How LinkedIn works

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Philippe Gloaguen

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You are trying to understand how LinkedIn works? Very well, we are here to give you a hand! In this focus we explain everything about the social network made to measure for professionals. It is a portal particularly suitable also for those looking for a job. Let's see in detail how it works and how to make the most of this platform to achieve your goals.

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How LinkedIn works

The data of Spanish LinkedIn members speak for themselves: within the social network of work there are about 11 million users from the Bel Paese. And the trend is constantly growing. You have therefore decided to register and you want to know how LinkedIn works in detail? Great, the next few lines will be dedicated to just this, or to enhance your profile.

Let's start with a premise: after registering you will have a profile that will have to be fixed and embellished as much as possible. Choose a professional photo, describe your training and work experiences in a timely but concise manner and insert a complete and well-written curriculum. These are the first essential steps to get noticed within LinkedIn. Once this is done, however, there are a whole host of features to get comfortable with to grow your network and thus increase the chances of finding a job, if that's what you're looking for. Let's go and see the main ones.

Add links

If you want LinkedIn to become an effective tool for finding a job or simply to increase your reputation in a particular sector of the Spanish world of work, you must first expand your network of contacts within the social network. The first thing you can do in this regard is to import the contacts you have on your email: it is a suggestion that LinkedIn itself gives you, keep this in mind.

Once this is done, it is good that you begin to understand the link operation, which is not very dissimilar to Facebook friendships. Basically if you choose to connect with a person, a connection request will come to that person that they will have to accept. So the advice we give you initially is to connect with people you know: friends, relatives or co-workers (even past ones).

It will also be thanks to them that you will come into contact with a circle of people you do not know: and it is much better to go from people you have already dated in real life than to request connections from users you have never had anything to do with. In this way, finding work (if this is your goal) will be easier: you will have references confirmed by your connections that will help you in your search or in any case to increase your reputation.

How to add links? Just go to the Network section and click on the bar at the top on the button of the same name: this is where you can increase your contact list. Yes, because it is the social network itself that suggests some people you may know and who are worth requesting the link. All you have to do is click on the button Connected: LinkedIn will automatically send a direct request to the user. You can also optionally decide to delete a contact from the list of suggested connections by clicking on the X button next to his profile. To manage the connection requests you have received, go to Manage all.

Fill out your Curriculum Vitae well

After putting in your personal details, professional photo and short description of your profile, now you need to create yours curriculum vitae. How to do? In the menu bar at the top, click on You: this will take you to the page where you can change the information relating to your profile. The social network will ask you a whole series of questions: which school did you go to? When did you finish your last work experience? What are your skills?

Answer all the questions LinkedIn is asking you: only in this way will you fill your Curriculum Vitae. Once you have answered everything, click on Add a new profile section: you will see a drop-down menu divided into different sections. Here you will concentrate on completing your curriculum: in fact, you will be able to enter even more precise and detailed information on your school and career path.

Highlight your skills and your work experiences, but also courses attended, professional awards, languages ​​known, exams passed, etc. In this sense, we also recommend that you take a look in the Professional and Academic Paths, Skills and Achieved Goals sections. You can also add links to external documents, photos, videos or more.

How LinkedIn works to look for work

If you intend to use LinkedIn for job search, there is a special section that you see on the top menu: by clicking on Work you will access the page where you can find job offers, and respond to those you think are interesting. You can also customize your search with keywords, locations you want and more.

Click on the offer you are interested in: by doing so you will be able to read the job description, the required requirements and then send your application (for some you can submit it directly on LinkedIn, for others you will be redirected to the company website).

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