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hire meAre you worried about the economy? What about finding a job? Or are you just worried about the future in general?

Well, I wish I could say that all you have to do is apply to a job and you’ll automatically get it, but in our era of social networking, you’re going to have to go a few steps further. Creating a LinkedIn account won’t make all of your worries magically disappear, but a LinkedIn account will sure help you with your search by building up your career network. More than ever, who you know is critical, and building and maintaining a career network before you start your job search is key to finding your dream job. The more connected you are in LinkedIn, the faster you’ll build your network. If you don’t know what LinkedIn is, finish reading this post. Let’s just say that your future could depend on it.

LinkedIn is similar to Facebook, wherein you find people that you know and you “friend” them. Although, in LinkedIn, this is called making a “connection.” And this name is truly representative of what the website does. You make connections with people in the hopes that they may help you find a job or post recommendations about you on your profile page.

When you first create a LinkedIn profile, all of the different steps that you need to complete may look daunting at first, but LinkedIn walks you through how to build your profile. The more detailed your profile is, the better. You can also choose to upload your resume and a picture to your profile page. If you want to add personality to your page, you can do so by adding in your interests and skills.

To learn about what the Career Center has to say about LinkedIn, you can visit http://usfca.edu/CSC/Students/Networking/

LinkedIn is the 21st Century way of finding jobs. In the future, you may be connected to someone who is connected to the the boss of your dream job. So what do you do? Connect with them! LinkedIn has different tiers of connections, which can be used to your advantage. According to Nathan Choy, of USF’s Career Center, nowadays, “getting a job is about who you know, not what you know,” so starting to build your network at an early age is very important.

Remember, 80% of jobs are found through networking!

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