Discover groups you'd like to join and determine how frequently you can contribute.
- [Instructor] In this video, let's take a look at LinkedIn groups. Recently, the LinkedIn groups feature was updated and improved and for this reason I decided to create a new video showcasing these updates. So if the LinkedIn interface looks slightly different in this video, that's the reason why. 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 appear within your news feed 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 who are interested in a specific topic. Maybe they attend or attended the same school or perhaps they're working at a company or an industry that you're interested in. Let's take a look at how we can access these groups. So I'm currently enrolled in about 20 different groups and I can access them right from my home page. On the left navigation bar if I scroll down, you'll notice here that there's a tab for groups.
Inside of here, several of those groups are listed and you'll notice that they're all links so if I click on them, they'll bring me to that group page. Now only three of them are showing up here so I can go ahead and click on show more and then I have the option to click on see all which I'm going to do here and that brings me to my groups page. This includes all of the groups that I belong to and if you scroll down you'll be able to see those groups as well as how many members belong to them. If you're an admin to any of these groups, the group will be badged with owner or manager in this full list.
To find other groups to join you can also use the universal search bar using relevant keywords. So let's say for instance that I wanted to join a group about product design. I can go up to the search bar up here. I'll type in product design and then I'll search for it. Now once I search for it, it's going to bring up some additional options and once I do a search, I'll get some more filters that I can utilize and in this case, I do want to use them. I'm going to click on the drop down menu, find more, and I'll select groups meaning that now it will only show me groups that have the words product design in them.
Here you can see a group titled product design. We have product innovation and design labs and if I scroll down, you'll notice that there's a whole page of them as well as several other pages. So this is a popular topic. Now if you find an existing group that seems right for you, review the purpose of the group and the group rules before requesting a join. You can do that by going to the group and from this page, you'll see here a request to join button but below that, there is information about the group as well as those groups rules, so you'll wanna make sure that it is a group that you qualify for and that you belong in.
Once you request to join the group, group administrators will receive the request and review your qualifications. If you don't meet their criteria, they may deny your access. Also, please note that all group conversations are only visible to approved group members. Now if you can't find a group for the community you're hoping to join, you have the option to create a new group and you can do this by going to your main groups page. So again, I'll just go here to my home page. I'll click on show more and then see all to get to this group page.
You can also do this by going to the dial pad icon in the upper right and selecting groups. This will also bring you to that page. Now notice here in the upper right corner, there's a tab for creating a new group and if I click on that, it brings up a pop up that allows me to start creating the group. Before getting started with creating a new group, I suggest you have considered a few things including a group name, a description, and a few people in your existing network who would be a good fit for the community that you want to build.
Note you'll also be able to access these groups from the LinkedIn mobile app. I recommend using groups as a way to share your insights, ask questions, and build meaningful relationships with like-minded professionals. Be an active participant in these groups. Don't use them to simply spam the people in the group or to promote yourself, but try to make them a win-win relationship in which you contribute to the conversations and are a resourceful member of that community.
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- Sharing updates and articles
- Sending and receiving messages
- Searching for jobs
- Upgrading to LinkedIn Premium
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 10/18/2018. What changed?
A: The following topic was updated: LinkedIn Groups.