LinkedIn Groups allow like-minded professionals to connect and share feedback, resources, and advice. In this video, learn about how to find and request to join LinkedIn groups.
- [Instructor] LinkedIn groups are trusted communities where professionals with shared interests can ask questions, share insights, and build meaningful connections. Once you're in some groups, those group conversations will then appear within your newsfeed where you can see and participate in them. It's also another great way for LinkedIn to customize your feed and make your account more relevant to your interests. As a student, groups are a great way to network with other professionals interested in a specific topic. Maybe they're in the same industry, attend or attended the same schools, or perhaps are working at a company that you're interested in. Let's take a look at how we can access these groups. I'm currently inside of my account and on the left-hand side, if I scroll down, you'll see that I have access to my groups. And it's showing 21st Century Education, 21st Century Schools. I can click on Show More and see more of those. Now another place that I can access this is by going up to My Network, and when I click here, on the left-hand side, you'll notice a section for groups. If I click on this, it brings me to My Groups page. This will show me all of the groups that I belong to. Can scroll down here and see those groups. Let's take a look at how you can find new groups. I'm going to switch over to Maria's account and here we'll see how Maria can join a group. First of all, you can use the search bar up at the top to locate groups. What I'm going to do is type in a topic. Let's say "web design." I'll hit Enter. And then I'm going to use these filters. I'll click on More and Groups. Now this will show me any groups that have web design in them or are related to web design. And as you can see, there are a ton of them on LinkedIn. Now if I click on one of these, it will bring me inside of that group where it will show me information about it. It'll also show the group rules, and I can decide if this is a good fit for me. If it is, I'll click on Request to join. Once you request to join the group, group administrators will receive the request and review your qualification. If you don't meet their criteria, they may deny your access. Also, please note that all group conversation are only visible to approved group members. Now if you can't find a group for a community that you're hoping to join, you have the option to create a new group. I'm going to go up here to My Network and on the left, I'm going to click on Groups. Now inside of here, you can see that right now Maria isn't in any groups. She can go down here and discover, which is simply going to be a search engine for the groups. But if I go back, you'll notice in the upper-right corner there is an option to create a new group. So, if there is a topic and you don't see a group that you would like to join on it, maybe you're interested in creating a new group. So, I recommend using groups as a way to share your insights, ask questions, and build meaningful relationships with like-minded professionals. Be an active participants in these groups. Don't use them to simply spam people in the group or to promote yourself, but try to make it a win-win relationship in which you contribute to the conversation as a resourceful member of that community.
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Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 10/18/2018. What changed?
A: The following topic was updated: LinkedIn Groups.