If you're wondering how to connect with large groups of people, based on similar interests or professional communities, LinkedIn groups is your answer. In this video Greg shows you how to identify relevant groups, the importance of joiniing groups and how can become a part of one. Learn all about LinkedIn Groups in this tutorial.
- One one of the most popular ways that service members and veterans on LinkedIn can 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 focused 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.
To find groups you want to join, simply select Groups from the drop-down list on the left of your search bar. Type in your keywords or group name to search. On the search results page, you can refine your search by using the filters on the left. For example, type in veteran mentor network into the search bar. Then click Join to request to join the group. 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. You can also move your cursor over the Interest tab on the top of your Home page and select Groups. Click Discover at the top of the page to view suggested groups. Request membership by clicking the Ask to Join button under the group description. Now here are the four main benefits of joining groups. You can ask questions. Say you're looking to start a career in operations 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 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 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 join LinkedIn and get special offers just for veterans at https://veterans.linkedin.com/.
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