Join Justin Seeley for an in-depth discussion in this video Finding contacts and adding them to your network, part of Up and Running with LinkedIn.
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- Now that we've got our profile all filled out, it's time to start adding connections to our LinkedIn profile. In this movie, I'll show you how to use the LinkedIn search feature so that you can easily find your colleagues and coworkers. First thing we wanna do is go up here to the search bar at the top, where I can search for people, jobs, companies and a whole lot more, it says. In this case, what I'm going to do, is I'm just gonna type out the name of my coworker that I'm looking for. So, in this case, I'm gonna type out Jerry Zedmore and you'll see that Jerry is one of the first people that pops up. If you want to click on that person, all you have to do is click on them and it will take you to their profile.
I can see instantly that Jerry is using the same Two Trees Creative banner that I am, so this is probably the Jerry that I'm looking for. Jerry does not have his photo on his public profile, but that's OK. I can pretty much garner from the rest of his profile that this is the Jerry that I am indeed looking for. If I'm ready to add this person as a connection, all I have to do is go right here to this little blue drop down and hit connect. It may take you to a box that looks like this, where you'll be asked how do you know Jerry? In this case, Jerry is a colleague of mine. We work together at Two Trees Creative.
So, I'll set that up. At the bottom here, it says include a personal note and here's something that I'm going to request of you each and every time you do this. Do not send the same static message every time. I highly recommend customizing this, especially if you're reaching out to people that you may have known a long time ago or haven't worked with in quite a while. That way, they know who you are, how you found them and why they might want to add you as a connection on LinkedIn. So, in this case, I'll type out something like, "Hi Jerry. "Just thought I'd add you to my network "here on LinkedIn." Since I currently work with Jerry right now, I might type in something a little bit more personal.
So, I might type in, "See you at the company picnic on Saturday. "Thanks, Kramer." Then, I'll hit Send Invitation. What happens now is that Jerry will actually get this invitation and he will have the ability to either accept, decline or write me back a message to sort of start a conversation. In any case, once you've sent off your connection request, your hands are tied. There's nothing else you can do but sit back and wait.
As we continue to add connections through various ways on LinkedIn, hopefully some of our connections will accept our invitation and we can see that pop-up in the LinkedIn interface.
- 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