What is LinkedIn?

Unlike other social networking sites,LinkedIn was created specifically for professional networking — the act of building and maintaining a group of contacts to help advance your career.. 

LinkedIn allows you to create a professional profile, a brief summary of your skills, work history, and recommendations that serves as a kind of online resume. You can also add different contacts, known as connections, to build your network.

Watch this introductory video from LinkedIn to learn more.


Click on the image above to learn how to set up an account


Why Use LinkedIn?

It's important to remember that the majority ofjob seekers found their most recent position by networking, either through referrals or direct contact with a hiring manager. LinkedIn is an ideal tool for expanding your professional network. Whether you're reaching out to colleagues you already know or establishing new relationships with people in your field, you'll be able to stay organized and keep in touch with your connections.

More and more employers have also started using LinkedIn to screen and recruit potential candidates. Creating an effective profile and building connections could make a big difference when searching for your next job. With the right approach, you might even have employers contacting you about the latest job openings.

Getting Started

To create a LinkedIn account, simply go to After you enter your basic information, LinkedIn will guide you through the process of creating your account step-by-step.

If you've never used any kind of online networking site before, LinkedIn can seem a little intimidating at first glance. Fortunately, LinkedIn has created a series of different resources that will have you navigating the site like an expert in no time. Even if you're already an experienced user of other social networking platforms, like Facebook or Twitter, you'll need to take some time to learn how to use LinkedIn's different features.