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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.
Once you've entered your information in the work EXPERIENCE and EDUCATION sections of your profile, this information will be reviewed by LinkedIn to find people who share a similar background and might be appropriate connections for you to add. As your network grows LinkedIn will also look for the people who share a large number of contacts with you and will also recommend these as People You May Know. The People You May Know are shown on right-hand side of your home screen. Three summaries are given at the top and if you hit the X, the summary will be replaced with another one at the bottom. You can also select to See More.
This brings up a screen with people you may know from different parts of your professional life including companies you've worked at or universities you've attended. If we come down to the list of profiles that are recommended as People You May Know, you could hover over the person's name to reveal a link through their profile where you can select to connect or if you have access to InMail, send a message to the person. I suggest reviewing profiles in detail before inviting new connections to ensure they will fit in within your network and your LinkedIn strategy.
You could do this by filtering the recommendations based on specific companies such as lynda.com and then reviewing how many shared connections you have to see how close they are to your existing network. You can also send a connection request directly from this screen. The more people you add to your network, the more accurate recommendations should become and the easier it will be for you to grow your network efficiently using this feature.
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