Get LinkedIn

(This post is part of our 2014 Resolve to Evolve program.)

It’s likely that at least one LinkedIn invitation has found its way to your inbox. Maybe from an old boss or a college classmate. It seems like everyone you know (and maybe some you don’t) want to connect. But what is it exactly and why should you bother?

LinkedIn ( is a professionally-focused social network, connecting professionals with one another. Recruiters to job candidates. Hiring managers to job seekers. Colleague to colleague. Industry leaders to those trying to build their industry knowledge. Through a profile on the site, you get access to people, jobs, news, and insights to help you do your job better.

With more than 300 million professionals in the network, there is bound to be a corner just for you.

Over the next four weeks, we’ll take a closer look at why to use it, how to use it, and how to make the most of your LinkedIn presence.

This week:

Sign up for LinkedIn and start working on your profile. (Grab a copy of your paper resume to help you get started.)

Johanna Price

Johanna Price is a writer and editor living in the Twin Cities. Follow her on Twitter @johannaprice.