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LinkedIn

LinkedIn is the world's largest professional network at https://www.linkedin.com, with more than 450 million members in 200 countries and territories around the globe. The site allows users (workers and employers) to create profiles and connections to each other in an online social network of real-world professional relationships. According to Alexa, LinkedIn is the 15th most-visited website on the Internet.

LinkedIn is created with a simple mission: To connect the world's professionals to make them more productive and successful. When you join LinkedIn, you get access to people, jobs, news, updates, and insights that help you be great at what you do.

Microsoft is expected to acquire LinkedIn for US$26.2 billion by the end of 2016.

1. Create an account

  1. Go to https://www.linkedin.com. You will see the sign-up section right away.
  2. Provide your full name, email, and choose a password.
  3. Click Join now.

Your account is created; the site will take you through a few more steps to help you create your profile. For more details, please go here.

2. Sign into LinkedIn

  1. Go to https://www.linkedin.com. The sign-in section is at the top.
  2. Enter you email and password.
  3. Click Sign in.

Go to our LinkedIn Sign in page for more detailed instructions.

3. Feature

A. User profile network

The basic feature of LinkedIn is allowing users (workers and employers) to create profiles, which for employees usually consists of a curriculum vitae describing their work experience, skills, education, and training. The site also enables members to make connections to each other to form an online social network representing real-world professional relationships. These connections can be used in a number of ways:

  • Obtaining introduction to connections of connections (second-degree connections) and connections of second-degree connections (third-degree connections)
  • Finding jobs, people, business opportunities recommended by someone in one's contact network
  • Employers can list jobs and search for potential candidates.
  • Users can follow companies and see who visited their profile page.

B. Groups

LinkedIn supports the formation of interest groups. As of October 2016, there are more than 1.6 million groups on LinkedIn. The majority of the largest groups are employment related, but there are groups with a wide range of other topics including professional and career issues, and even groups for both academic and corporate alumni. Groups support a limited form of discussion area, moderated by the group owners and managers. Groups also keep their members posted by informing them via emails about updates to the group including most-talked-about discussions within your professional circles. There are 3 levels of privacy that groups may have. Groups may be private, accessible to members only or open for the Internet to see (still needed membership to post messages).

C. Job listings and online recruiting

Users can search for companies that they may be interested in working with. When typing the name of a company in the search box, statistics about that company are provided, which may include the location of the company's headquarter and offices, a list of present or former employees or the ratio of male to female employees. Companies have the option to allow job seekers to apply for positions using their LinkedIn profiles as resumes with the "Apply with LinkedIn" button.

LinkedIn is also increasingly used as a source for job recruiters to find potential candidates. By using the Advanced search tools, recruiters can find members matching their key words within a click of a mouse.

D. Mobile

LinkedIn has a mobile version of the site, as well as an app available for Android and iOS devices. Go here for the app page.

LinkedIn is the world's largest professional network allow users (workers and employers) to create profiles and connections to each other.

Launched: 2002

Available in 200 countries.

Users: 450 million (October 2016)

Owner: LinkedIn Corporation.

Web address: www.linkedin.com