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LinkedIn is a global professional networking resource that can be effectively used for free.  In 2011 it is estimated over half the revenues realized by LinkedIn are from their Recruiting tools.  These tools reduce the costs for job postings, reduce the effort to identify quality people for a position, and allow their recruitment to be done quietly.   LinkedIn has grown in popularity globally and currently as added 2 new member per second for the past several years with over 220,000,000 members as of January 2013.

To be found on LinkedIn it is essential you have a complete Profile containing ample and appropriate keywords presented in a meaningful and attractive form. A LinkedIn Profile that lacks the needed keywords is a cloak of invisibility on your Profile.  Just having a Profile with little or poor content can be a negative reflection on you.

Here are some links to information offered to help you understand the importance of not only being on LinkedIn but of having a high quality, attractive, and key word rich presentation including a number of steps to increase your visibility.
NOTE:  LinkedIn does offer various membership levels which include monthly or annual charges.  It is not necessary to have a paid account with LinkedIn to receive substantial benefit from their services or data.
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Apply for Jobs Directly from LinkedIn A great tool but no substitute for NETWORKING, it will not fix a bad Profile, and does not get around the failures of "job boards". 
How to Find A Job on LinkedIn [Video] A third party presentation offering some basic steps to find a job using LinkedIn. 
LinkedIn Profile LinkedIn content providing an overview of the LinkedIn Profile covering the major section of the Profile and how to use them in a general discussion. 
Linkedin Recruiter - eBay Comments [Video] eBay's John Curran on LinkedIn Recruiter  
Linkedin Recruiter - Logitech's Comments [Video] Logitech's John Zwieg on LinkedIn Jobs 
LinkedIn Recruiter - Trimble's Comments [Video] Trimble's Bob Spoer on LinkedIn Recruiter 
LinkedIn Recruiter - US Cellular's Comments [Video] US Cellular's Elisa Bannon on LinkedIn Recruiter 
LinkedIn Recruiter Video Price tag: about $18,000 per year per person representing an estimated 50% of LinkedIn's revenues. Can you say "serious use"? 
LinkedIn Training Webinar A variety of free videos or WebEx live sessions most notable is on Wednesdays, 1 PM Central - Reservations required but it's FREE Typically lasts under 2 hours and a good overview of the tool for beginners or those wanting an update! Can't get easier or cheaper! Make the time! 
LinkedIn Training Webinar [RESERVATIONS] Wednesdays at 1:00 PM Central: RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Duration is approximately 1:45 and is a FREE live session walking through the major areas of the LinkedIn Profile and what they are. A very good introduction to someone new to LinkedIn and a requirement for The CT Groups LinkedIn Training. Most PCs will support the webinar. PC Speakers or Headphones are required. 
Make Your LinkedIn Profile to Help You Find a Job Tips to basic Profile enhancement. A good starting point for improvement. You still have to do the work! 
Nine Ways Using LinkedIn to Advance Your Career Original article from 06/28/11 
Nine Ways Using LinkedIn to Advance Your Career II After the basic Profile enhancement, check these ideas out to help add visibility to recruiters. 
The Value of LinkedIn Overview Video of Linkedin 
What Is LinkedIn? [Video] LinkedIn Learning Center -- LinkedIn content providing a good initial overview of the tool. I encourage people to register for their webinar as part of their initial free training! 
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