November 30, 2009 | Barb Carr

Career Development: Get Linked In!

HandshakeHow can you make business contacts who can launch your career development without spending hours at networking events or cold calling? LinkedIn, of course! LinkedIn is quickly emerging as a substitute to the Rolodex, and the way professionals maintain business relationships. It is an indispensable tool to keep up with what your business associates are doing, and to get important introductions. If you don’t have a free account on LinkedIn, it’s time to get started:

Set up a Profile

You don’t have to be a web expert or copywriter to set up an excellent profile. LinkedIn offers user-friendly tools to help you. Use the tools to:

1) Create and promote your customized URL (and don’t forget to add your customized URL to your outgoing e-mails — your LinkedIn profile can serve as your professional website).

2) Optimize your profile (See “What Recruiters Look for in a LinkedIn Profile: 8 Tips“).

People with more than 20 connections are 34 more times likely to be approached with a job opportunity than people with less than 5, and adding connections is very easy.

Add Connections

1) Add people you already know using LinkedIn Webmail Contacts Importer.

2) Add companies you’ve worked for and schools you’ve attended to your profile to find former colleagues and classmates and to help them find you.

3) Take the stack of business cards you’ve collected at conferences and networking events out of your desk drawer, and look up those people on LinkedIn to re-connect. Remember to follow-up a meeting with a new business associate on LinkedIn by sending them a note about your meeting, and asking them to connect.

4) Connect with us! Don’t forget to add System Improvement President, Mark Paradies to your connections, and meet other TapRooT® Friends and Users worldwide on the LinkedIn TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Users and Friends group!

It’s that easy! LinkedIn and other social networking tools are quickly transforming the way people meet and find amazing career opportunities.

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