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While the debate on how effective LinkedIn -- a social network for employers and prospective employees -- rages, being found online cannot necessarily hurt your prospects.
You can get a headstart on your profile by using your resume as a reference, and by using keywords, businesses that have filtering systems for potential applicants can find you. In addition, while space is limited on resumes, you can use a LinkedIn profile to write more about your experiences and key skills.
Instead of submitting your resume to a job board, conducting a people search lets you see who works at that company, and then you can touch base with them directly to learn more and explore opportunities.
The "skills and expertise" section, where third parties can recommend you, can also prove to be a bonus when potential employers are researching your digital footprint.
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