You may hear people talk about the importance of having a LinkedIn profile.  Many folks add people to their list of contacts when convenient or the mood strikes. Sometimes I will search LinkedIn for a person I meet at an event (whether its business or social) to get a better idea of their work background and interests. It helps flesh them out.

There are many ways to strategically use LinkedIn as an important career development tool. Whether you are actively seeking work, or just trying to maintain your network and stay on top of the curve, I recommend you read this excellent blog post by Guy Kawasaki (co-founder of, founding partner at Garage Technology Ventures and well known author), entitled,  10 Ways to Use LinkedIn. It will give you great insight into more sophisticated ways to use this popular social media tool.