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Getting Connected On LinkedIn

June 11, 2013 By admin | Write Comment you new at LinkedIn? Getting connected on LinkedIn is a huge part of the LinkedIn experience.  There are different ways to do it, and you will get a variety of results.  There’s a lot to cover here, so this topic will stretch into more than one day.  I don’t want to bore you to death or bog you down in a ton of details.  Baby steps, grasshopper (lame reference to 70’s tv show).

First, I think I should point out that my LinkedIn experiences are all centered around working with a Windows computer.  While LinkedIn does work on both Windows and Apple products, the Apple version of LinkedIn appears to be quite different than the Windows version.  But don’t worry – I have an ipad too, and I will be writing on my ipad experiences with LinkedIn in future blogs.

The tried and true method to connect with people on LinkedIn is to search for people who you already know through the LinkedIn search feature.  This is located on the top center portion of the LinkedIn home page.  You can search for people, or companies (yes, companies have LinkedIn pages too) or groups (we’ll get into those later).  If you find someone, you send them an “invitation” (sounds like you’re inviting them to a party, which you could do, by the way…).  When they receive your “invitation, they have the option for accepting or declining.  If they accept, Viola!  You’re connected …. with one person.  Now depending on how popular you are, you can continue thinking of people and sending them invitations.  Don’t get all depressed if some people don’t accept or even respond – there could be lots of reasons, such as they don’t check their LinkedIn page very often and didn’t see your invitation, or they can’t figure out how to accept an invitation, or maybe they would just rather speak to you in person. Now depending on how many people you know and how much time you have, this can take anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks. Such is the price of popularity.

Now you may search for someone you would like to get connected to, but you don’t personally know them – Like Bill Gates, or Barak Obama, or Elvis (just checking to see if you’re paying attention).  Now LinkedIn does give its members some level of privacy.  LinkedIn may ask you how you know this person – friend, classmate, colleague; you’ve done business together, something of that nature.  If any of these are true, chances are that you know their email address – a key ingredient for connecting to some people and LinkedIn may ask you to fill that in.  If you don’t know their email address, LinkedIn may not allow you to send the invitation.  I know – bummer.  But there are ways around that too.  We’ll get into that more on my next blog.

Another quick note:  By now you are getting a feel for some of the LinkedIn screens.  If you need a break from connecting to people, try just clicking around some of the other places on the LinkedIn website.  There are lots of things to discover, and it’s pretty hard to break anything.  So go explore a bit, and stay tuned for my next entry.

Michael Paulson

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CareerToolbox international, LLC

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