Yes and no. Be careful. Remember that your LinkedIn page establishes only one online identity for you. It’s like a digital résumé that you can’t change for every single job that you go after. So you have two choices if you use LinkedIn: 

provide a fairly general LinkedIn page, or provide a specialized LinkedIn page that assumes you know the specific field that is likely to provide you future employment. 
If you’ve got substantial experience, even part-time work and volunteer activities, you might want to go with the second option. Otherwise, I recommend you go with the first one. 

In either case, don’t expect LinkedIn itself to land you a job. More likely, potential employers will check out your LinkedIn site after having some othertype of communication with you.

Do use the groups on LinkedIn related to your profession to research and track discussions about relevant skills, knowledge, and traits for new hires in that field. I am amazed at the quality of advice in some of the groups. That advice can also help you determine the kinds of volunteer or part-time experiences that will solidify your résumé and boost you job prospects. 

Here’s a word of caution about LinkedIn groups: Don’t post rude or desperate messages asking “how to get a job” or, worse yet, “please hire me.” Post thoughtful notes about the most important skills, knowledge, and traits required for the field—and even then, only after using the search function to review previous messages posted on the topic. You don’t want to come across as clueless and just ask professionals write a resume for me

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