You don't necessarily have to be in the same field as someone to network with them. They may not directly be able to help you but indirectly you never know where an oppertoonity may come along. LinkedIn is a tool just like anything else it's best used when you can get your profile out there and the more people that can see it the better. Document your projects it's important and keep up your work history. It can be easy to get in a rut and let things go. But I had a lot of opportunities come my way through Linkedin. And yes I know I haven't updated my profile in a couple of months. Do-as-i-say-not-as-i-do LOL
Edit grammar is important LOL
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It's useful to network with basically everyone on LinkedIn, because as your connections go out, you get more access to other people due to second-hand connections. Some people are not visible unless you have a similar connection, or are part of the same professional group. So when looking for a new job, it's useful to have as large of a network as possible. That way you have a better chance of seeing the details of the hiring managers at the places you'd like to work.
I have one, and use it daily, but I don't wish to post it on here. I'll add you, though. I accept all requests as well, if you know where to find me (I'm not the same with Facebook--I have to know you well to add you there).
EDIT: I sent you a request.
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Linkedin sent me a request notice which I was able to use after I accidentally deleted on my linkedin page.
My account shows you as a connection now, so I can't send another request to you. I also see that you viewed my profile minutes ago and that shows you as a 1st level connection. Not sure what else I can do to help unless all is ok now.
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