A Look at LinkedIn
May 27th, 2013
A Look at LinkedIn
In using the internet for a variety of activities, it provides an open dialogue that allows people from all over the world to connect with one another in an easy/fast manner. As technology is constantly evolving, many opportunities open up that allows the ability to connect and work with another with little to no effort. As businesses (more specifically individuals within various industries) are connecting with counterparts in areas they would not have been able to before; the importance of networking comes into play.
The need for establishing and maintaining professional network contacts is one of the main reasons that having a LinkedIn account has become almost a requirement. A LinkedIn member’s profile page contains information such as employment history and education as well allows members to select professional network news feeds. The price of a basic membership for LinkedIn is free; though it you can opt to pay monthly fees that provide perks that include top listing in resume searches and better access to contacts. Unlike other social networking sites like Facebook or Google+, LinkedIn requires members to have connections to have a pre-existing relationship (either as a friend, co-worker, have done business together, etc).
As stated by Breitbarth (20) “LinkedIn is the largest and best database for finding business professionals in the world. With millions of LinkedIn members around the globe, never in your lifetime have you had an opportunity to keyword search such an immense database to find just the right person. Whether that person is a potential employer, customer, vendor, supplier, strategic partner or maybe just a speaker for your upcoming event, LinkedIn will help you find a person who meets your specific criteria.” Participants are motivated to join on both a personal and professional plane as it is a convenient way to re-connect with past...