LinkedIn is a professional way to promote your identity online. LinkedIn is usually one of the first to show up in search engine results when using it to find people. LinkedIn is a great way to maintain your online image and be able to connect with old contacts as well as make new ones by joining groups and asking others to connect with you online.
LinkedIn is the whole package. As employers are increasingly researching people online, LinkedIn includes your education, experience, connections, groups, etc., and you can even include your resume, blog, and website all on one site. As a member of LinkedIn others will be able to find you even if you move or change jobs. Updating your LinkedIn profile keeps others abreast of what you’re doing and what changes you are making in your professional life.
By using LinkedIn tools such as Search, Answers, and Groups you can stay abreast of the latest information in the field. It’s also a great job search tool that can connect you with career opportunities, sales leads, and jobs. LinkedIn’s Job Board shows who you may know at companies that are listed and can make it easy for you to connect instantly online.