LinkedIn: 15 Tips and Tricks You Didn’t Know (Part 1)

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LinkedIn is the now-booming social media website designed with the needs of professional individuals in mind. The internet destination is primarily business-oriented and offers users a unique alternative to Facebook. This site is a revolutionary concept that is transforming the art of professional networking and deserves some recognition. To tell you everything you need to know about mastering the site, we have compiled a helpful list of all of the tips and tricks to help you along with career goals. Stay tuned for our part two article, coming soon with the top eight tips and tricks you didn’t know about LinkedIn!

Number Fifteen: It Offers Customized Features

Like the rest of the electronic world these days, this website is putting forth immense effort to create a customized experience for its users. Many account-holders primarily take advantage of the site’s ability to help spread a resume, but it can actually be a great destination for business news. Your feed on the stories that you receive is customizable, offering updates for career news as well as business and industry news.

Number Fourteen: Networking in Groups

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In addition to creating a customizable news feed, the site also allows users to create groups. This feature allows professionals to simply organize their various contacts, or put themselves out into the realm of other professionals to interact or be recognized.

Number Thirteen: LinkedIn Labs

If you are familiar with Gmail Labs, this site has a similar feature. The Labs offer an array of widgets currently being tested for the site. These widgets feature capabilities anywhere from creative layouts, to timeline views, to even mobile services.

Number Twelve: They Can Really Enhance Your Career

Of all of the 347 million international users of the site, as many as 89.&% report that LinkedIn has aided them in expanding their professional horizons. The site claims to be most helpful in expanding a user’s professional audience through online networking, and that is exactly what they are best at.

Number Eleven: You Have to be Serious

To receive the best results from the online networking destination, you have to be dedicated to the cause. The average user (about 42% of the site’s user base) spends about 17 minutes on the site per month but are consistently keeping their information up-to-date to maximize opportunities. In comparison, a whopping 35% of the site’s users return daily to keep up with developments.

Number Ten: The Simple Process

When using LinkedIn, a professional’s chances of being recognized are vastly increased. It is estimated that one out of every three professionals around the globe are connected to the site. The potential in the site is simple to take advantage of with a few select tricks. One of the most important features of a user’s profile is their photo, increasing the chance of receiving views by as much as 11 times.

Number Nine: Changing the Layouts

One of the most helpful and lesser known tricks of manipulating the site is to organize your profile in the way you want it to appear to your viewers. Many users believe that the layout of a profile is fixed, but it can actually be customized under the “Edit Profile” option. By doing this, you can emphasize the best parts of your profile as the first thing that viewers will see. Stay tuned for our part two article, coming soon with the top eight tips and tricks you didn’t know about LinkedIn!

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