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HOW TO: Use LinkedIn Groups

Started as a simple way to make your CV available online to people you choose to network with, LinkedIn has grown into something far more useful. Members of LinkedIn create a page that is basically an enhanced CV, with education and career history, but also with recommendations and the opportunity to promote their current employer and link to further information.

Members can then invite other professionals to 'connect' with them, giving them access to their pages, and thus building a list of connections with whom they can communicate and share information. LinkedIn is above all used to find out about people you want to employ or people and companies you may be working with or are looking to work with.

LinkedIn Groups offers members the opportunity to set up forums for associations, industries, alumni or any centre of interest. Recent estimates suggest around 60 million current members.