What do you know about the website LinkedIn? Maybe you have heard a few things, like:
- a networking site for people looking for jobs and/or a career change
- a site where business professionals and entrepreneurs can network
- a social media site where people can make new friends and reconnect with old friends
- a site where employers can actively seek and recruit qualified candidates for jobs that need to be filled
Truth is, LinkedIn is all of the above and more. If you have a business and want to increase sales or look for new customers, LinkedIn could be a very valuable tool to use. If you are fed up and stressed out in your current job and wish to find a better job, LinkedIn can also be of help. Let me show you how….
What’s It All About?
LinkedIn was created by co-founder Reid Hoffman in 2002 and the website was officially launched on May 5, 2003. It now has over 380 million members worldwide, including executives from Fortune 500 companies. As stated on the official website, its mission is to “connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful”. Therefore, if you are a business entrepreneur or professional and have the desire to become more productive and successful, then joining LinkedIn should be a no-brainer for you.
Types of LinkedIn Accounts
There are 2 main types of LinkedIn accounts to choose from–the Basic, which is free, and the Premium, which is a paid subscription. The price varies from $29.99/month to $119.95/month depending on the type of plan chosen. All Premium accounts have a 30 day free trial period. Based on my research, I would recommend you open a basic account if you are just starting out. However, if you have a business and wish to increase sales or you are a job seeker who is really serious about standing out from everyone else to potential employers, I would recommend you open a Premium account. The Premium account has more features that will better enhance your profile and make it stand out more. Here are some of the popular features of the Premium account:
A Personal LinkedIn Testimony
If you are still on the fence as to whether or not to join LinkedIn or have doubts that LinkedIn really works, I can understand how you feel because I also felt that way. I no longer have any doubts as to LinkedIn’s validity because it has helped me get a new job that I am very glad to have stumbled upon. When I say I “stumbled upon” the listing for my new job, I mean just that–I found my current job by accident.
Back in April of 2015, I received an email from my investment broker saying that he wanted to connect with me on LinkedIn. I thought about it, and decided to make the connection. So I clicked on the link from the email that would connect me to the LinkedIn website. (I have had a LinkedIn account for some time; but prior to receiving the email from my investment broker, I seldom logged into it.) I made the connection with my broker. Once that was completed, I decided to just scan the website to see what was happening. Lo and behold, I saw a job listing for a lab technologist position at a hospital that I had worked at 11 years ago. I left this hospital because I was downsized. Fortunately, the position listed happened to be in the same department with the same manager that I had previously worked with. I couldn’t believe my eyes; I wondered if this was for real. I quickly decided to apply because I felt that I had a real good chance of getting this job. The manager was not happy that I was downsized; she did not want to lose me because she felt I was a good worker. When I called her, she was happy to hear from me and glad to know that I was interested in the position, and immediately set up an interview for me. I went to the interview, and four months later, I was officially hired.
This experience has made me realize the following:
- Many employers now use LinkedIn to list job openings
- Making connections with other members can directly or indirectly lead to a new job or new opportunity
- If I did not make the connection with my broker, I would never have known about the job opening at the hospital
I hope that I have shed some light on what LinkedIn is all about and why you should consider joining it if you are serious about either increasing your business or looking for a new job. Of course, I cannot predict that what happened to me will happen to you. However, you will never know if you don’t take the opportunity to find out. Remember, you can try it out for free with a Basic account. This website also has webinars on how to set up your LinkedIn profile and also how to make it work best for you. If you need help, feel free to either comment or ask questions below. I wish you much success in your endeavors.