I recently wrote a blog at Birds on the Blog about how to use LinkedIn for job searching and reminded myself of how important it is as social networking site for professionals. Not only are there jobs advertised but there are also numerous opportunities for positioning companies and individuals as experts.
It’s easy to contribute to the groups, post questions in the ‘Answers’ section and do online research about people, positions and companies.
The idea about building connections and developing a strong network is not new, but on LinkedIn it is fairly simple. And through the network one can discover jobs, business opportunities or just new contacts.
As an employer, one can post vacancies whislt searching for suitable applicants and as a Jobseeker, one can discover who is hiring, read the profile of hiring managers and discover which of their existing contacts can introduce them. It’s also possible to save information about companies that are of interest. The company information can be essential in preparation for job interviews and applications.
I thoroughly recommend LinkedIn and if you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, sign-up for one now. It’s never too late to expand your opportunities.
As always, I'd love to hear your thoughts!