How do you use LinkedIn? I see many people who simply set up their account with the minimal information, displaying maybe just their resume details. On the other hand, there are a few who use it wisely for networking purpose, sending frequent updates of their business to those in the same networks, thereby promoting themselves and being seen.
I must admit I am only relatively new to LinkedIn – I haven’t venture out to find and test all of its capabilities yet. However, I will say this – it is such a brilliant professional development platform.
Forget about looking through training catalogues for suitable courses, seminars and conferences because I am getting plenty of learning from the networks I am in. I have joined a few which seem to have a high number of memberships and are related to my work, then BANG! – everyday I get updates on professionals around the world who shares their expertise via the discussions they create.
I like it. With so much knowledge gathered all in one place, it would be a waste not to tap into their knowledge base.
Now here’s an interesting statistics for you, results from a recent survey (by Lab42) of 500 LinkedIn members. Which group do you belong?
- 61 percent used LinkedIn as their main source of online professional networking,
- over 80 percent belong to one group or more on LinkedIn, and
- top executives reported using LinkedIn primarily for industry networking (22 percent) while nearly 1/4 of entry level respondents (24 percent) used it for job searches.