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10 ways CIOs can use LinkedIn

Source: LinkedIn | Dec. 5, 2011
How can CIOs benefit from LinkedIn? The site makes it easier for CIOs to connect and network, gain industry insights and keep abreast of technology trends, hire the best technology talent and find prospective partners.

6.       Leverage applications

Leverage LinkedIn applications such as SlideShare to share your presentations with your contacts and TripIt to let your connections know the places you will be travelling to, so if any of your connections are free, they can catch up with you. Look through LinkedIn's Application Directory to find the right applications for you.

7.       Vet the demands for your time

Someone wants to meet with you to pitch a service. A group wants you to speak at an event. LinkedIn makes it easy to check whether they are a credible and relevant to your needs before committing. A quick search reveals anyone you know in common, gives you a capsule impression, and helps you allocate that valuable time.

8.       Find good talent

LinkedIn helps you to connect and engage with the largest network of passive candidates; people who are currently employed, but who may be interested in advancing their career. Your best hires come from referrals from people you and your employees trust. With LinkedIn you can leverage your employees' networks to find more talent.

9.       Check references with one click

The best time to check out potential hires is before you meet them. Do it afterwards and the tendency is to use references to validate the decision process. Validate the pool of applicants instead, before they jump in-with one click on a LinkedIn profile. You can run reference checks on a potential candidate by searching for people from their previous companies. Reference checking also comes in handy when you're considering an acquisition.

10.   Manage your information 

Take control of your profile and information sharing by managing your privacy settings.  Modify your contact preferences to reflect the reasons for which you would like to be contacted by other professionals.  You can also set your activity broadcast to ensure that it is visible only to your trusted contacts or the whole network. It's also possible to change your e-mail preferences to select the types of messages you're willing to receive. 


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