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Up and Running with LinkedIn

Joining groups and setting options


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Up and Running with LinkedIn

with Richard Colback

Video: Joining groups and setting options

In order to be most effective in using your time and presence in LinkedIn groups, you will need to adjust your settings and participation in specific groups as your business and personal interests change. For instance, if you're looking for customers in a new industry, you may wish to change your membership and visibility to highlight the groups that focus on this area. In order to receive the most useful information from your groups, you can also change the frequency and type of messages you receive from each of them. Your initial group settings were selected when you signed up for the group. However, you can come back to the same settings screen by coming across to Groups, down to Your Groups, and selecting the individual group that you wish to change the settings for.
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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

Joining groups and setting options

In order to be most effective in using your time and presence in LinkedIn groups, you will need to adjust your settings and participation in specific groups as your business and personal interests change. For instance, if you're looking for customers in a new industry, you may wish to change your membership and visibility to highlight the groups that focus on this area. In order to receive the most useful information from your groups, you can also change the frequency and type of messages you receive from each of them. Your initial group settings were selected when you signed up for the group. However, you can come back to the same settings screen by coming across to Groups, down to Your Groups, and selecting the individual group that you wish to change the settings for.

You can do this by coming either to the icon or across to the link. This will bring you into the Group screen. If we come across to More and down to your Settings, this is the original screen you would have seen when you signed up for the group with the same options for Group Settings. You can choose to display or hide the logo on your profile. You may wish to display the logo if it's an industry you want to be prominent in your profile, or hide it if it's one that you're researching. You can select your email addresses including adding new email addresses that may not be on your new profile at present.

The next four settings relate to how much information you receive; a new email for each new discussion, in active groups this can be hundreds a day, the digest of all activity for the group, on a weekly or daily basis, allowing the group manager to send you an email, and allowing other members of the group to send you messages via LinkedIn. I recommend allowing the group manager to send you email and allowing members of the group send you messages at a very minimum as the number of emails you receive will be very few and the value most likely quite high. To get to general settings for all of your groups, come down across to the Account Settings link and click on this.

Before you do this, remember to save any changes if you've made them above. You can save the changes by clicking on the Save Changes button below the Settings box. When you click on the link, you maybe asked to sign in again. If not, this is the screen you'll see. Updates you'll see on your homepage. In order to get to the group settings here, I am going to have to scroll down a bit. There are two group settings; groups your connections have joined or created and discussions from groups. You can also select how many updates to have on the homepage. In a very large network, I suggest unticking this box, otherwise you will be receiving a lot of updates on a daily basis as well as this one.

However, when you start out, and you're only a member of a couple of groups, these kind of prompts can be quite useful. Again, save changes. As you can see we've come back to the Settings screen. Other group settings can be found by clicking on the link here, where you can Select your group display order, View your groups, once again, Set the frequency of group digest emails and Turn on/off group invitations. We came to the Settings screen through an individual group. However, you can also reach the Settings screen at anytime; for instance, from the home screen, by coming across to your name, and down to Settings, and once again, selecting groups, or the account for updates.

Your settings are private, and cannot be seen by other members of the group or the group manager. Groups are great source of information for you and provide one of the best ways to connect with new people outside your current network. I recommend that in an active account, you join up to 20 groups. You don't have to display all the logos on your account, but ensure that you participate and manage these group settings over time to keep them relevant to your goal.

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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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