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Think You Don’t Need It? 10 Reasons You Need LinkedIn

Think You Don’t Need It? 10 Reasons You Need LinkedIn

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Over the past week, I’ve talked to three acquaintances who are actively on the hunt for a job. They all have resumes (whether they’re professionally done, and of sufficient quality, is debatable). But when I mentioned LinkedIn, much to my dismay, their responses were dismissive.

“Oh, isn’t that like Facebook? I already have Facebook. I don’t need more pictures of people’s dinners.”

“I’ll just see what happens after I send my resume to a few places.”

“I’ll get around to that one of these days. I promise!”

Now, if you’re on a hunt, wouldn’t you want to use every dog you can get your hands on? LinkedIn serves a much different purpose than Facebook, and has an entirely different audience. Like any other social media platform, there are spammers, but it’s still the most valuable site for exhibiting your expertise, connecting with recruiters, and generally building your network.

Reasons You Need LinkedIn

There are a lot of very good reasons to invest a little time on LinkedIn. Here are just 10 of them. Trust me, there are many more. And, some ideas for LinkedIn you haven’t thought of. This is just for starters. Keep reading to find out more.

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Kristin Johnson Kristin is a TORI award-winning, 6-times certified resume writer, job search coach, and social media consultant. She's the proud owner of Profession Direction, LLC, which was recently named one of Forbes Top 100 Career Sites of 2013.