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Does LinkedIn get the job done?

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Looking for a new job in a struggling economy is hard work.

But you can make it easier on yourself by getting to know the best tools for the task at hand.

It's the social network company that earned more than $228 million in revenue in the second quarter of 2012.

"Cultivate and foster those relationships on LinkedIn," said WBTV's cyber expert Theresa Payton.

"It's one of the best sites out there for looking for work." 

The professionally focused site helps job seekers put their best foot forward.

"You can put sort of like a resume about yourself," said Theresa.

From there, you can link to other people that you've worked with in the past, people you may want to know and people that are in your type of work.

"It is a lot like the yellow pages for the business," said Theresa. 

"You can also join these professional personal groups on LinkedIn as well."

WBTV's cyber expert says not having an Internet presence can be damaging.

But over sharing information can also hurt your chances of landing a job.

"There are often people connected pretty wide to a lot of people and they forget that and they are posting way too much about themselves," said Theresa.

And though it's nice to be contacted by a hiring manager, remember being on the site doesn't guarantee you will be employed.

Our cyber expert says sites like Monstor.com are also a good source but you may get a very general and overwhelming amount of responses.

LinkedIn is a bit more focused.

Theresa Payton is the author of "Protecting Your Internet Identity."

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