Join May Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Connecting with other LinkedIn members, part of LinkedIn for Veterans.
- 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 in to 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 400 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 a 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 made 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.
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 become a LinkedIn member and discover special offers just for veterans at https://veterans.linkedin.com/.
- Explain how to choose the most appropriate profile picture for a LinkedIn profile.
- Recognize three characteristics of an impactful summary.
- Identify the most difficult part of a profile for veterans to complete.
- Recall how to order skills in the skills section of a LinkedIn profile.
- Summarize three functions of a professional network.
- Identify three sections of the LinkedIn mobile app.