How to use LinkedIn?

Launched in 2003, LinkedIn is a professional social network. Thanks to the latter, you keep in touch with your colleagues, clients and apply for job offers. In France, there are  14 million registered users and 3.2 million monthly users. Will you be the next LinkedIn member to boost your professional career?

Create an account

Creating a LinkedIn account is free and very simple.
Go to the website of the platform, www.linkedin.com, then fill in the registration form (first name, last name, email address). Then you just have to be guided by the steps that appear on the screen.

LinkedIn is asking you to add a photo to your profile. This is not mandatory, but be aware that if you are looking for a job, a photo can increase your chances of being recruited.

Now it is necessary to add additional information to your profile.

To do this, click on You at the top of your window and then on the Pen icon to the right of your name.

You can not only modify your data but also add your training and professional experiences, download your CV, …

Do not forget to confirm each change by clicking Save, bottom right.

Set up your Account

Like any registration on a social network, you agree to share personal information. You have the option to make it public or private, follow the path, your → Preferences and Privacy.

And, to change your personal information, access (public or not) and your preferred communication methods (notifications or messages), go to the tabs Account, Privacy, and Communication.

Your Professional Network

LinkedIn’s goal is to develop your professional network. The relationships you have created throughout your student or professional career are of great interest to your profile. It is therefore important to add LinkedIn members who can help you boost your career.

Depending on the company you entered in the registration form, you will see posted on your profile all the people who added the same.

On the same principle as Facebook, to develop your network you must send an invitation to every LinkedIn member you know, or with whom you want to build professional links.

To expand your network, go to the horizontal menu (at the top of your page), click on the Network tab, or Find Relationships.

Once done, all members sharing the same employer will be posted. Did you find a contact? All you have to do is click on Connect.

If you click Find Relationships (right), LinkedIn offers to import your personal contacts from your mailbox.

This is how to create your network as you meet or work.

Communicate

From your homepage, you will see a field, specifically dedicated to publishing ideas, photos, videos, and articles. Like Facebook, you can love, comment and share these media.

The articles that appear on your homepage are suggestions for articles that might interest you.

These suggestions may be hidden from your news feed if you wish. To do this, simply click on the Three Points and click on Hide this post.

Another way to communicate between LinkedIn members would be to use LinkedIn email, simply by clicking the Messaging icon in the horizontal menu.

Jobs

LinkedIn is a great tool for looking for a job.

Under Jobs, find the job offers that best match your profile.

Among the offers displayed, when you select one, you have two options: Save, to save the offer and Apply to the company website, which will send you to the site where the ad comes from.

Some job offers will have the option: Simplified application. This allows you to apply directly from LinkedIn. The recruiter can refer to your profile.

You can do your own research by entering the title of the coveted position, the company you want to join, and the location of the position.

Have your CV and cover letter at your fingertips!