To make effective use of the functionality and advantages of LinkedIn, stay updated, and enhance your professional life, keep these helpful LinkedIn tips in mind:

  • Start leaving recommendations for first-degree network connections that you feel have earned a great one.

  • Invest a good amount of time upfront to create a great, detailed profile.

  • Spend a small but productive amount of time, on a consistent basis, updating and maintaining your LinkedIn network and profile.

  • Use lots of search terms in an advanced search to find the right person. If you get no results, remove one or two words and try again.

  • Research someone on LinkedIn before meeting him in a job interview or business meeting.

  • Do a reference check on any potential job hires using LinkedIn before you make an offer to candidates.

  • Use LinkedIn's Publisher platform to write long-form posts and demonstrate your knowledge to the community.

  • Scan through your network updates using the website or the LinkedIn mobile apps to stay current on what your network is doing.

  • Use the LinkedIn Status Update function (Share an Update) to keep your network appraised of your business.