Social networking has always been important for professional and personal development, but today there is often a need (and interest) to utilize technology in the process. Previous posts on Indonesia Inquiry provide a number of resources via the category “Professional Networking” to locate other professionals who work on and/or in Asia, especially Indonesia. Reaching more professionals is also possible via a website/service called “LinkedIn.”
According to the LinkedIn website:
- As of August 2, 2012, LinkedIn operates the world’s largest professional network on the Internet with more than 175 million members in over 200 countries and territories.
- Sixty-two percent of LinkedIn members are located outside of the United States, as of August 2, 2012.
- LinkedIn members did nearly 4.2 billion professionally-oriented searches on the platform in 2011 and are on pace to surpass 5.3 billion in 2012.
- Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., LinkedIn also has U.S. offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Omaha and San Francisco. International LinkedIn offices are located in Amsterdam, Bangalore, Delhi, Dubai, Dublin, Hong Kong, London, Madrid, Melbourne, Milan, Mumbai, Munich, Paris, Perth, São Paulo, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo and Toronto.
- The company’s management team is comprised of seasoned executives from companies like Yahoo!, Google, Microsoft, TiVo, PayPal and Electronic Arts. The CEO of LinkedIn is Jeff Weiner.
- LinkedIn is currently available in nineteen languages: English, Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.
Registration is free for basic accounts. Members can upgrade their basic accounts to “Business,” “Business Plus,” or “Executive” accounts for additional monthly fees that are actually billed annually.
Besides individual accounts or pages, there are groups from a variety of backgrounds that you can join. For example, there are alumni groups for colleges and universities, business groups for current or former employees, foundations and non-profit organizations, and different personal interests. The idea is to leverage “six degrees of separation” nationally and internationally for professional purposes. LinkedIn is particularly useful for those people who want to build a certain type of online presence, but want to avoid some of the potential problems of other social networking sites like Facebook.
For those interested in Indonesia, there are a ton of groups listed when you type in “Indonesia” in the group search engine. You name the industry, and there’s a group for it. For instance, there are groups for marketing, IT, oil, tourism, mining, finance, retail, pharmaceuticals, law, real estate, etc. LinkedIn members are permitted to create groups, too, in case you cannot find one that fits your purposes.
LinkedIn also has announcements and groups for people looking for employment.
Be sure to create a complete individual profile (think “formal resume”) so others know who you are when they search for you online or remember you when you request a connection.
–> Indonesia Inquiry does not have any financial or other stake in promoting LinkedIn. As of October 14, 2012, it’s simply considered as a useful networking tool at the local, national, and international levels.