Join May Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video How and why to join groups, part of LinkedIn for Veterans.
- One of the most popular ways that service members and veterans on LinkedIn grow their professional network is to join LinkedIn groups. LinkedIn has more than two million active groups where members can search for and join a community of like-minded professionals who are in the same industry or share similar interests. The more than 1,000 military and veteran focus groups are some of the most active on LinkedIn. Each branch of the military has their own group, and there is also a veteran mentor network group that can connect you to potential mentors. You can think of these groups as online units or squads with a common mission for the group members.
- [Narrator] To find groups you want to join, click the main navigation bar, select the magnifying glass to expand your view, and then choose Groups. Type in your keywords or group name to search, such as project manger, to find groups that may be relevant to you. One group we recommend is the veteran-mentor network. Click Ask to join to request membership. The group administrator will review your request and grant you access.
Through that simple process, you can now interact with more than 100,000 members of this group. Now, here are the four main benefits of joining groups. You can ask questions. Say you're looking to start a career in project management. You can post a question and ask group members for their guidance. You can view job opportunities. You can read relevant content, and post on discussion threads.
You can also network with other members and communicate with group members by sending private messages. Let's say you want to send a message to a member in the Veteran Mentor Network. You can type the name of the person you want to contact and you'll see their name. And if you bring your cursor to the right, you'll see an envelope. Click on the envelope, your inbox will appear, write your message, and click Send. Don't forget, your fellow group members can help you get ready for an interview, find a job, or connect you to the right people.
- So, let's start taking advantage of the benefits of LinkedIn groups. Research at least two groups you want to join and request to join them now. And once you've joined a group, be active. That means explore the most recent and popular conversations, reply to a discussion, or start your own.
Find out how to become a LinkedIn member and discover special offers just for veterans at https://veterans.linkedin.com/.
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