I finally made the jump and created a LinkedIn account. I'm not sure what effect it will have on my grad school life, but I am beginning to see the benefits. So what is Linkedin?
It is a professional social networking site that enables you to connect with people around the world. It helps you create a profile, make connections, get recommendations, and build a network. It is an online summary of a resume, and colleagues and recruiters can quickly glance your professional background and accomplishments. The mission of LinkedIn is "to help you be more effective in your daily work and open doors to opportunities using the professional relationships you already have." In sum, it demonstrates your ability to connect with people and use technology to your advantage.
Here are some tips to build your own profile effectively. Guy Kawasaki (Rich Dad, Poor Dad author) also lists ten ways to enhance the value of your profile.
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