When is the last time you spent time in LinkedIn? I know, it’s not *fun* like Facebook, and it doesn’t provide the instantaneous thrill of Twitter — sending out a message and immediately receiving a reply.
But, I’ve been doing some research for my book (yes – I am under contract to write a book on using social media for job seekers!) – and so I have been clicking around in LinkedIn a lot more than usual.
When I first launched Keppie Careers online, I spent a lot of time in LinkedIn. That was before I was really involved on Twitter. I remember enjoying answering questions and meeting new people there. Somehow, I got out of the habit once I became a power Twitter user. Asking and answering questions on LinkedIn didn’t appeal to me as much.
So, I am here to say — it’s time to check out LinkedIn if you have not already! They have a lot of new features if you haven’t been there in awhile. For example:
LinkedIn Groups have a totally redesigned landing page. Once you are in your group, it is a much more engaging online experience than before.
The inBox is being redesigned.
You can find and follow your LinkedIn friends on Twitter.
Easily update your network using the People You May Know tool. (It is amazing that it knows the people I know…It’s a combination of feeling like big brother is watching and thinking how cool it is to be able to easily connect because LinkedIn suggested it!)
You can even share videos on LinkedIn – along with your Slideshare presentations!
So, if you haven’t been on LinkedIn for awhile, take a look. There’s a lot more there than you might have realized!
And – if you have a great LinkedIn success story — especially about finding an opportunity via a stranger or using Groups for great networking, please contact me if you are interested in sharing it for the book. I’d also love to hear from any recruiters who have stories to share about LinkedIn successes. I am all ears!
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