LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking service. LinkedIn is a place where relationships matter. It is about who you know, as well as what you know. Developing your LinkedIn profile provides opportunites for reaching out to colleagues with similar interest, as well as promoting yourself.
LinkedIn is about connections and developing your network.
There are two ways to get started with LinkedIn: by invitation or joining without an invitation. Signing up and maintaining a basic account for LinkedIn is free.
You receive an email from a friend inviting you to join LinkedIn. Click the button or link from your invitation email; verify your name and email address and create a password. Click the Join <Name's> Network button and proceed to fill in requested information. You are then asked to click the Create My Profile button to start building your profile.
Without an invitation
Go to http://www.linkedin.com. In the Get Started section in the middle of the page enter your name, email, and a password; click the Join Now button and fill in the requested information. Next click the Create My Profile button to start building your profile.
Building Your Profile
Your profile provides an overview of your background, qualifications and skills. As you build your profile, you will be asked about the following:
Endorse skills: support colleagues by endorsing their skills.
Search for others like you: from the search box at the top of the page, select People or Groups, to begin a search for others with the same interests and skills as yourself. Or use the Interests pull-down menu to search for Companies, Groups, Pulse (influencers) or Education. Each page provides various options for connecting to others.
Research Companies: use the search box at the top of the page and type the name of the company. Click on the company name to view information about the company - such as a short company description, specialities, website, headquarter's address, industry, company size, company type, and when founded. A box on the right indicates how you are connected to the company. (This is determined by first and second degree connections.)
Most of your connections will be of the first-degree kind.
This kind of network can help you advance your career or professional goals. In turn, your can can advance others's careers or goals.
Anyone 13 years of age or older can create an account.
You can only have one active account.
There is a premium account with additional functions that does cost.