How to Connect in LinkedIn?
LinkedIn is a place where we connect and converse under a professional umbrella. After creating, connecting is a craft that needs to be learnt and applied. We all love our career to be channelized northwards and not resemble a bumpy stock market graph. So let’s connect on LinkedIn.
Why are you on LinkedIn?
Before making connections in LinkedIn you need to ask yourself why you are here. People are on LinkedIn to build their professional network, to look for new opportunities, to promote their business or to just follow the bandwagon. Once you are clear about the ‘WHY’, only then can you push that ‘WHY’ to ‘HOW’.
Let’s Connect by LinkedIn Search
Whatever the reason for being on LinkedIn, you need to connect with likeminded people to listen and converse. Connecting begins by searching just as kids we use to search for friends and then build true friendship. It’s a process of a lifetime so is LinkedIn where you are making your own band. Start by using the search provided by LinkedIn and try to linkup with your friends and peers. Start smart and small. Don’t be in a hurry. Connect with people, whom you know initially and don’t do random linkup. Randomness can make you a spammer. Small messages and highlighting your reason to connect with people won’t guarantee you any free gifts but best practices are always good to have.
Let’s connect by your existing LinkedIn Network
Minting on your existing network is great. If you have 10 LinkedIn members who have another 10 members, do the math to know how big your network is. So start digging in your friend’s network. Study their profiles and connect with them if you find common grounds. Try to see if they have contact details enabled, if not you can ask for ‘introduction through a connection’ that is connected to them. LinkedIn displays a network graph of ‘how are you connected’ on the side bar, use it. Scroll through the ‘Viewers of this profile also viewed’ widget. LinkedIn pops this list that may help you to connect. Let’s assume that you are connected to a friend who is a Technical Consultant of T24 at Thesys, so in ‘Viewers of this profile also viewed’ you will find profiles who work as T24 and for Thesys.
Let’s connect by LinkedIn groups
Why do you join a group? To find new likeminded people so that you can experience new things. LinkedIn provides you Groups where you can search for a group that you would like to associate with. Join a group, watch the discussion and express your thoughts where you think you can add value. Don’t be in a hurry to join random groups and too many will kill the purpose. Let’s consider that you are a ‘T24 Technical Consultant’ who is interested in building a professional network. So you are likely to connect groups that are for T24 implementers. Once you join, watch the discussion and you might like some discussions. Try to connect with the members who have engaged in the discussion and whom you like. If you have joined a Group with a goal then you are bound to find likeminded people. So get in touch with them and add them to your network.
Let’s connect by LinkedIn suggestions
‘People you may know’, LinkedIn tries to get a list of people whom you may know and are waiting to be a part of your network. Look at the list and make a sensible decision before connecting. LinkedIn also provides you to search for people who may be from the same school/college/work place. So search them and you might get few friends or peers whom you have missed out. You can import contacts from email list and messenger lists and figure out whom you have missed. These features are add-on features provided by LinkedIn to grow your network. Our advice is use them wisely and don’t set targets for growing your network. Humans are humans and not robots so have a reason to connect with them. Do you like to connect to random people in your real life?
Is connecting the end? If you don’t keep in touch with your friends, will they be bothered to recognize you.
Conversing is required after Connecting, isn’t it? For that keep reading us.
So how many people have you connected on LinkedIn. Do you have any other tips to share?