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11/15/2013
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10 Top LinkedIn Tips, Tricks

Follow these best-practices to improve your profile, get noticed by recruiters, and land your next gig.
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2. Vet a group before you join
With hundreds of thousands of LinkedIn Groups to choose from, it's a good idea to know which ones are best suited for you before you decide to join them. When you find a group that looks promising, click the More tab below the group's name and select Group Statistics.
This is where you can learn details about the group's demographics, such as the breakdown of the group members' seniority, where they're located, the industries they're in, and more. You can also see how active the group members are and browse the group's growth.

2. Vet a group before you join
With hundreds of thousands of LinkedIn Groups to choose from, it's a good idea to know which ones are best suited for you before you decide to join them. When you find a group that looks promising, click the More tab below the group's name and select Group Statistics.

This is where you can learn details about the group's demographics, such as the breakdown of the group members' seniority, where they're located, the industries they're in, and more. You can also see how active the group members are and browse the group's growth.

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Nicole Ferraro
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Nicole Ferraro,
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11/15/2013 | 1:33:28 PM
Excellent tips
Wow, thanks for all of these great tips. (Also, I had no idea LinkedIn had a Tetris-like game!) I'm still a little unsure about the part on endorsements, though. If you're being endorsed for actual skills that you have, is there really a reason to go in and delete?
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kelleyd1,
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11/17/2013 | 3:36:16 PM
I can't stand the endorsements!
It is never a co-worker who endorses your work. In fact, I am astonished when I get notices regarding these.  I think it is just a way for LinkedIn to tout engagement to their own advertisers.  
Shane M. O'Neill
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Shane M. O'Neill,
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11/17/2013 | 4:12:46 PM
Re: Excellent tips
I sometimes get endorsements for skills that I used three jobs ago but are not relevant to what I do now. In that case, it's nice to have the option of removing them from the page.
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PaulS681,
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11/17/2013 | 7:38:42 PM
Re: I can't stand the endorsements!
@kelly... If your endorsements aren't coming from coworkers then I can see why it would annoy you. So far mine have and I'm going to keep them.
PaulS681
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PaulS681,
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11/17/2013 | 7:43:20 PM
Re: Excellent tips
These are excellent tips. What I think can go a long way for you are the recommendations from coworkers. A well written one can speak volumes on how you work.
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philhclark,
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11/18/2013 | 6:32:38 AM
Re: I can't stand the endorsements!
endorsements does feel to me like a naked way adding engagement to the platform, but more often it's false. Either there are made-up skills or people endorse you not for genuine reasons but as pure flattery. so good to see some controls here.

I see you can now add genuine skills, ie. courses or certfifications completed via this addition to the LinkedIn profile -
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virsingh211,
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11/18/2013 | 7:49:46 AM
Re: Excellent tips
Other endorsement, i have seen freshers getting boosted due these recommendation, i still remember one of the graduate trainee under me, i wrote a recommendation for him on linkedin and he was boosted as if some he acheived some award.
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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11/18/2013 | 9:35:55 AM
Re: I can't stand the endorsements!
I think a good rule of thumb is to endorse only the people you know for skills you're confident they're proficient in. That would solve many of the problems; don't just click "Endorse" because it's there and it's easy.
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PaulS681,
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11/18/2013 | 7:37:37 PM
Re: I can't stand the endorsements!
Agreed Kristin... That would seem to be commen sence but it seems that's not always followed. The problem is if these endorsements are looked at as meaningless then it won't matter if they are legit or not. But they can't hurt.
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SaneIT,
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11/19/2013 | 8:15:58 AM
Job hunting
I can't say that I've ever used LinkedIn to look for jobs.  I get notifications constantly about job openings it thinks I may be interested in but I'm not out looking for a job.  I doubt that I'm using LinkedIn to anything near it's potential but what I'm seeing is that it's less of a communication tool for me and more of a way for sales people to find me since about 90% of the messages I get are recruiters trying to place people or someone trying to sell me something.
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