Office of Career Services

You know about Facebook, now meet its “grown-up” cousin, LinkedIn

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Already adept at using social networking sites? Make them work for you in your career development, too. With a few strokes of the keyboard you can create a LinkedIn profile and be on your way.

Among other resources online, job seekers and even professionals seeking to build their businesses through contacts with others can use LinkedIn as a tool to leverage the power of referral to connect with opportunities.

According to LinkedIn’s PR page, 35 million users from 200 countries and in 170 industries  are registered as of February 2009.  Executives from all Fortune 500 companies have LinkedIn profiles and about half of all LinkedIn members are international.

Find, be introduced to, recommend to others and collaborate with professionals all over the world.  View job postings and hiring managers’ profiles or seek a candidate for your own organization. 

While you won’t go to LinkedIn to view pictures of your friends’ parties or get updates on their day-to-day activities, you will use the power of networking - the most effective job search strategy and more important than ever in this economy - to meet your career planning goals.