How LinkedIn will fire up your career

Sharing an excerpt of what I read last week from Fortune magazine.  I read before, in Time magazine that the first thing you need to do for your career is to get a LinkedIn account, which I did. Time rarely gets it wrong. I noticed that companies are now catching up. I’m getting invites from recruiters, headhunters.  And not long, I’m getting job offers. Yipee! Now, Fortune just featured LinkedIn with numbers to show the possibilities it has for our careers. So read on and after, create your account or update it if you already have one!

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To put a sharper point on it: If you don’t have a profile on LinkedIn, you’re nowhere. Partly motivated by the cheaper, faster recruiting he can do online, Campagnino plans to make as many as 40% of his hires in the next few years through social media. Says he: “This is the future of recruiting for our company.”

Facebook is for fun. Tweets have a short shelf life. If you’re serious about managing your career, the only social site that really matters is LinkedIn. In today’s job market an invitation to “join my professional network” has become more obligatory — and more useful — than swapping business cards and churning out résumés.

The reason LinkedIn works so well for professional matchmaking is that most of its members already have jobs. A cadre of happily employed people use it to research clients before sales calls, ask their connections for advice, and read up on where former colleagues are landing gigs.

Full article here:

http://money.cnn.com/2010/03/24/technology/linkedin_social_networking.fortune/

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