LinkedIn is the now-booming business social media designed with the needs of professional individuals in mind. The website is primarily business-oriented and offers users a unique alternative to Facebook. To tell you everything you need to know about mastering the platform, MusicSnake Magazine team have compiled a helpful list of all of the tips and tricks to help you along with career goals.

Number One: Networking in LinkedIn Groups. In addition to creating a customizable news feed, the site also allows users to create groups. This feature allows professionals to simply organize their various contacts, or put themselves out into the realm of other professionals to interact or be recognized.

Number Two: The Platform Can Really Enhance Your Career. Of all of the 575+ million international users of the site, as many as 89.&% report that LinkedIn has aided them in expanding their professional horizons. The site claims to be most helpful in expanding a user’s professional audience through online networking, and that is exactly what they are best at.

Number Three: Making Connections. Thanks to this revolutionary website, it is possible for otherwise estranged professionals to obtain bonds with others across the globe; there is no limit to the possibilities of global, online networking. Many people achieve career success by simply adding connections with like interests in groups.

Number Four: The Simple Process. When using LinkedIn, a professional’s chances of being recognized are vastly increased. It is estimated that one out of every three professionals around the globe are connected to the site. The potential in the site is simple to take advantage of with a few select tricks. One of the most important features of a user’s profile is their photo, increasing the chance of receiving views by as much as 11 times.

Number Five: Changing the Layouts. One of the most helpful and lesser known tricks of manipulating the site is to organize your profile in the way you want it to appear to your viewers. Many users believe that the layout of a profile is fixed, but it can actually be customized under the “Edit Profile” option. By doing this, you can emphasize the best parts of your profile as the first thing that viewers will see.

Number Six: The Endorsement Game. Many users have encountered trouble with the endorsements placed on their profile by other users, but this feature is completely customizable. Under the “Edit Profile” section, the site offers a feature in which you can hide endorsements that you don’t approve of.

Number Seven: Under the Radar. If so desired, it is possible for users to go “anonymous” at any given time. This is likely not to the advantage of most users, who want to get noticed, but is exceptionally useful for companies who like to search for potential employees and competitors under the radar.

Number Eight: The Activity Off-Switch. Another potentially obnoxious feature of the site is the constant update of activity broadcasts. Whenever changes or recommendations are made (or really any action is taken on the site), the platform is designed to automatically inform your connections. This can become a bit annoying to your followers, but luckily the option can be easily turned off under “Privacy Controls” in the “Settings” section.

Number Nine: You Have to be Serious. To receive the best results from the online networking destination, you have to be dedicated to the cause. The average user (about 42% of the site’s user base) spends about 17 minutes on the site per month but are consistently keeping their information up-to-date to maximize opportunities. In comparison, a whopping 35% of the site’s users return daily to keep up with developments.

Number Ten: It Offers Customized Features. Like the rest of the electronic world these days, this website is putting forth immense effort to create a customized experience for its users. Many account-holders primarily take advantage of the site’s ability to help spread a resume, but it can actually be a great destination for business news. Your feed on the stories that you receive is customizable, offering updates for career news as well as business and industry news.

Number Eleven: Making the Most of Your Connections. For the sake of organization in all aspects of a professional’s life, LinkedIn offers a helpful little feature for exporting connections. The platform gives users the option to send all of the contact information of these connections to a handy Excel spreadsheet.

Number Twelve: Viewers Viewing. The site feature that alerts users of the various other profiles that were viewed by people who viewed their profile can be a bit redundant, which is why the option is able to be turned off. To rid your notifications of the excess information, setting changes can be made under “Privacy Controls”.

Number Thirteen: The Key to Success on LinkedIn. The overall key to success in using LinkedIn lies in the responsibility of the user to keep their account active. The best business results are found by users who constantly update their information, create or pass on articles, and actively participate in groups to get noticed for their professional capabilities.

Number Fourteen: The Mass Message. If you find yourself sending a large number of the same message to multiple connections, the site provides an option to send a single message to as many as 50 recipients. To do this, simply add multiple connections to the message. However, you may want to consider checking the box that prevents recipients from seeing who else the message was sent to. Thanks for reading!

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