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3 Ways to Use LinkedIn to Boost Your Career

LinkedIn is a social networking tool with many hidden gems. Some people don't use it in an efficient manner, and some people simply don't use it enough to enjoy the potential benefits.

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Read Mobile Feeds

Stay updated with news from LinkedIn via mobile apps for your phone. LinkedIn will keep you up-to-date with important industry news and what the top minds in your field are currently saying.

Mobile LinkedIn feeds give users access to their connections' updates, anytime, anywhere. Find out who has a new job or who got a raise.

Utilize the Power of Groups

LinkedIn allows you to join up to 50 groups. Search for groups of your areas of interest. All posts to groups go to each member, so groups saves you time when want to share information or ask a relevant question. All posts to groups are searchable, making it easier for members to find information they wish to read again. The hidden benefit is recruiters sometimes scan and search through LinkedIn group messages looking for talent. Posting intelligent comments in groups may get you noticed.

If you are looking for a job, some groups have a jobs tab that has unique postings you won't find in the general LinkedIn jobs tab. Some employers want to attract a small group of job applicants who are already "in the know."

Stay in Touch With Alumni

LinkedIn is not just about networking with possible work connections. By staying in touch with your former schoolmates, you might end up finding a job opportunity. Classmates often have similar interests to your own; they have the added benefit of knowing you relatively well. Former classmates probably have seen you operate under pressure, such as during finals. They might be very helpful connections as you move forward in your career.

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What is your favorite way to use LinkedIn? We want to hear from you! Leave a comment or join the discussion on Twitter.

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