165: 12 Best Strategies for Networking on LinkedIn
Twelve Best Strategies for Networking on LinkedIn
Let me start by saying that LinkedIn is your single best job search resource. Today, I want to drill down on 12 specific ways to network using LinkedIn.
- When you ask someone to connect with you, keep it simple. Comment on something you have in common, someone you have in common, or something you admire about them.
- Thank each person who connects with you – regardless of who initiated the connection.
- Once they have connected with you, start with a couple of simple, easy-to-answer questions – about their experience, education/credentials, their employer.
- If they are responsive, suggest a move to a 30-minute Zoom call.
- Make the first 20 minutes of the Zoom call about them, then when it’s your turn make a specific ask.
- Follow up with a thank you and a subtle reminder of whatever you asked of them.
- Once you’ve connected with someone, you can see everyone they are connected to. Don’t hesitate to ask for introductions.
- Join groups that will put you in proximity to decision-makers at the companies you want to work for.
- Be active – post, respond, ask questions.
- Pursue 1:1 meetings based on people who interact with you in the group.
PROFILE & CONTENT
- Make sure your profile is welcoming, professional, and designed to elicit an interview – I strongly recommend a professional LI profile writer.
- Consider original content, especially if you are at the higher levels in your profession and/or are considered a SME.
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