LinkedIn is the largest social networking site for professional networking. LinkedIn has more than 70 million Professionals who are exchanging daily business information. LinkedIn is different from other social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, which are basically used for friendships, likes, dislikes, interests and hobbies etc. But in LinkedIn you can build connections with professionals who are in similar fields or professions. You could hook-up with you old college buddies or previous work colleagues. LinkedIn is about recommendations, your work experience details and your work profile.
LinkedIn can be used for your own professional networking as well as for business networking. LinkedIn offers a separate page for companies and businesses. More than 50,000 companies have been registered in LinkedIn with detailed information about their employees.
Lets discuss one by one, how a professional and company can use LinkedIn for achieving success.
LinkedIn for Professionals
LinkedIn gives the best possible option to professionals for exchanging the business information. In LinkedIn you can find people from US President Barack Obama to the CEO’s of a Fortune 500 companies or even office colleague, who sits in the opposite cubicle.
In LinkedIn you can find experienced professionals and experts related to the field of your work. You can ask for suggestions or advice related to your career or work. If you are an expert, you can also contribute ‘gyan’ Avatrade Linkedin Page means knowledge, to others by joining groups or answering questions in the ‘Question & Answer’ area.
Recommendations – LinkedIn is known for recommendations, you can ask our colleague or you’re Manager or Team leader, your clients for recommendations for your work. Recommendations from top authority professional would add value to your overall profile.
Moreover LinkedIn also offers separate section known as LinkedIn Answers. Suppose you are facing some problem in your projects or work, you can post your questions and can get the best answers from industry experts. Also you can see the previously posted questions and all the answers about the question.
Group Discussion– In LinkedIn there are lots of groups related to your profession, you can join these groups and can participate or start discussion on any topic related to your fields. Comments and thoughts of various experts will help you in enhancing your knowledge.
Once you are a member of LinkedIn, look to expand your network or connections. One way to do this is to use groups. In the ‘Groups’ tabs, you will see “Groups Directory”. Select that and on the next page use Search Groups, selecting “other” from the drop down categories menu. Join the groups that interest you. Once you are a member, you will have access to the members in that group.
Also LinkedIn offers you on option of follow the company. By following the company of your choice you can see the latest updates of that company. For example no. of vacancies in that company, new hires promotions etc.