05.3 – LinkedIn

  1. Read About LInkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/static?key=company_info&trk=ftr_abt) at LinkedIn, or check out the Wikipedia article about LinkedIn (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linkedin).
  2. Go to LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com) and create an account.
    • LinkedIn is targeted toward professionals who are trying to network with each other. It has a more professional look and feel to it than Facebook or MySpace.
  3. Your Profile.
    • Your LInkedIn profile looks a lot like a resume or a curriculum vitae. You can add information about jobs you’ve had in the past, things you did, schools you attended, etc.
    • On your profile page you can get a little button or widget that says “View my profile on LinkedIn” to put in your blog sidebar. Give that a shot.
  4. Look for People to connect to.
    • Choose the “People” tab at the top of the screen.
    • Search directly for a person by name.
    • Do an advanced search and look for people with certain criteria – try doing and Industry search for Libraries.
    • When you find someone you want to connect with, you have to look at their profile. You then have up to three choices of how to connect with them.
      • You can “Add Person to Your Network” – Use this if it’s available, with people you already know.
      • “Get Introduced” – Once you’ve built a network, you can use your contacts to introduce you to people you don’t know, if you don’t feel comfortable just adding them to your network.
      • Send an “InMail.” This is the basic option. You send them a message and ask to be connected with them.
    • Under the Home tab, you can also find people by letting LinkedIn go through your address book, or by searching for people by school or job location. Try searching for people where you work. Try searching for people at the college you went to.

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