LinkedIn tips and tricks

by Kristin Burnham, CIO - With over 60 million members in over 200 countries, LinkedIn is the social network for professionals. Here's a collection of LinkedIn quick tips and tricks to help you take your profile and user experience to the next level.

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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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

How to Integrate LinkedIn With Outlook 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. Read more

Staff Writer Kristin Burnham covers consumer Web and social technologies for She writes frequently on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google. You can follow her on Twitter: @kmburnham.

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