4 reasons you should have a Linkedin profile
Today I’m going to be straight forward and give you 4 reasons you should have a LinkedIn profile. This website (which is the world’s professional social network) has been around since 2002 and currently has more than 1.3 million users in South Africa and more than 259 million globally. The site was founded by Reid Hoffman, Allen Blue, Konstantin Guericke, Eric Ly and Jean-Luc Vaillant.
Having a Linkedin profile is integral if you need a clean digital footprint. It doesn’t matter if you are employed or not, you should be on LinkedIn! These are the reasons why…
Reason 1 – It’s the perfect platform to network and interact with fellow job seekers / professionals
So, you are looking for a job but you don’t know who the right people are to interact with in your industry. Well, LinkedIn is the perfect network for you. It doesn’t matter if you’re a mechanic working on diesel trucks or a orthodontist, chances are that you’ll find people in your profession. There are thousands of groups on LinkedIn. Start your LinkedIn network by connecting with a few friends and expand it gradually by connecting with industry gurus and professionals. The more you are connected, the better than chance of being seen by a potential employer.
Reason 2 – LinkedIn provides you with a free professional online profile
If you complete all the required fields on your LinkedIn profile you will have a professional online profile that will be visible to anyone that “Google’s” your name. It’s a nice way to showcase your accomplishments and show-off your professional side to potential employers. It’s a completely free service, so you don’t need to worry about forking out some cash for this.
Reason 3 – LinkedIn connections can brighten up your professional profile with the recommendations and endorsements
Chances are that if you’re good at what you do, friends and other connections will endorse you for your skills. The more endorsements you get from people for a certain skill the more people will recognize for what you do. The same goes for recommendations on your profile. This will increase your chances of being seen by a potential employer.
Reason 4 – Your LinkedIn profile can be linked with Job Mail
If you have a Linkedin profile, the info can be carried over to your Job Mail profile. If you’re not registered it will add the info to your profile and if you are it will also do the same. You may be required to fill in some extra details to complete your Job Mail profile CV 100% though. You can also add your LinkedIn profile link to your Job Mail profile if you are already registered. Find out more about this in our previous post about this topic. Doing this increases the credibility of your Job Mail profile and your digital footprint. If you have queries about this, feel free to e-mail our Webmaster.
Well, there you have it, 4 reasons you should have a LinkedIn profile. We trust that this has convinced you to join the world’s biggest professional social network to assist you in your job hunting journey. If you haven’t done so already, visit the Linkedin website to create a profile.
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