LinkedIn allows you to build a powerful professional network. In this video, learn how to request connections on LinkedIn.
- [Instructor] One of the greatest benefits of LinkedIn is how quickly and efficiently you can create a powerful professional network. LinkedIn is different than other social media platforms in that it's meant as a way to connect with people on a more professional level. As a student, you're likely at the beginning stages of creating a professional network, and my recommendation is to get started immediately. Your professional network will likely be a source of job opportunities, feedback, resources and much more throughout your career. It's something that you should continue to build and foster. Now, there are several different ways you can find connections on LinkedIn. In the beginning I recommend building a foundation by connecting with people that you already know. This might be family members, friends, classmates, coworkers, instructors, or anyone else. One way to go about this is to go up to an icon up at the top that says My Network. I'm going to click on this, and this brings you to your network page. Here I can see that Maria doesn't yet have any connections, but that makes sense. We just created the account. Here to the right, you can see that it says Add personal contacts. So you do have the ability to add in the contacts from your email address, and it will send out an invitation to those people and ask if they would like to connect on LinkedIn. So this might be a great way to connect with people that you already know. If I click down here at the bottom on More options, you'll see that I can select Gmail, Yahoo, or my email provider, and then import the contacts in order to reach out to them. Now I'm going to navigate back to Maria's profile. And another way that you can find people on LinkedIn is by using the Search bar. Let's say for instance, that Maria wants to connect right now with someone named Shad Cayden. I'm going to go up to the Search bar and type his name in here. And you can see that brings up his name. Now, if you type in a common name, obviously it might bring up several of them, and then you'll have to look to see which one it is that you want to connect with. In this case there's only one Shad Cayden. And this is his profile. Now, on his profile I can see this blue Connect button. And if I click on it it allows me to send an invitation. So I can click on Send now, or I can add a note. Now, this is a power tip for LinkedIn. I highly, highly suggest that you add a note to your connection request. You'll find that a way higher percentage of people will connect if you add a note letting them know why you want to connect. So I want to click here on Add a note. Then inside of here I'll type in a note. Now, once I have that note done, I'm going to click on Send invitation. So that invitation has been sent to Shad. When he sees it, if he accepts it, we will be first degree connections. Now, once I finish that, I can see other people that LinkedIn suggests that I might want to connect with. LinkedIn does a great job of recommending people that they believe you'd like to connect with based on your experience, what you do, where you went to school, your interests, and more. Now, I want to point out another thing here. I'm going to switch over to another tab. And I'm still inside of Maria's account, but I'm going to try to connect with Jason Hemlock. Now, when I do this I'll click on the blue Connect button. And it says, To verify this member knows you, please enter their email address. So this is a possibility you might see as well. There's also the possibility that there won't even be a connect button here. Now, it's not the point of this video, but I want to point out why that is. Anytime you can go up here to your settings. I'll click on the Me icon up at the top. And then Settings and Privacy. And under Communications, I'll scroll down, and there's one for Invitations to connect. You can choose who you want to connect with. So, do you want everyone on LinkedIn to be able to connect with you? Only people who know your email address or appear in your imported contacts list? Or only people who appear in your imported contacts list? So, I keep mine on everyone on LinkedIn, so that anyone can send a recommendation if they want. I'd love to read over the note and see why they'd like to connect. So I'm going to keep this the same. That's the reason that when we clicked on Jason Hemlock's we had to enter in that email address. Now, one final note that I want to make about building a network is to take some time to consider what your game plan will be. Some people are open connectors, meaning that they'll connect to just about anyone who sends them a request. Other people have a rule about wanting to only connect with people that they're personally close to and know. This really comes down to your preference and what feels right for you. Remember that not only will you reach out to connect with people, but you'll also start receiving invitations to connect with others. You're going to want to decide who it is that you'd like to connect with. Consider what you want your professional network to look like. Think about your goals that you have for using LinkedIn, and decide what feels right in terms of making these connections.
- Creating a LinkedIn profile
- Growing a professional network
- Following companies and influencers
- Sharing updates and content
- Sending and receiving messages
- Searching for jobs
- Upgrading to LinkedIn Premium
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 10/18/2018. What changed?
A: The following topic was updated: LinkedIn Groups.