The how-to guide for LinkedIn

A new LinkedIn beta feature allows you to sync the social networking site with Microsoft Outlook, giving you more transparency to your contacts and making it easier to grow your network.

How to Reorder Your Profile Sections

LinkedIn announced a new feature intended to give you more control over how you present your profile. Now, instead of adhering to LinkedIn's templated format, you can arrange the pieces of your profile (such as your summary, experience and recommendations) however you see fit. Here's how it works.

How to Monitor Who's Viewed My Profile

Located about halfway down your LinkedIn homepage on the right-hand side is a box-"Who's Viewed My Profile"-that gives you two statistics: how many times your profile has been viewed in the last seven days and how many times you have appeared in search results in the last seven days. Here's advice on how and why to keep an eye on who is checking out your LinkedIn profile.

How to Increase Your Presence With Network Updates

An underused-yet valuable-feature on LinkedIn is the "Network Updates" element. The Network Updates box, located on your homepage below your Inbox updates, is the area that you can use as your "professional billboard," using 140 characters or less. Want to stay top of mind with your LinkedIn connections? This tool, when used effectively, helps you do just that.

How to Get the Most From "Answers"

LinkedIn's Answers feature can help you showcase your expertise and connect you with people that hold similar interests, but use it with caution, experts say.

How to Use "Company Follow"

LinkedIn announces a new feature that lets you keep track of key developments at companies you like. Here's how to use it and how to manage your settings.

How to Find and Follow Your LinkedIn Connections on Twitter

A new LinkedIn feature bridges the gap between your LinkedIn connections and your Twitter followers. Here are step-by-step instructions for getting started.

How to Rank Higher in Search Results

If you're in the market for a new job, looking to gain exposure in your industry or searching for new clients, ranking high on LinkedIn search results is essential. These three simple tips will help keep you top of mind and at the top of search results.

LinkedIn Apps

LinkedIn Tip: Digitize Business Cards with CardMunch

LinkedIn is re-launching CardMunch, an iPhone app that scans business cards and turns them into contacts you can connect with on LinkedIn. Heres how it works, along with some new features.

10 Alternative Social Networks for Business Professionals

LinkedIn maybe No. 1 when it comes to professional social networking, but your quest to connect doesn't need to stop there. Here's a look at 10 social networks for professionals that offer a variety of features such as Facebook integration, career advice, resume critiques and more.

How Hotmail Users Can Grow Their LinkedIn Network

Using a feature called Active Views, Microsoft Hotmail users can send LinkedIn connection requests and follow companies without leaving their e-mail inbox.

LinkedIn Quick Tip: How to Navigate the New Polls

LinkedIn is revamping its poll feature to include a more user-friendly interface, increased sharing options and better analytics. Here's what you need to know.

5 Must-Have LinkedIn Apps: Pump Up Your Profile

Looking to enhance your LinkedIn profile? LinkedIn's applications add another dimension to your professional persona and can give hiring managers a better peek into your 9 to 5 life.

LinkedIn Etiquette

LinkedIn Connections: When to Accept or Reject

How many LinkedIn requests do you get? Do you accept all of them? Here's why quality should trump quantity.

LinkedIn Etiquette: The Right Way to Request New Connections

If you're serious about connecting with someone on LinkedIn, skip the boilerplate invite. Instead, follow these three steps to make connections effectively.

LinkedIn Tips: How Many Connections Is Too Many?

When it comes to LinkedIn connections, some people believe more is better, creating huge networking circles. But that approach has prompted debate, with even some people inside LinkedIn saying that's a risky strategy. Here are three good reasons to beware of having too many LinkedIn connections.

Social Networking Etiquette: How to Introduce Yourself and Others Politely

Improve your social networking etiquette IQ with our expert advice on some sticky situations you see on LinkedIn and other social networking sites. How can you politely decline friend or connection requests? Effectively introduce yourself to someone who doesn't know you well? Thoughtfully connect two contacts? We've got answers.

LinkedIn Etiquette: Five Dos and Don'ts

Knowing how to interact with your connections on the professional social network isn't always as straightforward as it seems. Here are five cardinal rules that you should follow.

LinkedIn for Job Search

5 LinkedIn Tips to Prepare for Your New Job

You may have landed a new job, but your work on LinkedIn isn't done. Here are five things you need to do before day one.

Job Search: Should You Upgrade to a Paid LinkedIn Account?

If you're looking for a new job, LinkedIn's three paid accounts offer you additional job-search-specific features. Before you dole out the dough, here's what you need to know to make an informed decision.

7 Career Tips to Help You Negotiate Better

LinkedIn's newest study reveals that Americans are the most anxious workers in the world when it comes to negotiating in the workplace. These seven expert tips will help you conquer that fear and get what you want.

10 LinkedIn Tips to Boost Your Job Search

Is your job search lagging? Not seeing the results you'd like? Check out these ten expert tips from CIO.com's Kristin Burnham to enhance your search.

How to Use LinkedIn's Alumni Tool to Network, Job Hunt

LinkedIn's redesigned Alumni tool helps you find contacts from college and gives you insights into the companies they work for, the fields they work in and where they live. Here's how you can use the tool to help find an MBA program or land that dream job.

4 LinkedIn Tips to Help You Get Hired This Month

Think you can't get hired in December? Think again. Here are four ways you can take advantage of the holiday season to hone your networking skills and land the perfect job.

4 New LinkedIn Features for Job Seekers

LinkedIn's redesigned Jobs page sports a new look and a handful of updated features, making it easier for you to find the perfect job.

Job Search: Why You Should Include Volunteer Work on Your Resume

Bucking conventional career wisdom, LinkedIn says volunteer work is an important -- yet often overlooked -- component of resumes. To help members showcase their volunteer work, the professional networking site has announced a new profile section where users can list the causes that are important to them.

How to Use LinkedIn's New Job Application Feature

LinkedIn released a new plug-in that lets you apply for jobs with your LinkedIn profile by simply clicking a button.

LinkedIn Tip: How to Use 'Signal' to Job Hunt

LinkedIn's feed of member status updates and Twitter updates deliver big potential benefits for job seekers. Here's how you can use the tool to land a job others may not know about.

How to Discover the Hottest New Job Skills

LinkedIn's new beta feature gives you the low-down on job skills -- whether one is trending up or down, related job postings and geographic hotspots where your expertise can best be leveraged. Here's what you need to know about LinkedIn Skills.

New Free Tool Matches Users to Job Openings

If you're on the hunt for a job, here are two tips to ensure your profile appears as a match for LinkedIn job posts.

New Premium Account Places Job Seekers at the Top of Hiring Lists

For $20 a month, LinkedIn will move you to the top of the application pile. Is it worth it for you?

Social Networking Ever More Critical to Job Search Success

Job seekers with robust LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter profiles have better access to job opportunities at growing companies than candidates whose job searches don't include active social networking profiles, according to the results of a new survey.

Are Your Social Networking Profiles Sinking Your Job Search?

Job seekers' social networking profiles may do more harm than good in their job searches. Here are seven tips to prevent bad--or incomplete--social networking profiles from turning off a potential employer.

How to Improve Your LinkedIn Profile: Stand Out to Employers, Recruiters

With so many people job hunting now, you've got more competition than ever on LinkedIn. So how do you make your LinkedIn profile work best for you? Here are some practical tips for standing out from the crowd and reaching potential employers.

How to Use LinkedIn Company Profiles for Job Hunt, Networking

Company profile pages on LinkedIn can help you tune into a company's comings and goings, executive relationships and key business facts. Here's how to search and use LinkedIn Company Profiles to your best advantage.

LinkedIn Analysis

LinkedIn Reveals Top Childhood Dream Jobs

LinkedIn surveyed more than 8,000 professionals to find out what they wanted to be when they grew up. Here's a look at the results, plus tips for how you can use LinkedIn to get the job you always wanted, because it's never too late to dream.

Hello Cloud Storage, Goodbye Rolodex (and Other Workplace Trends)

LinkedIn names the top workplace trends and items headed for obsolescence--and also lists what's becoming mainstream. Here's a look at those items, plus three tips for ensuring you don't go the way of the fax machine.

LinkedIn Deciphers the Entrepreneur

What sets entrepreneurs apart and where do they come from? LinkedIn scoured more than 120 million profiles to paint the picture of today's entrepreneur. Here's what they found.

Men vs. Women: Who Dominates Online Professional Networking?

It's the battle of the network sexes. LinkedIn pits the women against the men to find out who's better at networking professionally online. Here's what they found.

What About Bob? LinkedIn's Top Names for CEOs, Engineers and More

Maybe you won't ever have to worry about looking presidential -- but perhaps you will wonder if a Rose by another name would sound more like a CEO.

LinkedIn Revamps Security and Privacy Options: Your Guide

LinkedIn is overhauling its Account Settings page this week. Here's a sneak peek at the new features and design.

Should You Upgrade to a Paid Account?

Social networking service LinkedIn is free, but if you choose to upgrade to a paid account, you have access to additional features. Not sure what you get from the paid level of membership to LinkedIn? Here's the lowdown on four advantages.

LinkedIn Tips: How Many Connections Is Too Many?

When it comes to LinkedIn connections, some people believe more is better, creating huge networking circles. But that approach has prompted debate, with even some people inside LinkedIn saying that's a risky strategy. Here are three good reasons to beware of having too many LinkedIn connections.

On LinkedIn, Who Should You Connect With?

You've signed up for LinkedIn, because everyone says it's the primary business social network. But to whom should you connect? Your strategy should differ from your approach to Facebook.

LinkedIn Profiles: Avoid the Six Most-Common Mistakes

Are mistakes on your LinkedIn profile costing you possible job opportunities? Check out this expert advice on LinkedIn profile pitfalls.

LinkedIn's Most Unusual Members: Meet the Super-Connected

LinkedIn open networkers, or LIONs, accept almost all LinkedIn connection requests and introduce strangers out of good will. Here's a look at this controversial group and its approximately 16,000 members who'd like to be known as the saints of social networking, but are sometimes called spammers.

LinkedIn Clamps Down On Super-Connected Users

LinkedIn has imposed new restrictions on the number of connections any one person can have, say members of the LinkedIn open networkers, a controversial group that accepts almost all LinkedIn connection requests. The group appears to be walking an increasingly fine line with the social network.

LinkedIn vs. Facebook: Is the "Boring" Underdog Poised to Beat Its Flashy Competitor?

Despite the spotlight on Facebook and its massive user base, the social network's more professional competitor, LinkedIn, is poised for profitability and more immediate financial success. Analysts also say investors see revenue potential for LinkedIn that extends beyond advertising.

Kristin Burnham covers Consumer Technology, SaaS, Social Networking and Web 2.0 for CIO.com. Follow Kristin on Twitter @kmburnham. Follow everything from CIO.com on Twitter @CIOonline. Email Kristin at kburnham@cio.com.

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