Top Tips for Using LinkedIn

Instructions, Tips and Advice for Using LinkedIn for Job Seekers

SAN ANSELMO, CA - JANUARY 27: In this photo illustration, the LinkedIn logo is displayed on the screen of a laptop computer on January 27, 2011 in San Anselmo, California.
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LinkedIn is the top site for professional networking. It's a terrific site for job searching, as well. Are you using LinkedIn effectively? Here are the top 10 tips for using LinkedIn for job seekers.

How to Sign Up and Login to LinkedIn

New to LinkedIn? Where to start and what to focus on can be confusing when you're new to LinkedIn. Here are tips on how to get started using LinkedIn for career networking and job hunting.

LinkedIn Profile Tips

One of the most important parts of LinkedIn is your profile. It's what you use to connect with people in your network and your profile is how you get found on LinkedIn. Here are tips for creating a LinkedIn profile that gets noticed.

How to Use Your LinkedIn Profile as a Resume

Your LinkedIn profile is an online version of your resume. It should have the same information that is on your resume and, if you're looking for a new job, you will want prospective employers to be able to review your credentials for employment, including your qualifications, your experience, and your skills. Here's what to include in your profile.

How to Apply for a Job on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is an excellent source of job listings. You can search and apply for jobs directly on LinkedIn. In addition, you will be able to view and contact your LinkedIn connections at the company who may be able to refer you for the job.

Even better, in many cases, you can do it all right on LinkedIn. Here are instructions on how to use LinkedIn to job search.

How to Send LinkedIn Invitations and Messages 

There are right ways and wrong ways to connect on LinkedIn. Paying attention to proper LinkedIn etiquette is a must if you want to get connected.

Here are instructions for sending LinkedIn messages and invitations including the best ways to invite people to connect with you, what to include and how to format your messages, and more guidelines for messaging on LinkedIn.

How to Get LinkedIn Recommendations

Recommendations matter on LinkedIn. A good recommendation is providing a prospective employer with a reference in advance. Here's how to get LinkedIn recommendations, who and how to ask for references, and how to manage the recommendations you have received.

How To Use LinkedIn Endorsements

Endorsements will help you get your profile noticed. Here's information on LinkedIn endorsements, including what they are, how to get them and how to turn them off, so they don't show on your profile.

How to Turn off LinkedIn Activity Broadcasts

When you're job searching and don't want your employer to know that you're updating your LinkedIn profile, it's a good idea to turn off your activity broadcasts. Here's how to set your account so your updates don't show up.

Should You Pay for LinkedIn Premium Services?

Is a LinkedIn premium account worth the investment? The answer is that it depends on both your financial resources and the strategies you are using to job search.

Here's how to decide on whether basic (free) LinkedIn is what you need or whether you should pay for premium features.

What to Include in Your LinkedIn Profile When You're Unemployed

Here's what to list in your LinkedIn Profile, including your Professional Headline and Current Position, when you are unemployed

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