Join Justin Seeley for an in-depth discussion in this video Finding groups to join, part of Up and Running with LinkedIn.
- Finding a group to join on LinkedIn is actually pretty straightforward. All you have to do is go up to the Interest tab at the top of the user interface and choose Groups. Once you have reached this groups tab, LinkedIn is going to show you some recommended groups down at the bottom. These are based off of the information that you've entered into your LinkedIn profile as well as the current people you're connected to and the groups they might be a part of. So, for instance, my profile has a lot to do with web design, so you see things like a web design group, Web Design and Development, Adobe Illustrator, HTML/CSS, Web Professionals; that kind of thing.
All of these things correspond to different keywords or things that have been put into my personal profile. I can join a group very easily by clicking the plus sign that says Join Group. Once I join a group, it then becomes part of my LinkedIn ecosystem. I'll start seeing updates to that group in my news feed, and I'm able to visit that group page and participate in their conversations. Occasionally, you'll run across a group that requires you to be given access to it first. That's okay, just simply ask to be a part of the group. Once someone has vetted you, or determined that you're okay to be in the group, they'll allow you in.
Then, you can go in and start making meaningful conversations. Join as many groups as you like. The more groups you join, the better off you're going to be because those are just more and more people, and more and more conversations that you can have. If you're unable to find a group from this screen right here, all you have to do is go up to the top and you can actually start to find groups in other ways. So, for instance, I can go up to the top here, and I can click on Groups, and then I can search. Let's say I'm looking for Photoshop groups. I can say Groups about Photoshop.
That's going to return several different groups that I have the ability to join. So, things like the Adobe Photoshop group. You'll notice this has a little lock icon next to it indicating it's a closed group and I will need access to it first. I can continue scrolling through, and if I find a group that I'm interested in, like the Adobe Photoshop user group, I can click View and that will take me to that group's page. Once I'm on the group's page, I'll see information about the group, and then I can click Join up here at that top-right corner. Once I click Join, that's going to then add me to that group.
It tells you that the Adobe Photoshop User Group is now an open group, and so that means this group was once closed, but now it's open to pretty much anyone that wants to participate. Once you say Ok, you can continue. Now you're ready to start participating in that group. Again, to perform a group search, just go up to the top, select Groups, and then type in the type of group you're looking for. So, in this case, let's type out Web Design. This is gonna return lots of different results, I have a feeling, and as I scroll through here, I can see something that interests me: responsive web design.
So, I can go here and I can hit View, or I can continue to scroll until I find one that I want to join. Let's click next down here at the bottom. I'm just scrolling through to see the different groups. For instance, Future Of Web Design. This is an interesting conference that I've attended in the past. Let's click View here, and then I can click Join up here at the top. Once I click Join, I'm now a part of that group. As I go back to the home tab, I should start seeing different parts and pieces of group conversations show up in my news feed based on the different things that are being said in those groups.
I recommend that you join as many groups as you want; as many as possible really, because those are just more conversations and more people that you can then connect with on LinkedIn.
- What makes a LinkedIn profile stand out?
- Adding work experience and education to your profile
- Finding and adding contacts
- Sending messages
- Sharing status updates and content from the web
- Asking for, and providing, recommendations
- Interacting with companies
- Finding a job on LinkedIn
- Starting and growing a group
- Managing your account