Got a LinkedIn profile? Check. Updated all the profile sections. Check. Upload that spiffy professional profile picture. Check. Now what? Fear not – follow this brief guide to maximizing success on LinkedIn:
HOW MANY CONNECTIONS SHOULD YOU HAVE?
Being super honest, there isn’t a magic number to strive for that works for everyone. In my opinion LinkedIn isn’t a popularity contest or a numbers game, very different from social platforms like Twitter and Instagram. It’s more about building up relationships with those contacts that you do connect with.
PERSONALIZE YOUR REQUESTS TO CONNECT
You may have noticed LinkedIn gives you the option of a pre-filled message when you send out requests to connect, “I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn.” Try crafting a personalized note within your request, especially with connections you’ve previously bumped into or been introduced to. It acts as a warm reminder of who you are and makes them more likely to connect or respond. Keep it simple and short; don’t mistake this for a cover letter!
GET A HEAD START ON THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS
So, now that you have your profile set up and have connected with a few professionals, it’s time to show them that you’re a real team player, a go getter, their (hopefully) future employee or networking connection. Apart from having a stellar resume and passionate cover letter – recommendations serve as testimonials and character references giving you a boost of legitimacy! Recommendations can possibly come from any person you’ve closely studied or worked with (peer review) or a person of authority such as a boss or a professor.
ALUMNI RELATIONSHIP IS KEY
The best way to build your network is by connecting with people you have common ties with. One way of doing this, especially if you’re a recent grad, is to connect with other alumni. They’re more likely to help out if you have an alma mater in common.
ACTUALLY CONNECT 🔌
Now that you have all the right connections, you’ve got to take the next big step which is moving from online to offline. This means setting up phone calls, coffee meetings, informational interviews and actually putting those connections to use !!
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