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The Most Memorable Posts of 2014. To Get the Most Out of LinkedIn Groups, Follow These Guidelines. Image credit: Shutterstock LinkedIn groups can be a great resource for people looking to network on the career-social platform.

To Get the Most Out of LinkedIn Groups, Follow These Guidelines

Not only do they connect you with other like-minded people but also provide a bevy of information small-business owners and entrepreneurs can use. But are they for you? When I first joined LinkedIn, I wasn’t sure how I would benefit from it. I wasn’t looking for a job. Also, I’m a bit old school. Soon after I joined LinkedIn, I learned there was a bit of a Goldilocks phenomenon going on. I also noticed many people were blatantly fishing for new clients.

Related: 17 Must-Have Features on Your LinkedIn Profile (Infographic) Let me be clear, I’ve made all the mistakes you can make on social media sites. On LinkedIn, I tried something new. And something amazing happened. Related: Have a Blog? To make the most of LinkedIn-discussion groups, follow these guidelines. Ask questions that can benefit everyone. Don’t sell, be social. Avoid dominating the conversation. Business & Small Business. Smart Job Search Strategy: Defensive Googling  According to a Microsoft reputation study, while only 30% of job seekers worry about their online reputations, 70% of recruiters in the U.S. have rejected an applicant because of what they found online.

Smart Job Search Strategy: Defensive Googling 

Why This Could Be a Problem for You Even though you may be leading a blameless life, avoiding Facebook and other social media, and feel you have no reason to worry about what is online about you, you could well be wrong. Recruiters reject applicants without knowing for sure that the "bad stuff" they found was actually about the job seeker. If the names are the same, that is usually sufficient "proof" that the job seeker is not appropriate. So, the actions of someone else -- who has the same name you use in your job search -- could be sabotaging your job search. Result: opportunity lost! Mistaken Online Identity Is a Major Issue -- Defensive Googling Is the Solution Since "the best defense is a good offense," find out what is available online related to your name. 1. "First name Last name"

Buy LinkedIn Recommendations and Buy LinkedIn Endorsements. How to Add Media to your Linkedin Profile. How To Share Documents on LinkedIn. One thing that many people struggle with on LinkedIn is how to share content that doesn’t live on the web.

How To Share Documents on LinkedIn

By content, I mean documents, flyers, non-hosted audio files and the like. Much of small business still lives in the world of creating marketing collateral that results in a printed piece or a pdf file. Happy Holidays with my Best 23 LinkedIn Tips. By: Viveka Sunday December 23, 2012 Yeah yeah – the 24th and the 25th days of December get all the hype!

Happy Holidays with my Best 23 LinkedIn Tips

But what about the 23rd? What’s with 23 you ask? Preparing for the New LinkedIn Design, How to Optimize Your Page and Profile. Are you wondering how the new LinkedIn design will impact your personal profile and business page?

Preparing for the New LinkedIn Design, How to Optimize Your Page and Profile

While you might be waiting for the launch of the new LinkedIn profile design, there are still many other areas of LinkedIn you can improve upon today. LinkedIn Now Lets You Include Volunteer Experience in Your Profile. LinkedIn is adding a new "Volunteer Experience & Causes" field to profiles, the company announced Wednesday.

LinkedIn Now Lets You Include Volunteer Experience in Your Profile

The section will let users highlight and showcase their unpaid or charitable work experience. Users can click off causes that mean the most to them, fill out an experience profile or add specific organizations — such as the American Red Cross or Habitat for Humanity — that they support. Promoting your charitable experience will help get you a job, according to a recent survey by LinkedIn.

The company polled nearly 2,000 U.S. professionals and found that 41% said that when they are evaluating candidates, they consider volunteer work just as much as paid work. Of the hiring managers surveyed, 20% said they gave a job based on a candidate's volunteer work experience. 15 Tips To Optimize Your LinkedIn Initiative. This is a guest post by Lior Levin.

LinkedIn has enjoyed explosive growth since its debut in 2003. The real question is whether or not you’re making the most of your LinkedIn efforts and networking in general? LinkedIn is so much more than social networking for businesses and business people – it can totally change how you run your business as a whole. Here’s some of our favorite tips to get the most out of your LinkedIn experience: Be Professional Remember, you’re not on Facebook, Google+, or MySpace here – this is a social network for business professionals. 41 LinkedIn Success Stories to Learn From. Add a video to your LinkedIn profile. With the SlideShare application on LinkedIn, it’s now incredibly easy to add videos to your LinkedIn profile.

Add a video to your LinkedIn profile

Here’s a quick step-by-step guide: 1. Upload your presentation to SlideShare as usual. 2. Copy the URL of the YouTube video you want to insert.