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LinkedIn is the world's largest professional network at https://www.linkedin.com, with more than 450 million members in 200 countries and territories around the globe. The site allows users (workers and employers) to create their profiles and connections to other accounts in an online network of their professional relationships. According to Alexa, LinkedIn is the 15th most-visited website on the Internet.
LinkedIn is created with a simple mission: To connect the world's professionals to make them more productive and successful. When you join LinkedIn, you get access to people, jobs, news, updates, and insights that help you be great at what you do.
Microsoft is expected to acquire LinkedIn for US$26.2 billion by the end of 2016.
1. Create an account
- Go to https://www.linkedin.com. You will see the sign-up section for a moment.
- Provide your full name, email, and choose a password.
- Click Join now.
Your account has been created; the site will guide you through a few more steps to help you create your profile. For more details, please go here.
2. Sign into LinkedIn
- Go to https://www.linkedin.com. The sign-in section is at the top.
- Enter you email and password.
- Click Sign in.
Go to our LinkedIn Sign in page for more detailed instructions.
A. User profile network
The basic feature of LinkedIn is to allow its users (workers and employers) to create profiles, whereby potential candidates could show their curriculum vitae of work experience, skills, education, and training. The site also enables its members to make connections with each other to form an online social network representing real-world professional relationships. These connections can be used in a number of ways:
- Obtaining introduction to connections of connections (second-degree connections) and connections of second-degree connections (third-degree connections)
- Finding jobs, people, business opportunities recommended by someone in one's contact network
- Employers can list jobs and search for potential candidates.
- Users can follow companies and see who visited their profile page.
LinkedIn supports the formation of interest groups. As of October 2016, there are more than 1.6 million groups on LinkedIn. The majority of the largest groups are employment related, but there are groups with a wide range of other topics including professional and career issues, and even groups for both academic and corporate alumni. Groups support a limited form of discussion area, moderated by the group owners and managers. Groups also keep their members posted by informing via emails about any updates to the group including most-talked-about discussions within your professional circles. There are 3 levels of privacy that groups may have. Groups may be private, accessible to its members only or open for the public (However, it still requires membership to post messages).
C. Job listings and online recruiting
Users can search for companies that they may be interested in working with. When typing the name of a company in the search box, statistics about that company are provided, which may include the location of the company's headquarter and offices, a list of present or former employees or the ratio of male to female employees. Companies have the option to allow job seekers to apply for positions using their LinkedIn profiles as resumes with the "Apply with LinkedIn" button.
LinkedIn is also increasingly used as a source for job recruiters to find potential candidates. By using the Advanced search tools, recruiters can find members matching their key words with just a mouse click.
LinkedIn has a mobile version of the web, as well as an app available for Android and iOS devices. Go here for the app page.