Social | Technology The ultimate guide to LinkedIn Written by Simply Zesty on 15 September 2009 Many people set up a profile on LinkedIn but don't use it regularly, only returning when prompted by an email telling you someone is looking to connect. There are many great features in LinkedIn that you should be using, whether you're job-hunting, looking for business or simply want to network online.It's worth investing your time in LinkedIn - as with any social network you need to build up a community and following in order to maximise the benefits to you. Having used LinkedIn regularly, it can seem particularly daunting and the features that make it such a great business tool can be hard to find. We've put together top tips for using LinkedIn that will help you get the most out of the site.The basics of LinkedInLinkedin can take a while to master and even for more advanced users there are some great tips here that you are going to be able to use to expand your network. Take time to fill in your profile correctly and follow the tips below to hit the ground running as fast as possible...1.Video demonstration of how to set up a personal profile2.Tips on building up your profile3.How to find and add contacts4.Setting up a company profile5.Finding colleagues on LinkedIn6.Asking for recommendations7.Guide to writing recommendations8.Tips on writing a top profile9.Optimise your profile for SEO10.Embedding your profile on a webpageHow to use LinkedIn to find a jobThe way that people are looking for jobs has changed dramatically in the last couple of years with the advent of social media and one of the tools that has left recruitment companies and agencies worried the most is Linkedin. Use these tips to get into your profile and start networking if you need employment...1.Changing your status2.Avoid these common mistakes3.Make the most of your email signature4.Research company profiles5.Slideshow on LinkedIn job search6.Using groups to search job postings7.Create a personal slideshow8.Use the LinkedIn browser toolbar9.Handy video on using LinkedIn for your job search10.Guy Kawasaki's ten tips to using LinkedIn for your job searchUsing LinkedIn to promote your businessLinkedin is normally seen as a tool for personal networking but there are also many ways in which you can help promote your own business as a whole and the following tips will give you a quick overview of the best ones to get you started.1.Join groups2.Create groups3.Ask & answer questions4.Use LinkedIn to promote your blog5.Add a button to your website6.Customise your URL7.Build your network8.Use the discussion feature in groups9.Increase your network10.5 Top TipsSome LinkedIn extrasIt can take time to find the little extras that make a really good service into an incredibly useful and amazing service so instead of you having to go and hoke around for them we have gathered up the best of the best here in an easy collection of lists that will give some of the juicy extras that Linkedin has to offer...1.Video demo of LinkedIn events2.Run direct ads3.How to post a job ad4.How to get the most out of LinkedIn5.How to export your connections6.Add video to your profile7.Install the Outlook toolbar8.Make your profile public9.How to send introductions10.LinkedIn Advanced TipsTop 10 LinkedIn widgetsSome of the best and most useful features on Linkedin are the widgets that sit on top of the platform itself. Using this selection will mean that you are able to add some great content and interactive tools to your profile and possibly connect with better more relevant people.1.Blog Link2.Amazon reading list3.Company Buzz4.Slideshare presentations5.Box.net files6.LinkedIn polls7.Huddle workspaces8.My Travel9.Wordpress10.LinkedIn contacts on FacebookYou should be pretty much set to get cracking on Linkedin now with all these tips. Don't forget to share any tips that you might have yourseelf in the comments so as others can learn from your experience.