Get Connected – 4 Ways Educators Can Use LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a social networking site that many people use as a resource to connect and communicate with other professionals, mainly those who are job seekers. What most people fail to realize is that there are groups and features that are useful for both teachers and educators.

Here are 4 simple thingsyou can do with LinkedIn in your professional life:

Profiles

All members of LinkedIn can create a profile that includes their resume, professional history and accomplishments. You can find fellow or former employees, professional friends and others to join your individual network. Teachers and administrators can also use LinkedIn to find a supplier for a specific need, new hires or an expert on a particular issue.

Groups

By joining groups on LinkedIn, you can make contact with some people that may be in your field (education) but not necessarily in your network (working at your school). Members can start discussions, ask questions and connect with others in the same field. It is in these groups where you can display your knowledge on a particular topic you may be passionate about. You can comment on group discussions or post your own articles or research that can help build your online reputation. EduBloggers is an example of a LinkedIn group you can use to connect with other educational bloggers.

Applications

LinkedIn is constantly updating their site. There are many extra applications that you can add to your profile. You can use Linkedin to send Twitter updates and tweets and you can also monitor key phrases on Twitter. You can post events, polls, news or even link your professional profile to your blog! You can share presentations, events, documents and other media that you want to share with your network.

Recommendations

LinkedIn also provides opportunities to give other users recommendations which can then be reciprocated. Much like testimonials, these are then displayed on your profile and can enhance your online standing. Building recommendations is a great way to gain references and network in your own field.

No matter what you use LinkedIn for, it is a useful resource to take advantage of. It is an easy and simple way to keep up with the latest in your professional field and build relationships with those of the same interests.

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