Best alternatives to LinkedIn

Online professional networks are a great way to connect with the right people to progress in your career. There are also opportunities for recruiters to meet the right candidates with minimal hassle.

There are communities specifically meeting the needs of IT professionals, from solo techies to high-flying CIOs.

Being part of an online community can bring an array of benefits, from free online resources to friendly forums sharing interesting industry-related news.

So, while some sites are aimed at small to medium-sized businesses and others at larger enterprise clients, there's likely to be one for you.

If you're tired of LinkedIn, try one of these professional networks for IT pros.

This list will be updated regularly so if we've missed a professional network you like, let us know.

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Additional reporting by Hannah Williams.

AngelList
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AngelList

AngelList is an online platform that helps to connect job seekers with hiring organisations in various locations around the world.

Jobs tend to range from data scientists to developer and marketing for different levels of experience.

Recruiters are able to post job openings and hire candidates from a community of job seekers, all for free.

The site is also open for those interested in investing in a startup, raising funds or hiring professionals for your startup.

Sign up here.

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Sumry

Sumry is a great online platform for building connections and networking job seekers with the best organisations.

The platform helps candidates create work profiles and CVs to highlight experience, education, skills and much more. Similar to LinkedIn, it also displays recommendations from previous colleagues or friends in your network.

It also offers the opportunity to connect with company staff with introductions when you find a job of interest.

Sign up here.

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Hired

Hired appears a bit differently to LinkedIn. It offers job seekers the opportunity to create a profile, which will be open to organisations, for interview requests.

Hired's technology is built with algorithms that it claims will link professionals with the right organisations for the best match.

Candidates have the ball in their hands, as they can shortlist the organisations that suit them in terms of criteria such as career goals and salary.

Hired also offers free career coaching. Sign up here.

Spiceworks

Spiceworks

Spiceworks is a large community specifically designed for IT professionals. It really is excellent and that's why it's our top pick.

Launched in 2006, Spiceworks provides a space for resource sharing, collaboration and IT advice. Unlike LinkedIn and similar sites, Spiceworks users have access to its marketplace, where IT-related products and services can be purchased.

The community is very active, you can get a query answered almost immediately and the online resources are hard to match elsewhere.

Sign up here.

Data.com

Data.com

Acquired by Salesforce in April 2010, Data.com is a professional network for B2B decision-makers. While Salesforce insists Data.com is suitable for anyone from entry-level staff upwards, with extensive business and industry directories, contact lists and company portfolios, this professional network is arguably best suited to senior IT leaders such as CIOs, CTOs and CDOs.

Data.com also provides a community-led forum called 'The Corner' for professionals to connect, collaborate and discuss industry best practices.

Sign up here.

beBee

beBee

Founded in 2014, beBee is a professional network which encourages the sharing of knowledge and interests while also providing an extensive jobs board.

Like LinkedIn, beBee provides groups or 'hives' for discussions.

beBee is often thought of as a LinkedIn rival, so could be an easy transition site for unfulfilled LinkedIn users.

The 'hives' provide a massive range of topics designed for a large spectrum of users, from small business owners and top-level IT professionals to retail assistants and graphic designers.

Sign up here.

XING

XING

Claiming to be used in over 200 countries, XING is a career-centred social network that offers job boards, forums and LinkedIn-style 'connections'.

XING offers over 25,000 event listings for professional meetups across Europe.

Sign up here.

Meetup

Meetup

Founded in 2002, Meetup.com has grown in popularity substantially in recent years in both personal and professional circles with a recorded 30 million members across 182 countries, and 608,036 meetups taking place each month.

And while not fitting the parameters of a traditional professional network, due to the lack of an online community, Meetup offers 'real-life' networking events for most interests.

This group is ideal for IT hobbyists and hands-on IT professionals such as developers and programmers.

Sign up here.

Opportunity

Opportunity

Founded in 2013, Opportunity is a business networking site that matches professionals based on company analysis and ideal 'likely' future business partners.

Users can connect, chat and generate new business contacts while also providing a jobs board for employees and job seekers.

Sign up here.

AITP

AITP

The Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) is an online and offline network for IT pros comprising of webinars and forums, meetups and an online career centre specifically for IT pros.

AITP provides member discounts on FreshBooks and Dell (to name a few) products via its partner and affiliate portal.

While AITP is primarily US-focused, the resources available via the online community are still worth consideration from UK IT professionals.

Sign up here.

NetParty

NetParty

Netparty is the perfect networking site for young tech professionals who want to meet up with like-minded individuals in a fun and innovative way.

The website organises parties for the IT community that allows workers to meet up in a relaxed and informal setting.

The get-togethers are always free and they currently have branches in Europe and North America.

Sign up here.

LetsLunch

LetsLunch

This networking site isn’t strictly for IT professionals but we love the idea so much that we had to include it. Let’sLunch is the perfect website for busy people who don’t always have the time to attend networking events. The site allows you to find interesting professionals to meet over coffee, lunch or drinks.

The best part of this app is that all of your meetings can be found on one dashboard, so there is no more going-back-and-forth between calendar apps, LinkedIn, Facebook, SMS, and email to confirm your appointment.

Sign up here.

Shapr

Shapr

You’ve heard of Tinder, now let us introduce you to Shapr. Shapr is a networking platform that uses your tagged interests, location and experience to suggest 10 to 15 inspiring profiles each day.

Just like Tinder, you can use the swipe function to either "pass" or "meet" and strike up a conversation with someone. If you want to speed up your networking then this is the site for you.

Sign up here.

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