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resettlement guide

What is LinkedIn?

LinkedIn is a professional networking site and when used correctly can be a powerful tool in your job seeking strategy, as well as linking you to the latest news and professional opportunities in industries and networking groups of interest to you.

Who can I network with?

Like other social networking sites, you can find and stay in touch with ex-colleagues and other people you know but without the more social aspects of sites such as Facebook. LinkedIn is a forum in which you can find out about different companies you may be interested in working for, find the names of important contacts you may wish to target with speculative approaches or those you may be meeting at interview or other events. It just helps to give you a head start and to target your approach accordingly. In addition, you can also tap into the wider networks of your contacts, and link in with any of their contacts by requesting an introduction via your mutual link. This allows you to take networking to another level and because LinkedIn is widely used for this purpose, this approach is accepted and often reciprocated.

In 2018, LinkedIn reported to be the world's largest professional network with more than 560 million acquired users in more than 200 countries and territories and this figure is increasing all the time. According to the theory of ‘six degrees of separation’ you can connect with anyone in the world; LinkedIn lets you network to three levels and provides a springboard to building those offline relationships. It offers a way to find contacts, and another medium for approaching people in addition to the more traditional route of letters, emails or phone calls.

Signing up with LinkedIn

Visit to create your account or join by accepting invitations that friends and colleagues email to you.

Choosing the account level
LinkedIn offers a free basic account and various upgraded Premium accounts. With a free account versus a paid account, there is no difference in the amount of information you can have in your profile. For most job seekers there is no need to upgrade to a paid account.

Find out more

The documents linked on the right-hand side of this page will help to explain the benefits of using LinkedIn and how to use it effectively to make it work for you as you widen your all-important professional network.

Plus, click here to view the Professional Networking & Social Media resettlement guide for further information.

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