Are You LinkedIN?

 By Breanna Standifer

In the world of social media, is there such a thing as being “over connected?” With so many social networks, like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Linkedin, it’s hard to keep up.

I’m an avid Facebook user, an up-and-coming tweeter and a lover of Pinterest (when I have time), but I’ve been going back and forth trying to decide if I want to join LinkedIn. Keeping up with these social networks is almost a full-time job, so I wondered, if I added another social network, would I use it?

I decided to do a little research. After looking up a couple of blogs and digging a little deeper, I came to the conclusion that LinkedIn would be more beneficial for me personally than the other social networks. I won’t be abandoning my Facebook connections, Twitter trends and Pinterest picture expression, but there are many opportunities to build my professional network on LinkedIn.

According to tips mentioned by Nicole Williams, LinkedIn Blog contributor, there are several ways to create meaningful connections that do not necessarily have to take a lot of time.

  • Quality over quantity, because every status update shared is a reflection of who you are as a professional.
    • Professionals who share articles or content with their LinkedIn network at least once a week are nearly 10 times more likely to be contacted by a recruiter for new opportunities than people who don’t share with their network.

  • Use the mobile and iPad apps to connect on-the-go or share industry stories via LinkedIn Today.
  • Follow companies you admire and who are part of your “dream list,” and follow your own company and share relevant updates.
  • Personalize your profile with a photo; it will make you seven times more likely to have your profile viewed.
  • They say a new member joins approximately every two seconds – well add me to the 175 million. Do you use LinkedIn? If you do, I would love to hear how you have benefited from its use. Feel free to comment below or tweet me at @bmstandifer.

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