Reviewed by: Gary on 06/07/2011
When you enroll in Linked In you are asked to set up a profile. Your
profile will include your name address, phone numbers and contact
information, current and past employers, schools youve attended, as
well as other information similar to a Vita or Resume.
that you associate with, your contacts, in Linked In are called
Connections. Users can invite anyone (whether a site user or not) to
become a connection. You can search by name and organization for
peoples names that you know.
You can joint different groups on
Linked In. Schools youve attended or places you work frequently have
groups. Some groups you are free to join. Others require that you
request admission and someone on the other end needs to decide to admit
Group members are free to provide updates. Updates can take a
variety of forms. People requesting assistance of one kind or another.
People providing news and information. People looking for career advice.
People who have open jobs or people looking for jobs. Each time a new
discussion topic or update topic is initiated, you receive an email;
letting you know about the new topic.
Potentially the most useful aspect of Linked In might be the job
listings Ive found. I suspect you would need to be cautious in using
these. Some companies seem to make a point of using Linked In. Microsoft
is a good example. Others companies or industries appear to be less
For those that do use the website, they in some
cases provide a very comprehensive description including contact
information and directions for applying for the job.
Business information may also be provided about Companies
In some cases either the companes or individuals have identified their new employees or new places of employment.
use is by individuals seeking information on the best places to look
for certain kinds of experience or specific types of jobs. This update
came in as an email while I was completing this exercise.
In seems to be a user friendly and useful website, though if I were
desperately in need of a job, I would not rely completely on the website
alone as it seems it might be a hit or miss whether you find the right
individual or piece of information.