What is LinkedIn?

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Congratulations! You've made it to the section that introduces you to the biggest social network in business: LinkedIn. So, if you're looking for a nice, easy introduction to LinkedIn, you've come to the right place!

What is LinkedIn?

You probably use Twitter and Facebook, but did you know there’s a social network specifically for business? Welcome to the world of LinkedIn, where people with every job you can think of connect, compare notes  and give each other a career boost. 

Unlike other social networks, where you can totally be your wild and crazy self, LinkedIn is all about being professional. In other words, you’ll find plenty of photographers on LinkedIn, but you won’t find very many selfies.

Male student at a laptop workingEverything about LinkedIn is 100% professional. This means no personal photos, no inappropriate language or topics, no info on your personal life. LinkedIn is strictly where you showcase your professional life. 

So, why start an account with LinkedIn? To not just find the career of your dreams, but impress your next potential employer.

Here's what you can do with a free LinkedIn account:

Build a profile
Use your profile to show off your jobs, experience and skills. 

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Meet people, make friends and network with millions of other business users.

Find a job
If you need a job or internship, here’s where you’ll find opportunities by the truckload.

Promote your business
Have you started a small business? Promote it using your profile and company page. 

Earn praise
Give recommendations and receive them from coworkers and other people you know. 

Let’s face it: when you’re competing with dozens of people for a job, you need every possible edge. Set up your LinkedIn profile in minutes, and zoom right past the competition. 

Ready to get started? Here’s how to build your profile.