How LinkedIn works

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Lluís Enric Mayans
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LinkedIn: registration and access

To better understand how LinkedIn works, the first thing you need to do is to log into your account or register if you haven't already. So open your favorite web browser and type in the LinkedIn website address: www.linkedin.com. If you have already registered on LinkedIn, all you have to do is fill in the fields Email e Password located at the top of the LinkedIn web page. Then type the e-mail address you use to access the social network and the password linked to your account and press the button Log in. In case you haven't registered yet, you can do it for free. Enter your name and surname, the email with which you wish to register and create your password.



All done? Very well! Don't worry if this is your first time logging in or you've just signed up for LinkedIn; I'm here to explain all the features of the social network in detail. The first thing you will need to do to register your resume on LinkedIn is to indicate your country of origin and the zip code (for example 20100). You will then be asked to answer some questions that will help and guide you in compiling your online curriculum vitae.

Then indicate if you are a student or if you work, the name of your company and your qualification. All the questions that you will be asked on LinkedIn will allow you to fill out your CV in the best possible way. Once you've logged in or signed up successfully, you'll see LinkedIn will ask you to set up a job posting alert. LinkedIn, in fact, is not just a social network where you can create your curriculum vitae, as it contains some useful job search tools.



If you wish, therefore, you can set up the receipt of an email notification, in the event that an application arises for a job opportunity of a desired job. Then fill in the custom fields on the job vacancy warning screen, indicate the task and resort where you would like to find a job. Also choose whether to receive an alert every day or every week.

LinkedIn: connections

The first step to finding a job through LinkedIn is to add links; LinkedIn will come to your aid in this, suggesting some people you can keep in touch with and asking you to import your contacts via your email address.

LinkedIn connections are like Facebook friends: if you choose to connect with me on LinkedIn (find me as ridingworks), for example, you will send me a connection request which I will have to accept. My suggestion is to connect on LinkedIn with people you know (friends or acquaintances) or with current or previous co-workers. LinkedIn is a social network designed to help people stay in touch with their circle of work acquaintances, so that they can help you find a new job through their connections. By connecting on LinkedIn with people you have worked with in the past, it can also be very useful for you to have references that will help you find your next job.

If you have followed all my instructions correctly, at this point you will be on the main LinkedIn screen. Is called Home and it is a section dedicated to the flow of news. In this screen you will find updates from your contacts, from the companies you decide to follow or give them Influence, famous people.



Through the box above, you can share a status update yourself if you wish, attaching photos and videos, sharing a link or mentioning someone via the symbol @ (You can for example mention me by typing @ ridingworks). For LinkedIn status updates, you can choose whether to set some privacy options: Public (anyone on LinkedIn), Public + Twitter (anyone on LinkedIn and Twitter) or Connections (your connections on LinkedIn).

Let's now discover the section in detail Net. Click the bar at the top of the button Net. It will be through this section that you will be able to expand your contact list on LinkedIn. The social network dedicated to job search will show you by default a list of people you may know. If you click the button Connected, LinkedIn will immediately send a direct connection request to the desired user.

If you decide you no longer see a particular person in the list of suggested links, press the button X next to it. On this screen, also press the button Manage everything, if you want to manage the connection requests that you have received instead.

LinkedIn: the compilation of the curriculum vitae

The first thing you need to do to best optimize your LinkedIn profile is to create and fill out your profile for the creation of your online curriculum vitae. To do this, click on the button Tu located at the top of the menu bar. You will then have access to the screen dedicated to filling out your profile. Then follow all the instructions that LinkedIn will give you for filling out your profile.


The box Strengthen your profile he will ask you to answer some questions about yourself: which school or university did you go to? When did you finish your last work experience? Where are you working today? What are your skills? Let's start from the beginning and see together how you can best answer these questions.


Answer the question “which school or university did you go to?” By typing the name of the school or schools you attended. For example: University of Milan. Find the corresponding item in the drop-down menu and continue indicating the years in which you attended the school you indicated. For example: from 2000 to 2005. Also indicate the specialization of your course of study. For example: Journalism. Finally, indicate the type of certification you have obtained. For example: Bachelor's Degree.

Now answer the question related to the work experience you indicated. Specify in detail the start date and month, end date and month or if you are currently working on it. Also add your skills to show your connections your experience. The skills that you can indicate may refer to your skills in certain areas (for example: communication or data analysis), but also to the use of programs or applications of various types (for example: Microsoft Excel or WordPress).

Also add a summary of your experiences and interests. This is a summary section dedicated to your experiences and skills, where you can summarize your knowledge and skills in a summary description that represents you. You can include years of experience, industry or skills acquired. If you wish, you can also enter the results achieved during your career path or previous work experience.

Don't forget to fill in the information related to your previous work experience. This way LinkedIn can also help you find new connections. For each job position you choose to enter, indicate the job performed and the duration of the job.

Done? Perfect. In this way you have finished the first part of your curriculum vitae, briefly indicating your main work experiences. However, the compilation of your profile on LinkedIn does not end here: now you have to talk about your work experiences in detail. Click on the entry Add a new profile section. This will open a drop-down menu divided into different sections. In this section you will dedicate yourself to the complete compilation of your curriculum vitae, entering precise and detailed information on what your career and school career is. You will be able to illustrate your work history by including collaborations or internships and highlight your skills and strengths on a professional level.

Through your LinkedIn profile you can also list, for example, your publications, the courses you have attended or professional awards, the languages ​​you know, but also the exams you have passed. Explore and click on the items Professional and Academic Path, Expertise e Goals Achieved.

Answer the questions and describe in detail what represents you professionally. You can also add links to external documents, photos, sites, videos and presentations. Furthermore, if you wish, you can also choose to create a profile in another language.

LinkedIn: the job search

LinkedIn is a social network, but also a powerful tool for job search. In the top menu bar, press the button Work to access the section dedicated to job offers. In this section you can search and respond to job offers posted by companies. You can search by job title, keyword or company, in the location of your choice.

If you click on a published job offer, you will be able to read the job description and requirements and then eventually submit your application. For some job offers you will need to apply on the company's website, for others, you can apply directly through LinkedIn. By submitting your application in the latter way, the job creator will receive an email with your contact information and a link to your LinkedIn profile.

Looking for a job with LinkedIn is free but, if you wish, you can subscribe to the subscription LinkedIn Premium. The benefits and prices depend on the subscription taken out. For example, if you want to make the most of LinkedIn's job search tools, you can subscribe Career to LinkedIn Premium (€ 22,56 per month). You will be able to highlight your application, compared to that of other candidates, discover the companies and people who visit your profile and also compare your curriculum vitae with that of other candidates. Subscriptions Business (€ 42,69 per month), Sales (€ 58,55 per month) e Assumptions (€ 91,44 per month), they are instead more suitable for companies to be able to search for potential customers or candidates for a specific job offer.

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