If you haven’t heard of it before, LinkedIn may be your new best friend.

LinkedIn is a social networking site devoted entirely business-related networking. Your connections on LinkedIn are not friends and family, but collegues, and co-workers managers and subordinates.

If you already know of LinkedIn, you may consider it the best thing since sliced bread, or the most annoying, overhyped, insanity since MySpace created social networking.

LinkedIn can be a cornerstone to your job hunt – but you need to know how to use it.

First – who you connect with on LinkedIn matters more then how many you connect with. Using LinkedIn to stay in touch with former associates can give you an in on a job opening that hasn’t been made public yet. Connecting with everyone and their third cousin twice removed, just because they offer a connection, just drowns you in static. So only connect with people you know, and people who know you.

Second – make sure you take the time to look over your extended networs – the people your connections connect you to. Your former manager is connected with an HR rep at a company you would love to work for, but that doesn’t do you any good if you don’t know about it. Once you do know about it, you can ask your ex-manager to introduce you.

Third – get involved in groups. Company groups, alumni groups, skills groups, industry groups. These groups are a great way to met people and make new connections.

There is way to much great stuff about LinkedIn to put in a singel blog post, don’t be afraid to read up some more. Here are a few good resources for how to make LinkedIn work for you:

The LinkedIn Blog
Linked Intelligence
10 Ways to Use LinkedIn to Fnd a Job

Why not take a few hours now to explore LinkedIn, and I’ll see you tomorrow!