Mondays are my big post day. I try to post my most relevant post for the week. If Monday is a good day then the rest of the week is gravy.
This week I was set to post the first Podcast from Linked Intuition, which was to be created on Saturday through my new Podcast show Radio North Fulton. Unfortunately my cohort Scott Dunn, of Sonar Connects, woke up not feeling well and spent the day on a chicken soup IV. Hopefully we can reconnect this week and I’ll post it next Monday.
So to keep Monday a good day, today’s topic is LinkedIn related tools and widgets. You might have heard of some of these. You might be using some. But a lot of people are not aware of all of these, so here they are.
LinkedIn Presence Scoring Tool
Ever wondered how your LinkedIn efforts compare to the average user. The Linkulator grades your LinkedIn activity on a scale from 0 to 100, and shows you the average score among those who have graded their profile. The results also include tips on what you can do to improve your score and presence.
Google Alerts to Track Topics
This isn’t a LinkedIn tool but it can be used to track LinkedIn related information. Set up a Google Alert to track LinkedIn related topics to keep up to date with changes and information about LinkedIn.
Xobni Email Plugin
This Outlook plugin opens a summary window that displays information on each email sender and how you connect to that person.
The Outlook toolbar is an excellent way to have full-time access to your LinkedIn contacts and information even when you are not on the LinkedIn Web site. The tool integrates your LinkedIn data with Outlook, provider you instant access to en email sender’s profile.
Browser Toolbars (IE & Firefox)
The LinkedIn Browser Toolbar allows you to directly access LinkedIn, it allows you to search from anywhere, and also get the scoop on inside job connections. With easy one-click access to LinkedIn, you can easily see the LinkedIn profiles of everyone sending you Web mail.
The Jobs Insider comes with the LinkedIn Browser toolbar. With it you can see how you connect into a job listing and see how you are connected to the position. The tool works with Monster, CareerBuilder, HotJobs, Craigslist, SimplyHired, Dice, or Vault
You can request an introduction to the hiring manager, get your resume to the right person, or find out more about the company
Track topics based on keywords and categories in LinkedIn Answers to review and respond to questions posed by other LinkedIn members. When you look at a category on the right side at the bottom of the Browse box is a text link to “Subscribe to new questions in” whichever category you are currently viewing.
Let your users discover how they are connected to companies on your site. You pass a company name and we’ll show how many people the user knows and a few sample names. This widget works great for news sites and blogs, letting readers connect to people at companies you mention. It also works well on jobs sites where job seekers can see who they know at hiring companies. Use it anywhere to inject professional networking into your site.
Show LinkedIn profiles on your blog, website, or application. The Profile widget shows the public profile of anyone in LinkedIn. Use it to show your own profile on your blog or website. Or use it in your business application to show profiles of people. The Profile widget takes a Public Profile URL and shows the public profile for that person. Your users can then click through to see the full LinkedIn profile page, including how they may be related and communication options.
Share on LinkedIn
Add a Share on LinkedIn link to your website or blog allowing your users to share your content with their LinkedIn connections or networks. This gives your content legs: one user visits your site and can notify literally tens, hundreds, or thousands of others. Works great for news sites, blogs, and other content rich sites.
I would also consider the various LinkedIn applications tools as well. Down the road I’ll add a post reviewing these but for now you can access them from the LinkedIn site.
Which tools have you found useful? And what are some LinkedIn tools that I missed that you think everyone should know about?