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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.
There are currently over 1.5 million Groups on LinkedIn ranging from professional and functional to those connecting alumni of schools and people with the same sports or recreational interests. Groups provide a place on LinkedIn where people can connect with others, share information or ask questions as well as talk about events or jobs. In most cases they also provide an excellent way to learn about an industry or topic by reading through the areas that the experts within the group are most focused on. To get to groups, click on the Groups button. This will take you through to the groups you are member of already.
This is an overview with links to several key features within the groups you have joined. The icon links through to the Group itself, the pad lock indicates whether the group is open or closed. Another link through to the group page and some statistics, as well as links through to how many discussions have taken place and how many jobs may have been posted. If you haven't been approved membership to the group, a message will show up saying, Your membership is pending approval. You can send a message to the moderators of the group to ask them to review your application or you can withdraw your request.
Also under the Groups button are Groups You May Like, which are recommendations of other groups that LinkedIn believes you may have an interest in based on your existing Group membership as well as your career history and interests shown in your profile. There is a Groups Directory which can be searched by keywords as well as a number of filters, and the option to Create a Group, which you may wish to do later on. I recommend initially joining up to two or three groups to get a feel for how groups operate. You should spend time to read the discussions and understand better how these groups operate before contributing your own content.
The members of groups and conversations that take place within these groups are an essential part of the LinkedIn system, and they provide a great deal of opportunity for you to broaden your network and both deliver to and gain value from other people on the platform.
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