Using LinkedIn Toolbars

In our previous post, Inviting People to your LinkedIn Network, we talked about ways to invite people to your LinkedIn network. In this post, we take a look at a how to use LinkedIn toolbars, a power tool in your kit.

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Power Tool: LinkedIn Toolbars

Chances are you’re not always going to have LinkedIn open in a browser on your computer. But if you use Microsoft Outlook for email, or either Microsoft Internet Explorer or Firefox as your Web browser, you can install LinkedIn toolbars[1] that give you instant access to LinkedIn features. LinkedIn also offers:

  • Email Signature tool — Enables you to customize the emails you send in Outlook, Outlook Express, and Thunderbird
  • Mac Search Widget — Enables you to search LinkedIn from your Mac Dashboard
  • LinkedIn Button for Google Toolbar — Adds LinkedIn search to your Google Toolbar

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Figure 29 — LinkedIn Toolbars

The browser toolbar installs the JobsInsider function which pulls up a side panel when you view a job listing on many company and third party job sites. JobsInsider analyzes the contents of the job listing to find the employer’s name and then determines how many inside connections you have to the job. The side panel lists people in your network who work at the company and enables you to view their profiles.

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Figure 30 — LinkedIn JobsInsider Shows People in Your Network

Next up: Developing Relationships on LinkedIn

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[1] LinkedIn Toolbars: