How LinkedIn works

You are looking for a new job and, following the advice of some friends, you joined LinkedIn with the aim of using the social network dedicated to the world of work as a tool to register your curriculum vitae. You have entered your data and your work experiences, however, after comparing your profile with that of your friends, you have noticed a difference in the presentation of the content. Then you realized that something is wrong and that you probably don't understand well how LinkedIn works.

If this is the case, don't worry, I can explain you in detail what is LinkedIn and how it works, so that you make the most of your work experiences and publish your curriculum vitae Online. In the following lines, I will explain in detail all the tools that LinkedIn makes available to you to develop your resume. In this guide of mine I will also show you how search job with LinkedIn, giving you some tips to get the most out of your work social network.

Are you ready to read this of mine? LinkedIn guide and how it works ? Take a few minutes to explore this social network in detail; You will see that by following my guide, LinkedIn will have no more secrets for you. Get comfortable, let's get started!

  • LinkedIn: registration and access
  • LinkedIn: connections
  • LinkedIn: the compilation of the curriculum vitae
  • LinkedIn: the job search

LinkedIn: registration and access

To better understand how LinkedIn works, the first thing to do is log into your account or sign up if you haven't already. So open your navigator Favorite website and enter the LinkedIn website address: www.linkedin.com. If you have already registered on LinkedIn, you just have to fill in the fields Email es Password located at the top of the LinkedIn website. Then write the address of e-mail 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 want to register and create your password.

All ready? Very well! Don't worry if this is your first time to sign in or if you just joined LinkedIn; I am here to explain all the features of the social network in detail. The first thing to do to register your resume on LinkedIn is to indicate your country of origin and zip code (for example, 20100). You will then be asked to answer a few questions that will help and guide you in compiling your resume online.

Then indicate if you are a student or if you work, the name of your company and your degree. All the questions they will ask you on LinkedIn will allow you to better complete your CV. Once you have successfully logged in or registered, you will see that LinkedIn will ask you to set up a job posting alert. LinkedIn, in fact, is not only a social network where you can create your resume, as it contains some useful job search tools.

If you wish, you can configure the receipt of an email notification, in case a request for a job opportunity arises from a desired job. Then fill in the custom fields on the job vacancy warning screen, indicate the homework and resource where you would like to find a job. Also choose whether you want to be alerted every day or every week.

LinkedIn: connections

The first step in finding a job on LinkedIn is adding links; LinkedIn will come to your aid here, suggesting a few people you can stay in touch with and asking you to import your contacts via your email address.

LinkedIn connections are like friendships on Facebook: If you choose to connect with me on LinkedIn (you find me as), for example, you will send me a connection request that I will have to accept. My suggestion is to connect on LinkedIn with people you know (friends or acquaintances) or with current or former coworkers. LinkedIn is a social network designed to help people stay in touch with your circle of work acquaintances, so they can help you find a new job through your connections. When connecting on LinkedIn with people you have worked with in the past, it can also be very helpful for you to have references to 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 named Home and it is a section dedicated to the flow of news. On this screen you will find updates of your contacts, of the companies that you decide to follow or give. Man of influence, famous people.

Using the box above, you can share a status update if you wish, attaching photos and videos, sharing a link, or mentioning someone via the symbol @ (For example, you can mention me by writing @ ). For LinkedIn status updates, you can choose whether to configure 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 Red. Click on the bar at the top of the button Red. It will be through this section that you can expand your list of LinkedIn contacts. The social network dedicated to job search will show you by default a list of people you might know. If you click the button Connected, LinkedIn will immediately send a direct connection request to the desired user.

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

LinkedIn: the compilation of the curriculum vitae

The first thing to do to optimize your LinkedIn profile is to create and complete your profile for the creation of your online resume. To do this, click the button You located at the top of the menu bar. You will then have access to the screen dedicated to completing your profile. Then follow all the instructions that LinkedIn will give you to complete your profile.

La caja Strengthen your profile will ask you to answer some questions about yourself: what school or university you were? When did your last work experience end? Where do you work today? What are your skills? Let's start at the beginning and see together how you can best answer these questions.

Answer the question "what school or university did you attend?" Writing the name of the school or schools you attended. For example: University of Milan. Find the appropriate item in the drop-down menu and continue to indicate the years in which you attended the school you indicated. For example: 2000 to 2005. Please 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 expertise. The skills you can indicate will refer to your skills in certain areas (for example: communication or data analysis), but also to the use of program o 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. It can include years of experience, industry, or acquired skills. If you wish, you can also enter the results obtained during your professional career or previous work experience.

Don't forget to fill in the information about your previous work experience. This way LinkedIn can also help you find new connections. For each job title you choose to enter, please indicate the work 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 LinkedIn profile does not end here: now you have to talk in detail about your work experiences. 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 about your career and school trajectory. You can illustrate your work history including collaborations or internships and highlight your skills and strengths at 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. Browse and click on items Professional and academic career, Expertise es Achieved goals.

Answer the questions and describe in detail what represents you from a professional point of view. You can also add links to external documents, photos, sites, videos, and presentations. In addition, 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 a location of your choice.

By clicking on a posted job offer, you will be able to read the job description and requirements, and finally submit your application. For some job openings, you will need to apply on the company website, for others, you can apply directly through LinkedIn. By submitting your request in the latter way, the job creator will receive an email with their contact information and a link to their LinkedIn profile.

Find jobs with LinkedIn is free but, if you wish, you can subscribe to the subscription LinkedIn Premium. The benefits and prices depend on the subscription contracted. For example, if you want to take full advantage of LinkedIn's job search tools, you can subscribe Career to LinkedIn Premium (€ 22,56 per month). You will be able to highlight your candidacy, against 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 Deal (€ 42,69 per month), Sales (€ 58,55 per month) e Assumptions (€ 91,44 per month), are more suitable for companies to search for potential clients or candidates for a specific job offer.