growing your network on LinkedIn
SOCIAL NETWORKING FOR BUSINESS
| September 2013 | Roshan Joshi | Add me to LinkedIn |
What is LinkedIn?
• Professional Networking Platform. Over 225 million users
• Mainly used to connect to people related to professional
network (people from your industry)
• Also used for job search or recruiting, company
updates, insights from industry experts and to connect to
Why use LinkedIn?
• Old + New Connections = Grow Professional Network
• Explore New Business Leads
• Improve Reputation + Leadership
• Market Research & Industry Trends Study
• Find Jobs or People Looking for Jobs
Getting Started in LinkedIn
• Import contacts from your email address to complete your
• Search and Join Groups Related to Your Industry
• Follow related Companies
• Use Recommendations for your colleagues
• Use endorsements to endorse skills of your connections
Using Groups in LinkedIn
• Groups Can be Open or Approval Based
• Join Related Group & Sub Groups if Any
• Connect with Group Owners
• Browse through Members in Group
• Send Invitations to People in the Group
Using Search in LinkedIn
• Search Anything and Use Filter to Match Your Need
• e.g. Search for
Industry = Design
Relationship = Group Members
Location = USA
• Pro Tip: Save Search to get in your email inbox
Using Companies in LinkedIn
• Search for a Company
• Go to the Company Page (check company page
introduction, updates, new jobs, employees etc.)
• Visit Profile of Person You Want to Connect (Start with 2nd
Degree Connection Introduction)
• Send Invitation
Using Connections in LinkedIn
• Suppose someone accepts your invitation, or you accept
someone else’s invitation. Then you two become 1st Degree
Connections and can see each other’s details. Their
connections who are not yet your connections become 2nd
• Follow Up the very first time someone connects with you.
• You can start with your professional introduction + what you
are looking from your relation. Be Polite, Be Straight when
making new contacts.
• Avoid / Limit unsolicited invitations.
• Ask for an introduction where applicable from a 1st degree
• Build relationships. Help when you can. Be professional and
direct about your approach.
Back to Basics: Beyond LinkedIn
• Do your homework - LinkedIn is just a tool
• Start with 1st Degree Connections, friends that you know
• Choose Partners Wisely. Be in a good neighborhood
• Export your LinkedIn connection database if needed
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