First, let’s say you have a free, basic LinkedIn account and feel you need to up your game by converting it into a paid plan with more benefits. LinkedIn offers four core types of paid, premium accounts geared toward specific people and professions:

A Career plan starts at $29.99 per month. Designed for job seekers, this account helps you contact hiring managers, tells you how you compare with fellow applicants, and teaches you new skills to further your career.

A Business plan starts at $47.99 per month. Designed for business professionals, this account offers 15 InMail messages so you can contact people not in your network, lets you learn who discovered your profile and how, serves up greater details on a company, lets you view an unlimited number of profiles, lets you take advantage of online video courses, and shows you how you compare with other job applications.

A Sales plan starts at $64.99 per month. Geared toward sales professionals, this account offers 15 InMail messages so you can contact people not in your network, lets you see who’s viewed your profile, helps you gain insight into your sales accounts and potential leads, lets you view an unlimited number of profiles, and allows you to search for and save the profiles of company decision makers.

A Hiring plan starts at $99.95 per month. Geared toward hiring professionals, this account offers 30 InMail messages, lets you see potential candidates who’ve viewed your profile, provides an advanced search option for finding potential job candidates, lets you view an unlimited number of profiles, suggests potential candidates, and helps you track and…

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