15 LinkedIn Tips to Help You Find a Job, Work Smarter, Boost Your Career

6. Add your Twitter feed to your profile

By connecting your Twitter account to your LinkedIn profile, you can share updates with everyone in your network. As long as your tweets are professional in nature, this can be a good way to keep your contacts up to date on your activities. To add a Twitter account, select Edit Profile from the Profile menu, then click “Add a Twitter account” on the profile page that appears. You’ll be asked to allow LinkedIn access to your Twitter account and to log in to Twitter.

7. Follow companies that interest you

You’ve always wanted to work for Cogswell Cogs, but every time you check the “help wanted” section of their corporate site, you never see a job. Wouldn’t it be great to keep up with company turnover, job openings, and happenings for companies you want to join or even competitors you want to fail? To follow a company, simply search for the company name by selecting companies from the search bar and typing in a query. Then click on the name of the company to see its homepage. Click the follow button on the home page and select Change Following Settings. You can then decide when you’ll be notified about job openings, position changes, or company profile updates.

8. Edit your connections’ contact information to add details

By default, LinkedIn only displays a certain amount of contact information for each of your connections. If a connection hasn’t chosen to list her mobile phone number or physical location, only her e-mail address will be visible. Fortunately, you can store any additional notes and contact information you have in your contacts’ records. Simply click the View/Edit contact info at the bottom of the contact Information box. Then you can add notes, phone numbers, IM names, and more that are only visible to you.

9. Put polls on your profile to see what your connections are thinking

A great way to keep in touch with your connections is to put a poll on your profile and see how people vote. On the profile editing screen, click Add An Application and select Polls. Then create a multiple-choice poll with up to five possible answers. You can send the poll to all your first-degree connections or include it in a directory so anyone on Linked-In can vote.

10. Collaborate on projects using LinkedIn

On your profile page, click Add An Application, then select Projects and Teamspaces by Manymoon. Then you can create a project, track enhancements and bugs, and even manage customers and post jobs related to the project. Information will appear on your profile.

LinkedIn Tips

Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of Laptopmag.com since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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