LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network. It is the social network for work professionals created by Reid Hoffman in 2002. There are 161 million professionals worldwide who have connected with LinkedIn since its official launch in May 2003.
As of 2013, LinkedIn has more than 259 million members in over 200 countries and territories and is available in 20 languages.
One purpose of the site is to allow registered users to maintain a list of contact details of people with whom they have some level of relationship. These are called Connections. Users can invite anyone to become a connection.
This list of connections can then be used in a number of ways:
- A contact network is built up that can be used to gain an introduction to someone a person wishes to know through a mutual contact.
- It can then be used to find jobs, people and business opportunities recommended by someone in one’s contact network.
- Employers can list jobs and search for potential candidates.
- Job seekers can review the profile of hiring managers and discover which of their existing contacts can introduce them.
- Users can post their own photos and view photos of others to aid in identification.
- Users can now follow different companies and can receive notifications about the new joining and offers available.
- Users can save (i.e. bookmark) jobs that they would like to apply for.
- Users can “like” and “congratulate” each other’s updates and new employments.
Users can see who has visited their profile page
LinkedIn members actively look for jobs and read work-related content on the platform. In 2011, there were 4.2 billion “professionally-oriented searches. On the network users can search for jobs, join work-related groups, and submit job applications.
If you are a recent graduate or have sons or daughters who have recently graduated from college or university, you/they may be among the thousands of well educated graduates world-wide who are unemployed. Becoming a volunteer may be yours or their key to future employment.
Becoming a volunteer can help you while you’re helping others. The skills, connections and experiences gained through volunteering can provide a big boost to your career.
According to an internal survey of LinkedIn members, more than 40% of hiring managers consider volunteer work equivalent to full-time work; one in five hiring managers said they offered someone a paid position because of their volunteer experience.
You can also use LinkedIn to find a place to volunteer and you can also identify not-for-profit organizations of interest that might offer paid staff positions.
LinkedIn also supports the formation of interest groups, and as of 2012 there were over one and a quarter million such groups with memberships varies of 1 to 750,000.
Groups may be private, accessible to members only or may be open to Internet users in general to read, though they must join in order to post messages.
LinkedIn allows users to research companies with which they may be interested in working. When typing the name of a given company in the search box, statistics about the company are provided. These may include the ratio of female to male employees, the percentage of the most common titles/positions held within the company, the location of the company’s headquarters and offices, or a list of present and former employees.
LinkedIn has been described as having become the tool for professional networking and has also been praised for its usefulness in fostering business relationships. LinkedIn is, the most advantageous social networking tool available to job seekers and business professionals today,” according to the influential Forbes Magazine.
To learn more about Linkedin, visit Google.com and enter the search name Linkedin. It will also give you the URL for the actual Linkedin website which provides a membership menu to facilitate becoming a member.
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