Getting Started on LinkedIn• LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking sit used for professional and socialnetworking. The Alumnae Association hosts a group on LinkedIn specifically forMount Holyoke alumnae and students to connect, engage, and network.• How to join: Much like Facebook, joining LinkedIn is very easy. Simply visit the LinkedInhomepage and you will be prompted with instructions.Click here for an overview of LinkedIn.• Creating a profile: Your LinkedIn “profile” gives information about your professional life, such aspast and current employers, special skills, interests, hobbies, volunteer work, and more.• How to use: Much like you have “friends” in Facebook, you have “contacts” in LinkedIn. Thesemay be friends, current or former coworkers, industry acquaintances, etc. You must either invitesomeone to be a “contact,” or they must invite you.
Individual Pro leMHC Group5,026 membersSubgroupMBAsSubgroupEntrepreneursSubgroupFrances PerkinsSubgroupBridge Class of1964 and 2014& FriendsAcquaintancesColleaguesClassmatesContains resume, career objectives,where you’re lived, worked, and oftentraveled, key skills, honors/awards,volunteer positions, etc.BusinessesconnectionsJoin groups to discuss ideasOverviewVisual Overview
LinkedIn will ask you a series of questions to get you started. You may SKIPany question that you don’t want to answer.• By entering your email password, LinkedIn will compare your email contacts with people who haveprofiles so that you can “connect” with them. Again, you can skip anything you don’t want todo.SKIP
LinkedIn will next prompt you to enter a little information about yourself that willappear on your profile. It is perfectly acceptable to put retired or “former” in thejob title section. In the company field you can again put “retired,” the lastcompany at which you worked, or the industry in which you worked.
LinkedIn will next ask you to confirm your email address. Simply loginto your email and click on the link provided to activate your account.Or a popup window may appear asking for your email password. Thisis to protect your privacy by making sure that you are using alegitimate email account.
LinkedIn will also suggest people that you may know so that you can connectwith them. You may skip this step or select the people that you would like toconnect with and click “Add Connections” at the bottom.Select anyone you’d like to connect with here
LinkedIn will ask if you want to share your new profile on Twitter orFacebook, again you may skip.
LinkedIn is a free service but you can upgrade to a premium account if youwish. If not click “skip,” or choose the free Basic Account.Choose Basic (free) or Skip and it will automatically choose basic for you
Next, LinkedIn will walk you through a series of questions to help you fill outyour profile. Again, you can “Skip” any questions you don’t want to answeror don’t want on your profile. We recommend filling in as much informationas possible as well as including a photo of yourself.
If you ever need to revise or add information to your profile simply hoverover the “Profile” button at the top and click the drop down “Edit Profile.” Youwill then see small pencil icons. Click these icons or the prompts, such as “+Add a Summary” to edit. You do not have to fill in anything you do not wantto.Click to edit the sectionsClick first to be able to edit
http://www.linkedin.com/in/taylorrscottWhat information does a pro le contain?Click here to seewhat a full pro lelooks like.• Skills• Professional interests• Current and pastemployment (which indicateswhere people live and have lived)• Volunteer experience• Hobbies• Education• Areas of expertise• Honors and awardsYou may visit www.linkedin.com/in/taylorrscott tosee what a full profile looks like.
You may change your privacy settings, how many emails (ifany) you’d like to receive from LinkedIn, and your accountsettings by hovering over your image in the top right cornerand clicking “Privacy and Settings.”Controlling your Account
You will be taken to this screen where you can control all of your settings.Click on each tab to see what youcan manage/change. If you everwant to delete your account, clickthe “Account” tab and then “Closeyour Account.”
Navigating LinkedInClick the envelope to see andsend private messages to yourcontacts, much like an emailmessage.When the flag turns red click it to seeany notifications that LinkedIn hasfor you, such as new connectionsyou’ve made.When the person is redthis means someonewants to connect withyou. Click to see who anddecide if you’d like toaccept their connectioninvitation.
Joining a LinkedIn Group.Help othersndemployment/internshipsand vice-versaNetworkpersonallyandprofessionallyExchangeideas andseek adviceFind mentorsor guidanceWhat’s the Point of a LinkedIn Group?Joining a LinkedIn Group
What does a discussion in a group look like?Someone poses a ques on ordiscussion topic. You don’t haveto respond if it doesn’t apply toyou. Those who do want torespond post a comment.These comments are hidden unless you clickon them and then they expand so you can readthem. See the next page to read the advicegiven to her via comments.
How to join a groupSimply type in a keyword or the name of the group you’d like to join in thesearch bar. Our group name is “Alumnae Association of Mount HolyokeCollege”
Our group profile will appear. You must click the yellow button that says,“Join Group.” We will then verify that you are an alumna through ourdatabase and you will be notified when we accept you into the group. Thismay take a day or two.
Once you are accepted into our group, or any other groups, you maynavigate to them by hovering over “Interests” at the top and clicking“Groups”
Once you are in the Alumnae Association group, this is what it will look like.You may post discussions within the main group, in addition to joining theBridges 1964-2014 “subgroup.”Navigate to the subgroup by clicking “More” and then “Subgroups”
The list of the Alumnae Association’s subgroups will appear. Click on “Join thissubgroup” above “Mount Holyoke Bridge Group: 1964 and 2014.” The process isthe same as joining the main group. You will have to wait to be approved so thatwe can make sure you are either from the class of 1964 or 2014.
Once you are part of the subgroup you may start a discussion.
Or view everyone who is a member. Yet, in order to view a member’s full profile pageyou have to add them as a “Connection.”Simply hover over their name and to the right, click “Invite to connect.” You may alsoclick on their name. Doing this will take you to a new page where you will see a largeblue button that says “Connect.” Once they approve your invitation to connect you canboth view each other’s profiles and send each other private messages.We suggest connecting with as many group members as possible so that you can viewand search shared interests, professions, etc.
Tips for Participatingin the Subgroup1. Start by introducing yourself through a discussion. Tell a little about yourprior profession, your interests, and how you’d like to engage with thegroup, i.e. interested in mentoring students, answering questions aboutthe industry in which you worked, helping students find internships, etc.2. Keep up the discussion! When someone posts something interesting orrelevant to you, make sure to comment on it. Respond in a supportiveway and ask questions to keep up the engagement.3. Post interesting articles or links that you think would benefit the group.4. “Connect” with all of the students that are part of the subgroup so thatyou can learn more about them through their profiles and engage withthem through discussions and private messaging.
How to search for peoplewith shared interests.Hover over the icon to the left of the search bar and clickpeople. Then click “Advanced.”
You will come to this screen. You can search only thosemembers of the Bridge group. Using “Keywords” or otherfields you can search for members in a certain industry,with certain hobbies or interests, or in certain areas of thecountry.