LinkedIn is a professional social networking service. It allows users to create profiles and connections to each other in an online social network which may represent real-world professional relationships. It is basically a facebook for business connections.
This list of connections can then be used in a number of ways:
- Obtaining introductions to the connections of connections (termed second-degree connections) and connections of second-degree connections (termed third-degree connections)
- Users can find jobs, people and business opportunities recommended by someone in one’s contact network.
- Employers can list jobs and search for potential candidates.
- Job seekers can review the profile of hiring managers and discover which of their existing contacts can introduce them.
- Users can post their own photos and view photos of others to aid in identification.
- Users can follow different companies and can receive notifications about the new joining and offers available.
- Users can save (i.e. bookmark) jobs that they would like to apply for.
- Users can “like” and “congratulate” each other’s updates and new employments.
- Users can see who has visited their profile page.
You use the connections in order to find jobs, people or businesses. Employers can list jobs and search for potential candidates.
This guide is a great explaining on how to set up your profile www.mashable.com/2012/05/23/linkedin-beginners/