Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Why you should have a LinkedIn account

LinkedIn is a powerful social networking tool which will expand your network and enable you to stay ahead in your career.

I am always surprised when someone tells me they don’t have a LinkedIn account because they can’t see the point.  There are lots of reasons why you should be on LinkedIn and here are just five of them.
1.     Employers and recruitment agencies are now using LinkedIn as a headhunting tool.  It is an easy way for them to find out about you and make contact with you.   Even if you are not actively seeking a job, you may be approached and may be offered an even better job with more money.  If you are not on LinkedIn, you are closing the door to these opportunities. 

2.     Many employers now automatically download a candidate’s LinkedIn profile when they apply for a job.  Your LinkedIn profile gives you another opportunity to tell them what you can do and what you have achieved. 

3.     Group discussions on LinkedIn can enhance your knowledge on topics you are interested in and create job opportunities. 

4.     You can build a large network of contacts.  Imagine you are made redundant next year.  Who would you turn to for help?  Is your current network big enough?  LinkedIn is a hassle free way of networking and can connect you with past colleagues, friends and acquaintances. 

5.     LinkedIn is an online CV which must be kept up to date in order for you to get the most out of the social networking tool. This means that when you are actively looking for a job you will always have an up to date CV to hand. 

Without LinkedIn in your life, you are missing out on a whole world of opportunity to connect with people with similar interests. Start building your LinkedIn profile now and use my blog on writing a great LinkedIn profile to assist.

This article may also be of interest to you: Five LinkedIn Strategies You Haven’t Thought Of Before)

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