By: Viveka Thursday April 25, 2013 comments Tags: LinkedIn, Networking, Social Media, Optimizing LinkedIn, profile development, LinkedIn Strategies, linkedin networking, Job Seekers

By Richard McMunn The emergence of social networking sites as arguably the primary method of communication has caused countless changes to the way people interact. LinkedIn is not a social network as such, this mainly down to its much more astutely business appeal. Nevertheless it did pioneer many of the now commonplace functionalities of other networking sites and so making the most of the job seeker benefits it offers, lies in capitalizing on what is now regarded as the social networking model of growth. Getting Started In spite of the comparisons that can be made between LinkedIn and social networks such as Facebook, it is important to remember that this is a professional site and as such it should be treated accordingly. The utmost importance to attention to... Read More

Are you ignoring your "Contact Settings" on LinkedIn?

By: Viveka Friday September 10, 2010 comments Tags: LinkedIn Tips, Optimizing LinkedIn, Contact Settings

Poor old Contact Settings .  Relegated to the bottom of your profile.  Oft ignored.  But did you know that with a few minor tweaks, Contact Settings can make your profile exponentially more accessible on LinkedIn? The trick is adding your contact information (an email address or phone number) to this section  usually found at the bottom of your profile.  once you do that, your contact information becomes exposed to your entire network - not just your first level of connections. I know this will make some people nervous.  I have almost 19 million people in my network, I've had my contact info in this section for years, and I rarely get unsolicited spam as a result. Caveat:  The more you expose yourself on Social Media, the more exposed you are to people who... Read More

LinkedIn Tops 70 Million Users

By: Viveka Tuesday June 22, 2010 comments Tags: LinkedIn, LinkedIn Expert, LinkedIn Tips, LinkedIn profiles, Optimizing LinkedIn

So I was on LinkedIn yesterday checking out my network stats, and whoa! 70 Million Users! Of course I checked my RSS feed and had already written a story on it. So check it out - there's stuff you need to know. But more importantly, what does this mean to you as a professional and business owner? It means that, now more than ever, it is crucial for you to optimize your LinkedIn profile so that you can be found by the people who want to hire you ! Just like the best (but un-optimized) webpage in the world, if you don't use your keywords in your personal profile and company description, you won't get found. That could be costing you thousands in revenue (trust me - I know - but that's a story for another time.) Check out my LinkedIn Tips above to find out... Read More