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Up and Running with LinkedIn

Exploring the new contacts page


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Up and Running with LinkedIn

with Richard Colback

Video: Exploring the new contacts page

LinkedIn has recently updated your connections. And your connections and contacts have now been moved under a new link called Network. If we come down and click on the Contacts link, you'll see that Antonio has been invited to upgrade to the new system. Antonio's email domain is not recognized, and so it can't import the email addresses directly from that server. However, it has offered him the option to import and sync several other accounts including his Google, Yahoo, Outlook, iPhone, CardMunch, Evernote, TripIt, and Contact files. You can select which one of these you wish to sync and go through the process to import the information into 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

Exploring the new contacts page

LinkedIn has recently updated your connections. And your connections and contacts have now been moved under a new link called Network. If we come down and click on the Contacts link, you'll see that Antonio has been invited to upgrade to the new system. Antonio's email domain is not recognized, and so it can't import the email addresses directly from that server. However, it has offered him the option to import and sync several other accounts including his Google, Yahoo, Outlook, iPhone, CardMunch, Evernote, TripIt, and Contact files. You can select which one of these you wish to sync and go through the process to import the information into LinkedIn.

Once you've done this, the new contacts home screen can now display combined information including contacts from a wide range of contact and calendar databases and can present these based on activity or other sort criteria. For instance in this case, we're sorting by recent conversation. These are the people that Antonio has been in contact with most recently. However, we could also sort by Newly added, Alphabetical, Company, Location or people that Antonio has not been in touch with for some time.

If you've integrated your calendar and have upcoming meetings, these will be show in the Your Day section. You'll also receive messages in this section to alert you of contacts who have birthdays, have job changes or other activity that's relevant to you on that particular day. The combination of contacts and connections is shown in the Contacts section. Connections are simply those that you have on LinkedIn itself. For each of your connections, you can take several other actions now. You can tag them, send messages via LinkedIn using the internal system or via email if you connect to an account. You can also hide contacts to create a more focused list. And these contacts will now be moved to the hidden section. Or you can directly remove connections to break the link between your profile and theirs.

On the right-hand side, you can see the icon. This indicates that you've already have a LinkedIn connection with the person. As you add other accounts, additional icons will show up here, such as Gmail, Hotmail or CardMunch. Once you've add the tags, you can then sort, according to these. For instance, if you have a group or connection to the person, you can add that as a tag or you could tag according to industry or specific functional area. You can quickly sort according to companies, titles, or locations. Locations will bring up a map and you can zoom in on this to identify how many connections you have in a specific area or select from the list below. By clicking on these links, your short list of people who are in that specific area.

As you add a number of different accounts, you may get a number of contacts that are described differently in the different databases. Potential Merges allows you identify which of these are the same person and merge them into one record on LinkedIn itself. The way you organize your contacts and how you tag them is private and cannot be seen by anyone but you. This allows you to create groups and rapidly access subsets of your contents. However, additional work will be needed to set these up effectively, especially in the case of adding tags to your contacts. However, this allows for detailed management and communication of your contacts from one screen.

You can adjust and manage the contact databases you include on LinkedIn, via the Contact settings screen. You can access this by clicking on the icon in the top right-hand corner of your contact screen. In order to keep your account as up to date as possible, you should regularly sync your different accounts and import your offline contact databases. Importing contacts from a range of different sources creates a centralized directory, and can be used quite effectively as a simple customer relationship management system, for smaller scale users. The key to networking and building a strong group of contacts is to be engaged with them in a meaningful way. As not all of your business contacts will be on LinkedIn itself. This new integration provides you a way to enter a professional environment and focus your communication to your contacts, regardless of how you entered their contact details and which platform you typically use to communicate with them.

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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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