Computing Tips: LinkedIn – the online business network

Your professional relationships are key to your professional success.

LinkedIn’s mission is to help you be more effective in your daily work and open doors to opportunities using the professional relationships you already have.

LinkedIn is an online network of more than 11 million experienced professionals from around the world as of June 2007, representing 150 industries.

When you join, you create a profile that summarizes your professional accomplishments. Your profile helps you find and be found by former colleagues, clients, and partners. You can add more connections by inviting trusted contacts to join LinkedIn and connect to you.

Your network consists of your connections, your connections’ connections, and the people they know, linking you to thousands of qualified professionals.

Through your network you can:

  • Find potential clients, service providers, subject experts, and partners who come recommended
  • Be found for business opportunities
  • Search for great jobs
  • Discover inside connections that can help you land jobs and close deals
  • Post and distribute job listings
  • Find high-quality passive candidates
  • Get introduced to other professionals through the people you know

Read more: LinkedIn Professional Network Reaches 10 million Users

Create a free digital identity to advance your career: Harness the power of the internet to raise your profile. One of the best business networking sites is You can create a free professional profile where you control the content. Then your name and a link to your profile are indexed on search engines like Google, Yahoo, and others. So when someone “googles” your name, your profile will appear in the search results. This is an ideal way to showcase your skills and expertise. Recruiters now use professional networking sites like to look for new talent. And because it’s known as a professional networking tool—unlike online job boards—you don’t have to worry that your boss will assume you’re job searching if or when your profile is found.

Click this link to go to the LinkedIn web site and start building your online business network.

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