When we think of searching for information on the internet our first choice invariably is Google. These days, the word ” Google” has become a verb with people asking you to ” google it”. Guess what? There’s much more to Google than this. More people chose Google as the Most Sought After Employer too as per a report from the professional networking site, LinkedIn.
Everyone speaks of social networking and building your net image these days. I have written of LinkedIn from time to time- having joined it way back in 2005. I am not one bit surprised to see that India has emerged as the fastest growing market for LinkedIn as per their CEO, Jeff Weiner.
A recent article by Sarah Jane Tribble in the New York Times speaks of how social networking sites like LinkedIn have helped people get jobs in tough times- through their network of contacts. The figures about LinkedIn are very impressive. Apparently it has more than 25 million members with an addition of 1.2 million per month. LinkedIn’s philosophy is “Relationships Matter”. Here are the benefits of joining LinkedIn.
I would like to share my experience in LinkedIn. It is a networking site for professionals which has as of November 2007 more than 16 million registered users, spanning 150 industries and more than 400 economic regions (as classified by the service).
I first joined LinkedIn in January 2005. I must confess that a paucity of time and other priorities came in the way of my making the best of this network. Recently I decided to connect with old colleagues, friends and business associates who were already in LinkedIn – all of whom I have worked with, in the course of my career as a corporate executive and for the last 7 years as an independent management consultant.
I am pleased with the results. My contacts have grown to over 210 across a wide spectrum of industry and geography. This explains the link to LinkedIn in this blog.
As of now, I have 212 trusted friends and colleagues. For the statistically inclined let me say that they link to 23, 900 others who in turn link to 1,550, 300 + users. Not that I will -but the total users I can contact through an introduction is 1,574,400 +.
If you have not got onto LinkedIn, you might like to join. Use it responsibly to get the best out of all that it offers.
As is well said “Relationships Matter”.