In this movie, US Veteran Greg Call will show you how to add connections on LInkedIn and grow your professional network. He'll explain the difference between first, second and third degree connections and how to send invitations via InMail. Start growing your professional network with the help of LinkedIn.
- Now that you've built your profile, let's begin phase two of our mission and start talking about building your professional network on Linkedin. Since joining the military, you've likely gone through a variety of different trainings and checked into different units. With each tour of duty you connect with other service members and expanded your network in the military. This network provided support and mentorship and facilitated communication. Professional networks operate the same way. They have the added benefit of connecting you to job opportunities. With more than four hundred million members of which two million are U.S. veterans and military members, Linkedin is the world's largest professional network.
And now that you have Linkedin profile, you can start to connect with other professionals and build meaningful relationships that will positively impact your future. On LInkedin people in your network are called connections. Your network is make up of your first, second and third degree connections. As well as fellow members of Linkedin groups. We'll come back and talk about groups in a bit. People you're directly connected to because you've accepted their invitation to connect or they've accepted your invitation are your first-degree connections. A first-degree icon will appear next to their name in search results and on their profile.
You can contact them by sending a message on Linkedin. People who are connected to your first-degree connections but not you, are second-degree connections. You can send them an invitation by clicking connect. People who are connected to your second degree connections and not you, are your third-degree connections. Not sure where to begin? Start by reaching out to Linkedin's veteran and military community. If you are in a transition class, just connect to the person next to you. Here's how. In the global navigation bar type the person's name you want to find and connect with.
You can refine your search by including the word "veteran". Once you're on their profile, click on the blue connect button and select how you know the member. As you find more people you want to connect with you have the option to add a short note to your invitation to personalize your request. Briefly explain how you know them and why you'd like to add them to your network. If the person isn't within your network, you can send the send inmail link to contact them. You'll need to have a premium account in order to send inmail.
As part of our commitment to help veterans connect with available jobs, Linkedin offers you, as a U.S. veteran, a free one-year premium account. We'll show you how to sign up for that later in this course. Now I'm sure that we all know at least five other Linkedin members. Take some time right now to begin developing your professional network by connecting with five other professionals on Linkedin.
Find out how to join LinkedIn and get special offers just for veterans at https://veterans.linkedin.com/.
- Drawing attention to your LinkedIn profile
- Writing a compelling summary
- Adding your skills, experience, and education
- Growing your LinkedIn network
- Finding open job opportunities
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