All professionals need a LinkedIn profile. In the U.S. and many other countries, LinkedIn has become one of the most important sites for finding jobs, recruiting candidates, following companies and networking. Your LinkedIn profile will be like a virtual resume. It represents you professionally. Recruiters use LinkedIn to find candidates for jobs. When you apply to a job, one of the first things a recruiter will do is to read your LinkedIn profile. In addition to your profile, it is a valuable tool to fuel your research, networking, job search and career development.