LinkedIn was started back in the early 2000s as a project spearheaded by Reid Hoffman and staffed by members from PayPal and Socialnet.com. Reid began working on it in 2002, and the product was officially launched in 2003. Today millions of professionals the world over visit the LinkedIn login page to connect with the peers everywhere.
LinkedIn is not the, most beautiful or intuitive site out there, but it certainly does the job. You can connect with professionals the world over on this website. You can further your career and hire the best people in your field. What’s not like about LinkedIn?
What is LinkedIn?
The aim of this social networking platform was to enable professionals from all sectors to connect with each other. It was a forum through which recruiters could also meet potential candidates.
By 2010 the company had built its international headquarters in Dublin, and by the following year, LinkedIn had been listed on the NYSE. Now the platform has more than 400 million users and a presence in 200 countries.
How to Sign In to LinkedIn
Type www.linkedin.com into your browser’s address bar (the thin horizontal blank field at the top of your Google page or the homepage of whichever search engine you are using e.g. Yahoo or Bing.
You will be taken to the LinkedIn home page which has a prominent Sign Up box in the middle of the page. For signing in purposes, though, you should look for the LinkedIn login area as indicated by the arrows in the screenshot below:
There are two fields to complete. First, enter the email address you gave when you signed up at LinkedIn. Then enter the password you set when you signed up. Click on the grey Sign In button to the right. That’s it. You’re in, and you can start connecting with people the world over.
Retrieving Your LinkedIn Login Details
As discussed above, when you go to the LinkedIn main page you have options to sign in or sign up. You will also see a link at the top ‘Forgot password?’as indicated in the screenshot below:
Click on the Forgot Password? link. You will be taken to a page with a little box that looks like this:
Type in the email address you gave when you signed up at LinkedIn, then click on the Continue button. This is what you will see on your screen once you have clicked on the Continue button:
LinkedIn is very jacked up. It won’t be long before you get an email that looks like this (I have blacked out my name for the sake of privacy):
Why You Have to Sign Up
Without signing up, you cannot get beyond the LinkedIn login screen or access any of the features LinkedIn offers. After you have signed up, you will be able to create a profile in which you can add your contacts. You can add your academic qualifications and work experience to make your profile more attractive to potential employers. To be able to connect with other professionals on the platform they will need to know who you are thus you need to sign up. If you’re an employer, you need to do the same to be able to list jobs.
How to Register at LinkedIn
Type https://www.linkedin.com/ into the address bar right at the top of your web browser (probably Google Chrome). Hit enter. You will be taken to the LinkedIn home page that looks something like this:
The enter your first name, last name and email. Then create an easy-to-remember password that contains letters numerals and a special character. The click the long Join now button to register.
Privacy at LinkedIn
If you agree with them, you can sign up, but if you don’t you can always opt out. There are privacy settings in your profile you can adjust to make your profile visible, for instance.
What You Get at LinkedIn
There is a lot you stand to gain with LinkedIn login credentials. On your profile, you can transfer the details on your resume including your personal information, contacts, qualifications and educational background.
You can then search for jobs in any part of the world or within your locality that match your skillset. One of the main reasons for LinkedIn’s existence, as the name suggests, is linking professionals up.
You can search for friends and make friends on LinkedIn who are in the same field. They, in turn, can easily give you a heads-up when opportunities arise.
It will be easier for them to recommend you as they will have updated information of your career path to look at. If you are looking to hire qualified people, LinkedIn makes it easy for you.
Countries Where You Can Use LinkedIn
With a presence in 200 countries and territories worldwide, it’s hard to imagine a place where you cannot use this social networking platform. Even in China where Internet access is strictly monitored and restricted, there are millions of LinkedIn users. A mobile app for the platform has made it all the more accessible.
Regional Tips: LinkedIn offers users an excellent way to connect regardless of geographical distance, but the best way to build on those connections is to meet them face to face. If you can meet users in your network who are in the same region, it’s worth the trouble.
LinkedIn App for Android Tablets and Mobile Phones
In 2008 LinkedIn introduced a version of its site for use with mobile devices now there is a mobile app for the platform that is available on both the App Store and the Google Play Store.
In December an upgrade of the app was launched that will make it even easier for users to access its features.
Security and Privacy Issues
The widely publicized 2012 LinkedIn attack saw the company lose 6.4 million cryptographic hashes of user passwords. In response to this LinkdIn implemented two-factor authentication and asked users to change their passwords.
Other security measures the company has put in place to protect user data include SSL encryption and routine monitoring of systems to check for security loopholes.
Another recent issue was noted back in 2013, mostly associated with Intro, a service that came with the LinkedIn app for iOS. Security experts thought the feature exposed users to man-in-the-middle attacks.
LinkedIn responded by pulling the plug on Intro just a few months after introducing it.
Cool Stuff to do on LinkedIn
What better way to grow your profile on LinkedIn and your networks than by ‘liking’ your friends’ achievements when they update their profiles?
How Does LinkedIn Make Money?
In summary, LinkedIn makes its money mostly through advertising. Two years ago the company launched its Sponsored Updates ad service in which businesses pay a fee to LinkedIn for them to display their content to users.
Take-Aways About LinkedIn
- As at the end of October 2015, LinkedIn had 400 million users
- Two users sign up to LinkedIn every second
- LinkedIn is in 200 countries and territories
Keep Your LinkedIn Login Details Safe
While LinkedIn has an elaborate security policy, it is up to you to keep your login details safe. Choose a strong password and never share it with anyone.