12 – LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a business-oriented social network aimed at the professional community.  There are now a huge number of LinkedIn groups, as well as company pages. LinkedIn has become a key recruitment resources.

LinkedIn has made a significant jump up the list this year as its popularity increases.

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www.linkedin.com Free and premium versions Online
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Comments from those who selected LinkedIn as one of their Top Tools 

Linkedin Groups for asking questions – sometimes the timeline for infos  Thomas Jenewein 2013
Social medium for professionals  Brij Bhushan Huria 2013
the different groups I am a member of have been invaluabe to my learning  Zifang Su 2013
to connect with other learning professionals  Mathew Guyan 2013
I use this professionally but also teach sessions on using LinkedIn as part of my sessions on employability and creative CVs  Jayne Whistance 2013
professional online CV  Helen Blunden 2013
helps maintain network, despite the increasing ‘noise’  Charles Jennings 2013
business contact and learning  Paul Jacobs 2013
This tool is invaluable to networking, especially for thought leadership and group discussion, getting ideas from outside of your company Michelle Parry-Slater 2013

  • “Linkedin is the first social networking tool I have found that is useful and relevant and not intrusive.”  Brian Mulligan
  • “is my professional social networking platform. I didn’t use it much until it added some features like groups and other applications a short time ago. Now, I find myself using it more to ask and answer questions and to seek out expertise in particular subject matter areas.” Janet Clarey
  • “LinkedIn is my favorite tool to keep in touch with, or at least keep tabs on, other professionals.”  John Schaffer
  • “I find this social networking tool invaluable. Keeping in touch with people is a vital part of my life. LinkedIn helps me keep track of my professional contacts, and extend them.”  Don Taylor
  • “I use LinkedIn for building my professional network.”  Sathish Narayanan