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Jonathan RozenblitDeveloper Evangelist
Susan IbachDeveloper Evangelist
I know most of you are on Facebook. But I know a lot of us are still trying to figure out exactly how to use LinkedIn. I wanted to make sure you aren’t missing out on a tool that can help you find work opportunities.
Facebook is generally regarded as a tool for keeping in touch with friends near and far, it is also used by companies to share information about promotions and offers. LinkedIn is generally regarded as more business oriented. It has become a tool used by recruiters to find potential employees and a way for professionals to network with other professionals through groups and connections. I also get emails through LinkedIn asking me if I know anyone suitable to fill different job positions, or if I am interested in a specific opportunity.
I go to Facebook to make comments on my friends photos, I accept friend requests from people I have met over the years and former classmates.
I go to LinkedIn to share technical resources, to find out about technical events going on in the community, and to build my professional network. It is interesting how often I will be presenting a topic, and will walk around the room and spot someone perusing my Linked In Profile. Creating a Linked In account and setting up your profile is like creating an online resume. There’s a great blog that provides some stats and quotes about how employers use LinkedIn during the hiring process.
Here are ten tips to help you create a suitable LinkedIn profile in no particular order