Here’s why I love LinkedIn

Paul Hurdsfield first advised me that if I wanted to be successful that I needed to get on LinkedIn as soon as possible. Since signing up I find it hard to imagine what I would do without it these days.

It is easily the best social platform for professionals who are looking to further their career or boost business for their company. I can’t thank Paul Hurdsfield enough for the advice to join the site, since then I have found a new job – without the site that wouldn’t have happened.

So what is it that makes this social platform so special? Here are some of the main reasons why I think everyone who uses the site will love it.

No Cold Calling

Before I get on any call to a prospect, my first point of call is to check out their LinkedIn profile. I may have been passed their contact details by someone, but by reading their profile I can learn more about them, their experience and if we have a common connection on the platform. This gives me something to start the conversation off with and turns a cold call into a warm one. LinkedIn gives me the ability to break the ice as soon as the call starts and demonstrates that I have done my due diligence before contacting them.

No Lost Contacts

Back in the day people would have a rolodex on their desk full of all valuable contacts they had made. Well, now LinkedIn is that rolodex and that makes life a lot more easy indeed. You may have a really high tech management system set up in your office or none at all to help you manage your contacts – regardless of what you have, you can always go to LinkedIn because the site organises your contacts and keeps them up to date. The feature I love is that LinkedIn will even update you from time to time to let you know when people change jobs or companies, if they have been promoted and then you know if their contact details have changed.

Do you use LinkedIn? If so, I would love to hear all about your experiences and tips for using the platform. All you have to do is pop your thoughts down in the comment section below this site. Thanks for sharing guys, I am looking forward to reading everything you have to share.