How Important Is Your Professional Development To You?

Professional Development in Public & Private SectorYou have invested considerable time and money into your education, credentials, organizational memberships…some of you have advanced degrees and certifications. If you want to continue to develop professionally, I have to ask …. Are you LinkedIn?

There are 180 million reasons to join Linkedin, that’s the current reported membership of the social network. Here’s what they know that maybe you don’t: LinkedIn is more than just a social network used strategically, it’s a powerful, professional development tool

Linkedin’s first and most obvious benefit offer is the online profile, which summarizes your positions & promotes you in the market place

Summary statementSkill endorsements by network peersShows up at the top of Google searches

But there are also-

Affinity Groups – nearly 150,000 groups across industries , interests & institutions; you can have a maximum of as many as 50 groups, or if what you seek is not readily available create your own. A community of resources global and multi lingual share info, exchange ideas , seek advice. For example did you know that several Toastmasters International groups are on LinkedIn. The Official Toastmasters International Group has 28,715 members

Applications – get key insights that help you become more effective

Slide Share- a personal reference library shared presentations & documentsportfolios, resume, conference talks, PDFs,all formats supported: ppt, pps, pptx, odp, pdf, doc, docx, odt, Keynote, iWork pages

Schedule & location

Companies (2.6 million +)

Follow and Fact FindCompany UpdatesCareers, Services , Insights ( skills & expertise)

Daily News- 426 sources (A-Z)

Customization thru industries and source publicationsEmailed- weekly digests

Every 5 minutes , two NEW members join LinkedIn…the clock is ticking why aren’t you LinkedIN? your 5 minutes starts now.

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