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Up and Running with LinkedIn

Accepting and sending invitations and messages


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Up and Running with LinkedIn

with Richard Colback

Video: Accepting and sending invitations and messages

Having a strong and effective network of connections on LinkedIn requires you to take an active role in building and maintaining it. Your network will grow fastest through adding connections via sending invitation requests and accepting invitations from others. I recommend waiting a short while until your profile is close to complete before focusing on adding connections and leveraging this part of the platform. However, once you have a representative profile in LinkedIn it's time to build your network to include your existing business connections. Using the email address Import tool is the fastest way to doing this. This allows you to quickly see which of the people you already have email addresses for are also registered on LinkedIn.
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  1. 16m 8s
    1. Welcome
      50s
    2. How we recorded this course
      2m 26s
    3. Overview of the updated interface
      26s
    4. Exploring the new home screen and navigation bar
      4m 9s
    5. Exploring the new contacts page
      4m 19s
    6. Using the new search dialog
      3m 58s
  2. 7m 19s
    1. Understanding LinkedIn
      2m 56s
    2. Considering account levels
      1m 44s
    3. Signing up with LinkedIn
      2m 39s
  3. 14m 42s
    1. Exploring the homepage
      2m 29s
    2. Profile: The Highlights and Summary sections
      2m 28s
    3. Profile: Reviewing work experience and education
      2m 30s
    4. Profile: Additional profile information
      1m 16s
    5. Understanding connections
      1m 42s
    6. Understanding groups
      1m 47s
    7. Looking at jobs and companies
      2m 30s
  4. 18m 9s
    1. Building your profile, starting with the highlights
      5m 3s
    2. The Personal Summary section
      1m 26s
    3. Adding your work experience and education
      2m 41s
    4. Joining groups
      2m 45s
    5. Understanding the difference between a public and private profile
      1m 39s
    6. Exploring the Skills and Expertise section
      2m 52s
    7. The Professional Gallery
      1m 43s
  5. 32m 5s
    1. Understanding why connecting is powerful
      4m 18s
    2. Selecting an appropriate networking approach: Open vs. closed
      3m 6s
    3. Reviewing connection settings
      4m 37s
    4. Accepting and sending invitations and messages
      3m 54s
    5. Connecting with people you might know
      1m 24s
    6. Recommending
      4m 1s
    7. Exploring endorsements
      3m 52s
    8. Connecting via groups
      2m 42s
    9. Looking at network statistics
      2m 27s
    10. Alumni groups
      1m 44s
  6. 8m 32s
    1. Finding appropriate groups
      2m 53s
    2. Joining groups and setting options
      3m 18s
    3. Following group etiquette
      2m 21s
  7. 14m 51s
    1. Deciding to start a group
      2m 1s
    2. Comparing public and private groups
      2m 18s
    3. Setting options for your group
      4m 13s
    4. Building your group membership
      2m 34s
    5. Managing your group
      3m 45s
  8. 23m 20s
    1. What to do when looking for jobs on LinkedIn
      2m 13s
    2. The Linkedin Jobs section
      4m 3s
    3. Finding job listings in groups
      2m 29s
    4. Following companies and getting job alerts
      3m 21s
    5. Using keywords in your profile for career development
      3m 43s
    6. Monitoring your network stats to know where to make adjustments
      2m 30s
    7. Using buttons, service provider listings, and paid options
      2m 4s
    8. Alumni groups and veterans listings
      2m 57s
  9. 3m 2s
    1. Engaging through group discussions and news
      3m 2s
  10. 9m 51s
    1. Completing your profile
      3m 30s
    2. Editing your profile to stay relevant
      2m 38s
    3. Managing your settings
      3m 43s
  11. 5m 33s
    1. Android
      3m 12s
    2. iPad
      2m 21s
  12. 1m 12s
    1. Next steps
      1m 12s

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Up and Running with LinkedIn
2h 34m Beginner Jan 30, 2013 Updated Jul 25, 2013

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Join author Richard Colback as he shows you how to get started with the world's largest professional networking site, LinkedIn. The course demonstrates how to build a profile that will get the attention of employers, recruiters, fellow professionals, and potential clients. Richard walks you through creating an account, adding pertinent information such as skills and work experience, making connections and joining groups, accessing LinkedIn from apps, and monitoring your stats to continuously build a better profile. Along the way, learn to grow your personal brand and become a more visible community member by participating in group discussions, asking and answering questions, and engaging in other ways that add to your profile's integrity.

Topics include:
  • Signing up
  • Adding work experience and education to your profile
  • Accepting and sending invitations and messages
  • Finding and joining groups
  • Starting your own group
  • Following companies and getting job alerts
  • Using keywords in your profile for career development
  • Managing LinkedIn settings
Subjects:
Business Online Marketing Social Networks Career Development Social Media Marketing SEO
Software:
LinkedIn
Author:
Richard Colback

Accepting and sending invitations and messages

Having a strong and effective network of connections on LinkedIn requires you to take an active role in building and maintaining it. Your network will grow fastest through adding connections via sending invitation requests and accepting invitations from others. I recommend waiting a short while until your profile is close to complete before focusing on adding connections and leveraging this part of the platform. However, once you have a representative profile in LinkedIn it's time to build your network to include your existing business connections. Using the email address Import tool is the fastest way to doing this. This allows you to quickly see which of the people you already have email addresses for are also registered on LinkedIn.

This can be accessed in two ways. By coming across the Contacts and down to Add Connections or the same link in the top right-hand corner. When we click on this link, we come to this screen says, See Who You Already Know on LinkedIn. With a number of options for common email platforms such as Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo!, Hotmail, and AOL. Once one of these is selected you'll need to enter your email address and Continue to access that address book. You can also click on Any Email which brings up another screen. Here you enter your email plus the email password from a larger number of domains which are listed in a pop-up box.

As long as your email domain is listed here you'll be able to import your contact list. We can also upload contact files by choosing a contact file from email application such as Outlook, Apple Mail, or others. It is restricted in terms of the file format. But once you have these files, you can choose them from your hard drive and upload these files. Finally, you can also invite by individual email by typing email addresses separated by commas. One more way to find people that you may wish to connect to is do a search using people as the filter.

You can enter a company name here such as lynda.com. When you press Enter people who feature that company in their profile will be listed. In Kirk's case he already has a large number of 1st degree connections. So I'm going to filter this further down to 2nd degree connections. These are people he is not yet connected to. You could also filter by company and by location. You've got a list with a number of results shown in the top and a brief summary of each person's profile beneath that. When you find somebody you want to connect to, click on the Connect button.

You'll be offered several options of how do you the person. To each of these selections, you may have a dropdown box such as for Colleague, where you'll need to choose the company. Groups where you'll need to choose common groups unless there is only one, in which case that option will be automatically submitted for you or Other where you'll also need to enter an email address. Always personalize this email so that you explain to other person what do you have in common and why you want to make the connection. Be aware there are very few characters allowed in this section. So be concise.

You will probably only get one sentence above this, but it's worth using that space, and the number of people who will accept your connection is far higher if you give them a reason and common ground. From any screen on LinkedIn you'll see a number of icons at the top. These include an Envelope. If you hover over the Envelope, a dropdown box will open with invitations and messages beneath it. If you hover over an invitation, further buttons will appear. Or by clicking the dropdown button, come in to review the profile before you accept the invitation.

If you choose to ignore an invitation, the person who sent the invitation will not receive a response at all and that invitation will be moved into the archives. Connections are part of your profile that should always be updating as you meet new people and develop new areas of interest. When your profile is complete, you'll be sharing a great deal of information about your unique set of skills, experiences, and knowledge that will let others know how you may be able to help them and vice versa. With this information available for people to read on your profile, they're much more likely to see the value in asking to have you as a connection or accepting your invitation to join their network.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Up and Running with LinkedIn.


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Q: This course was updated on 07/25/2013. What changed?
A: We added four new movies explaining recent changes to the interface of LinkedIn, covering the updated home screen, navigation bar, contacts page, and search dialogue. No functionality has changed, and the instructions in the course remain applicable to the new interface.
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