When I first joined LinkedIn, its primary use was helping job seekers find new roles. It was also a great place for employers to find potential candidates. As time passed and I went through a few job changes, I was utilizing it more frequently. I never secured a job directly off my profile, but came close a couple of times. To this day, it is still a wonderful place for job seekers and employers to “meet”.
I started to really enjoy this platform when I began contributing in groups. I learned a lot from posting questions, but also by answering questions and reading other people’s comments. One group in particular has “given” me many of my best online connections, and I would have never met most of them if I had not joined the conversation.
I have connected here with many people that I met through other social media channels, but also with total strangers who had similar backgrounds and interests as me. I sure wish this platform was around when I started my career. Cold calling would have been “much less cold.”
The LinkedIn Help Centre is pretty cool. Under the search button, there are many LinkedIn tips. Get in there, play around and have some fun learning about this phenomenal social media platform.
I have highlighted 3 important topics.
- Signing Up To Join LinkedIn
- Editing Your Profile – You may already have an account, but are not doing much with it currently, or are starting from scratch. Don’t be overwhelmed. Take some time over a few days and really put some thought in to this. The more quality information the better, so people really get to know your background, and the finer points about you!
- Building Your Professional Network – I have put a lot of time in to this over the years, and connected with many old friends and business colleagues. I have also met hundreds of new people through my social media and blogging activities.
Top 3 Tips For Newbies
- Complete Your Profile – Nothing irritates me more than an incomplete profile, with a vague headline, and possibly even a silly picture (leave that for a Facebook personal page). You don’t have to have your entire life story on there, but make sure the information is complete enough that people will have a very good understanding what you are all about, personally and professionally, by the time they are done reading.
- Join Groups – Get involved! Post questions and answer other ones. Show that you are working towards being a go to resource in your areas of interests. Warning – if you do post questions, please go back and respond to those that have taken the time to comment. If not, you are being “socially rude”!
- Personalize Your “Invites To Connect” – This can be as little as one or two sentences that takes 30 seconds or less to write. It’s much more professional than the generic invitation that is sent to somebody if you just hit “Connect“.
- You can do this from your phone now too. Click the 3 dots in the top right corner of a person’s profile page. Then click “Customize Invite” and include a message. Done! Think about how many times you have received the generic invite and said, “Why do they want to connect with me?”
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