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Networking on the 'Net

Getting connected with LinkedIn is a great networking strategy
Getting connected with LinkedIn is a great networking strategy

LinkedIn has garnered a lot of attention in the business and professional community since its founding in 2003, and it will only increase in popularity and usage as the job search becomes more electronic. What is LinkedIn? The website says "LinkedIn is an interconnected network of experienced professionals from around the world, representing 150 industries and 200 countries. You can find, be introduced to, and collaborate with qualified professionals that you need to work with to accomplish your goals."

Here are some facts highlighted on the company's website:

LinkedIn has over 55 million members in over 200 countries and territories around the world.

A new member joins LinkedIn approximately every second, and about half of our members are outside the U.S.

Executives from all Fortune 500 companies are LinkedIn members.

It's pretty easy to get started. Launch the website in your browser Point your mouse cursor over to the right side of the screen and click on "Join Now". You will be asked for your name and e-mail address along with a prompt to create a password. Follow the routine instructions and before you know it, you're interconnected with millions of other professionals all over the world. There are some pretty cool features where you can track down people you went to high school or college with, former colleagues you met on the job, or even a volunteer group you wish to reconnect with.

There is a fair amount of work involved to create a profile. But once you do, you're free to explore a plethora of options - one of which might include finding your next job through a LinkedIn contact! Good Luck!


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