Connecting on LinkedIn

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Do you use LinkedIn? My younger brother, Don, is a professional in the Staffing/HR industry. He swears by LinkedIn as his networking tool of choice. I’ve built some great networks through blogging, twitter and facebook, but I’m starting to see some unique abilities of LinkedIn that have piqued my interested in using it more frequently.

3 Reasons to get more invovled on LinkedIn:

1. Business Oriented: While twitter and facebook can focus much on the personal side of life, LinkedIn cuts the fluff and focueses on business. If you’re looking for a webdesigner to help with your the launch of your campus you don’t have to wade through pictures of thier last camping trip to get to a person’s credentials.

2. Value Beyond Each Contact: LinkedIn uses “3 degrees of separation” to connect you with folks. This is its true power. You not only get to connect with a contact, but also with everyone they know and everyone they know. The contact you are adding may not have the knowledge or skills you are seeking, but odds are they know someone who knows someone who does. This makes it valueable to add people as contacts even if they have small networks and little experience in your field.

3. It’s Not Just About Finding A Job: While the primary function of LinkedIn seems to be able to find jobs or recruit employees it’s value goes far beyond. It’s a source of information. If your looking to findout who the experts in an industry outside your own are it’s easy enough to find some folks through LinkedIn and then ask them. You can use it to find someone who knows any type of information your a looking for (or someone who knows someone) inside or outside your instudry. The same types of searches just aren’t available to your on facebook.

You can find my profile here:

http://www.linkedin.com/in/billychia

If you haven’t signed up for LinkedIn you can do so here.

7 Responses to “Connecting on LinkedIn”


  1. 1 Mike January 12, 2009 at 6:56 am

    I was actually on LinkedIn before Facebook. I’ve connected with some guys from college, and some guys I’ve worked with.

    There are some interesting groups on there as well, including some Christian-focused ones. I’e gotten into some good discussions on using the Web for ministry.

  2. 2 Don Chia January 12, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Billy,

    You are correct my friend (Brother), this is a powerful tool…

    I’m always happy to help introduce others into the next level of social networking…especially one that give you extra leverage in your professional endeavors.

    –Don

  3. 3 Fred F. McKinnon January 17, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Billy, from what I can tell, we’re already “linked”?

  4. 4 unexpectedthankyou January 20, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Great outlook. I’ve got two and half years until I hit thirty.

  5. 5 Jake Woods January 25, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Hey Billy, i was reading through Dean’s latest post and glanced over to the side and saw your name. Dean talk’s about your blog quite a bit but I’ve never actually been to your site. I’m definitely going to start following your blog. You seem like (and most likely are) a cool guy.

    By the way: As you left Wall Highway today, you almost had the cops called on you. My youth pastors thought that you were stealing my pedals. One of them actually took a picture of your license plate! Luckily i came out right after you did and explained everything to them.

  6. 6 Billy Chia January 25, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Jake,
    That is absolutely hilarious – thanks for having my back. I don’t want to go to jail!


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