In case you haven’t heard, LinkedIn, “the largest professional networking site in the world,” helps people to connect with colleagues and classmates past and present. It’s a great way to increase your professional network and get in touch with people who can help you advance in your career. The other day I came across an article by Amy Levin-Epstein, LinkedIn: 3 ways to use it much more efficiently, in which LinkedIn’s Senior Manager of Corporate Communications and the company’s Connection Director shared new strategies for getting the most out of the site. They recommend: 1)using the site more regularly to stay up to date on the latest trends in your field including promotions, mergers, and best practices, 2) following some of the 2 million companies using LinkedIn which will provide you with automatic updates, like job opening, on your homepage, and 3) taking advantage of LinkedIn Answers.
LinkedIn Answers was new to me and the tip I was most excited to try out. This feature allows you to get targeted information from the LinkedIn community as well as show off your own skills and expertise by answering other people’s (did someone say “smartest kid in the class”) inquiries all while building your professional network.
If you’re not already signed up with LinkedIn, do it!!! and let us know if you have a LinkedIn tip.