LinkedIn is an American business and employment-oriented service that operates via websites and mobile apps. Founded on December 28, 2002, and launched on May 5, 2003, it is mainly used for professional networking, including employers posting jobs and job seekers posting their CVs.  LinkedIn is a great venue for professionals to connect. But having hundreds of connections, stacks of skills and endorsements, a killer review of your experience and a flattering but professional headshot -doesn’t guarantee productive networking.

Step up the ladder to career success with some ways to get a little bit more out of LinkedIn:

Polish your profile.

Keep it always up to date and make sure it reflects the entirety of your professional life. Showcase your projects if necessary and make sure to add relevant information for prospect employers.

Connect Through Search Button.

Skip the step of verification while connecting to a LinkedIn member by searching for the profile and clicking connect button at the side. This saves time and lets you connect with influencers.

Save job searches and receive email alerts.

Looking for a new job? You can save job searches you’ve made before and set the option to receive weekly or monthly. This way you can always stay updated.

Set up anonymous profile viewing.

It’s not a sin to delve into someone’s professional life but the least you can do is do it anonymously. This is because LinkedIn’s default setting notifies the user if someone viewed his profile.

Import your email contacts.

The best way to connect with people from your industry is to import your email contacts to LinkedIn. Searching through your email contacts is a great way to find anyone who might have slipped your mind or works in a different industry than they did before.

Join groups.

Wondering how to connect with people you don’t know? LinkedIn groups make it possible. Search for groups which best suits your interests and interact with more people. Each group has a page with an open forum and job board, helping those within the group help each other. Also, group memberships appear on your public profile by default, which will help connections see what you do beyond your listed experience.

Use Advanced Search.

Using advanced search is the best tool if you’re looking for the perfect candidate for a job opening. Type in specific search terms to filter candidates. Almost every professional has a LinkedIn page. Take LinkedIn to some serious consideration aside from advertising in a paid job site.

Ask for recommendations.

Recommendations add credibility and depth to your experience. Don’t feel shy to ask for recommendations, you can also reciprocate it with a recommendation.

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