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How to Write Good LinkedIn Recommendations

LinkedIn Recommendations is a great tool, but they are only helpful if they provide knowledgeable, accurate information. Here are a few things to keep in mind when trying to make your recommendation stand [more…]

How to Create a LinkedIn Recommendation

Once you have seriously considered which of your LinkedIn contacts you feel comfortable putting your stamp of approval on, you’re ready to write your first recommendation. To create a recommendation, first [more…]

How to Request a LinkedIn Recommendation

In an ideal world, you’d never request a recommendation. A happy colleague or boss would just automatically post a raving recommendation on LinkedIn. But the reality is that most likely only your raving [more…]

How to Decline a LinkedIn Recommendation

Unfortunately, not everyone naturally writes good recommendations, and all your LinkedIn connections may not be experts, so it’s bound to happen eventually: Someone will write a recommendation that you [more…]

How to Edit or Remove LinkedIn Recommendations You've Made

Relationships change over time. Sometimes they get better and occasionally they get worse. As you get more LinkedIn recommendations, you might decide that you don’t want to display them all, or that you [more…]

How to Accept or Decline LinkedIn Invitations

Here is some guidance on what to do when you're faced with a LinkedIn invitation, and you have to decide whether to happily accept or gracefully decline it. When you receive an invitation to join someone's [more…]

4 Ways to Make LinkedIn Work for You

Time to find out what kinds of things you can do on LinkedIn. Here are a few topics you need to know about to get your foot in the LinkedIn door and really make the site start working for you. [more…]

LinkedIn Costs and Benefits

Signing up for LinkedIn is free, and many functions are open to all account holders, so you can take advantage of most of the opportunities that LinkedIn offers. You can pay a monthly fee for a premium [more…]

How to Navigate Around LinkedIn

When you're ready to get started, you can sign up for an account on LinkedIn. There are two important areas on your LinkedIn home page that you'll use a lot: the top navigation bar and the Accounts and [more…]

How to Join LinkedIn with an Invitation

When a friend or colleague invites you to join LinkedIn, you receive an e-mail invitation. The e-mail clearly identifies the sender and usually has as its subject line. [more…]

How to Join LinkedIn without an Invitation

If you haven't gotten an invitation to join LinkedIn, don't let that turn you into a wallflower. You can join LinkedIn directly and easily, without an invitation from an existing user. [more…]

How to Start Building Your LinkedIn Network

You're ready to look at how to build your network, with tools and forms provided by LinkedIn. Your first step is to decide who you want to invite to connect with you on LinkedIn. [more…]

Your LinkedIn Profile: How to Choose Contact Settings

Before you dive right in and start updating your LinkedIn profile, stop and think about what kind of profile you want to construct and show to the world. Specifically, think about how you want to use LinkedIn [more…]

How to Write the Summary for Your LinkedIn Profile

Your LinkedIn profile Summary section, which appears in the top third of your profile, should give any reader a quick idea of who you are, what you've accomplished, and most importantly, what you're looking [more…]

How to Update Your LinkedIn Profile Summary and Basic Information

When you have an idea of what you want to put in your profile's Summary and Basic Information sections, it's time to go into LinkedIn and plug that data into the correct fields. When you're ready, follow [more…]

How to Add a Position to Your LinkedIn Profile

One of the most important aspects of your LinkedIn profile is the list of positions you've held over the years, including your current job. This list is especially important if you're using LinkedIn to [more…]

How to Report Education on Your LinkedIn Profile

After you document your past and current jobs, it's time to move on to the next part of your LinkedIn profile: education. After all, besides at your jobs, where else are you going to meet and stay in touch [more…]

How to Set Your LinkedIn Profile for Public Viewing

After you fully update your LinkedIn profile, your next goal is probably to share it with the entire world, not just your LinkedIn network. The best way to accomplish this is to set up your profile so [more…]

How to View Your LinkedIn Connections

There’s an old saying: “You have to know where you have come from to know where you are going.” This holds true even for LinkedIn. Before you start searching throughout the network, it's helpful to understand [more…]

How to Search the LinkedIn Network for a Specific Person

When you're ready to find a specific person, use the LinkedIn search engine, with which you can scan the tens of millions of LinkedIn members, based on keywords. The two main ways to search the network [more…]

How to Search LinkedIn by Keyword

When you search by keyword, LinkedIn analyzes everyone else's profiles to find a matching word. You can put any sort of skill, buzzword, interest, or other keyword that would be present in someone's profile [more…]

How to Search LinkedIn by Name

When you want to find a specific person on LinkedIn, you can search by name. LinkedIn has developed special First and Last Name Search fields to help you find that person. When you search by name, you [more…]

How to Search LinkedIn by Company

Sometimes, you might need to search LinkedIn by company. Maybe you're thinking of applying to a company, and you want to see who you know (or, rather, who is in your extended network) who works for that [more…]

How to Search LinkedIn by Job Title

Sometimes you might need to look for someone in a specific position on LinkedIn rather than for a specific person. After all, who knows what you go through better than other people with the same job, right [more…]

How to Perform a Reference Search on LinkedIn

One of the benefits of being a LinkedIn premium member is that you can search for someone who might have worked with someone you're researching. Perhaps you're about to hire someone but would like to speak [more…]

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