LinkedIn offers both a free and a Premium version. There are several types of Premium versions that give you more tools and features to utilize.
- [Instructor] Throughout this course, I've been switching back and forth between two different LinkedIn accounts. One is the account that I created for Zachary Heilyn and the other was mine. Now, you might've noticed that there were some differences between the two accounts, both in the way they looked and in some of the functionality that they had. This is because the account that I created for Zachary is a free Basic account in LinkedIn while my account is one with a Premium membership that I pay for. So, there are some additional benefits and features that are received through a Premium account, such as the ability to send InMail.
You can view company insights, move up on job applications, and see who's viewing your profile. A Basic free account on LinkedIn, however, is still an extremely powerful tool and you'll still have the ability to connect with other people, to look up jobs, and apply for them on the platform. You'll have the ability to follow companies, get a customized news feed, and much more. On this article in the LinkedIn Help Center, you can see some of the differences in features, as it shows the difference between a LinkedIn free account and a Premium subscription.
Now I'm going to navigate back to Zachary's account and I want to point out an important thing. If you want to try LinkedIn Premium, you have the ability to do that for free. In the upper right corner, it tells you Try Premium for Free. I'm going to go ahead and click on this. And this brings me to the Premium page. Now, if you're considering getting a Premium account, but you're not quite sure if it's what you want, you have the ability to try this out for free. I completely understand that, as a student, you likely don't have a lot of extra money laying around to get a Premium subscription.
But it might be an investment you want to consider when actively pursuing potential jobs. Also, there are different types of Premium accounts. As a student, the one that's most likely relevant to you is the Career Premium, which is for people looking to get hired or find a job. There are Premium accounts for businesses, if you want to grow and nurture your network. There's one for sales, if you want to unlock sales opportunities, as well as one for hiring for finding and hiring talent.
- Creating a LinkedIn profile
- Growing a professional network
- Following companies and influencers
- Sharing updates and articles
- Sending and receiving messages
- Searching for jobs
- Upgrading to LinkedIn Premium
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 10/18/2018. What changed?
A: The following topic was updated: LinkedIn Groups.