Join Justin Seeley for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the "People You May Know" section, part of Up and Running with LinkedIn.
- There's another really interesting feature on LinkedIn that might not be immediately available to you when you first start entering in all of your data, so I thought I'd show you on my personal LinkedIn profile exactly how it works. It's called People You May Know, and the easiest way to access that is from the top up here where you see this little plus sign next to People, and you'll notice that there's a People You May Know section that drops down right here. And in this People You May Know section it'll give you people that they think you might know based on where you've worked, where you work now, or the interests that you've entered into your profile. You can also click on See All.
When you click on See All it's going to take you to this page here, where it gives you a full list of people that it thinks you might know. You can easily connect with these people by clicking the Connect button at the bottom of their profile picture. Once you connect with them, if they accept your connection request, they will then be added to your Connections. Like I said, this is not something that shows up automatically. You have to have some data points in order for LinkedIn to interpret the people that you might know, so adding contacts and colleagues, and uploading your address book is essential to making sure that features like this work.
I have hundreds of contacts on my personal LinkedIn profile page, so it's very easy for LinkedIn to aggregate all of these data points and easily display them for me here as People You May Know. However, on the other profile that we've been working with throughout the course, I only have a few contacts and I didn't upload a full address book, just a few, not very many, so there's not enough data there for them to aggregate anything remotely close to this, but as you start to build your own LinkedIn network you'll start to see information be populated into this People You May Know box. I've made countless connections through this People You May Know section.
This is where I find a lot of people that I otherwise might not have known were even on LinkedIn. Whether it be clients, colleagues or potential employers, I find them all through People You May Know or through the search function on the LinkedIn website.
- 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