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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Informative Guide to LinkedIn, July 29, 2014
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Admiralu "admiralu" (Camarillo, California United States) - See all my reviews
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This is an excellent guide packed with information about LinkedIn. To the newcomer, LinkedIn is not the most user friendly service and many of the features and options don't readily explain themselves. This guide offers an overview of what the service is, why it was created and how it differs from Facebook and other social media. It offers step by step guides for many functions, but this is not a struck "how to use" book. It deftly balances wonderful tips, creative solutions and suggestions for how to make LinkedIn work for you. It covers all the major functions including joining (signing up on your own vs an invitation), how to create and optimize your profile, find connections, manage your networks, free vs paid accounts, recruiting, job seeking and much more. I found the section on Endorsements vs Recommendations very helpful. I had heard of LinkedIn and hadn't given it much thought, but now I've found it to be a wonderful tool to connect with others professionally. I highly recommend this book whether you are a newbie, current member or just want to know more, there is something for everyone.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Show WHAT you know + WHO you know., October 2, 2014
This review is from: LinkedIn For Dummies (Paperback)
√ With LinkedIn, it's possible, the author says, to do both: "Imagine a web site where both concepts are true, where you can demonstrate what you known and see the power of who you known."

So begins this extensive, helpful book on one of the most interesting websites in the world. LINKEDIN FOR DUMMIES is a well-written, and well-edited discussion about the myriad of ways to use LinkedIn. I was already familiar with that website, so many of the ideas were not really new to me. So, if you are already familiar with the site, recommend skipping over some of the more basic points, like getting an account, etc.

Some things, however, were indeed new, and very helpful. Here are some of the highlights:

♦ Excellent discussion on how to produce a good "Summary" for your profile.
♦ Lots of screenshots to show you how to do certain things.
♦ Interesting tips on using the "hidden power" of LinkedIn to do a "passive" job search--that is, being open to new job opportunities, even though you're not really looking right now.
♦ Fascinating quote: "People with more than 20 connections are 34 times more likely to be approached with a job opportunity than people with fewer than 5 connections." Keep in mind, however, that that statistic comes from LinkedIn itself. They would hardly be considered an objective third party. Nevertheless, the point is good--become adept at social networking!
♦ Possibly the most valuable chapter: "Finding Employees." Joel does a great job of explaining how to get good results from a LinkedIn job listing. I had no idea that advertisers can access a "Talent Solutions" tool to manage your job listings.
♦ Don't bother becoming a LinkedIn "Lion," the author suggests. The purpose of connecting is to network with people you KNOW, not see how many artificial connections you can muster. (I admit I fell into that trip years ago, and I'm still "disconnecting" some of my "lion" bogus connections."

√ All in all, LINKEDIN FOR DUMMIES is a very helpful, well-researched discussion and set of tips. The book is clear, and easy to follow. Reading a well-written book is always a pleasure; I find it annoying when I have to advise a writer how to write proper English. I also appreciate the fact that the links in the Table of Contents actually work properly. This might seem like an obvious thing that would always be done right, but not so!

Recommend!

♫ A Review by Chris Lawson

Note: I do not know the author of this book, and no one requested I write this review.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nicely written, clear and concise with good advice and ..., August 23, 2014
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Although I have not gotten all the way through all the chapters, the material presented covers anything I need to know about LinkedIn. Nicely written, clear and concise with good advice and instructions.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent resource for successfully using Linkedin, July 26, 2014
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CHIMOIKE (Reynoldsburg, Ohio United States) - See all my reviews
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An excellent resource for successfully using Linkedin. This book contains helpful explanations and many informative suggestions that were not considered by this reviewer or even aware of their existence.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, July 23, 2014
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I was able to get my questions answered right away with out having to read the whole book.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dummies, October 9, 2014
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Very helpful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, October 13, 2014
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LinkedIn For Dummies by Joel Elad (Paperback - February 3, 2014)
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