Maximizing LinkedIn by Using Groups

In my opinion, the groups feature is the best part of LinkedIn. While having a strong profile and connecting with past colleagues and classmates is important, interacting in groups is where you’ll really take targeted networking to the next level.

Notice I said “interacting.” Groups are there for much more than just a logo on your profile! Many people (myself included when I was first on LinkedIn), join groups and then don’t do anything with them. Think of any in-person organization you’ve been involved with. If you join the American Society of Association Executives but don’t meet anyone new, attend any seminars, or participate in any other way, you probably didn’t get very much out of your membership. However, if you make a point of attending one event per month and reaching out to people listed in the member directory, you likely made back your membership dues and then some! 

The same concept applies to LinkedIn groups, but with two additional bonuses – not only are they free, but you don’t even have to leave your house! Below are some tips to help you get started:

1)      Join groups that are relevant to you and your career: This can include industry associations or informal groups. Chances are there are multiple options regardless of your function or industry. Note that some groups require you to be registered as a paying member of their main association or organization.

2)      Ask and answer questions: Get involved in group discussions by responding to inquiries or asking questions of your own. You’ll gain name recognition, and possibly even start to get recognized as a subject-matter expert. One thing to keep in mind: don’t just post to post. Make sure you have something of value to add.

3)      Further relationships with invites, messages, or even telephone calls: If you’re interested in getting to know someone in a group better (especially if you’ve been involved in the same Q&A in a discussion), try and personally connect.

Take advantage of these groups – especially for someone with limited time, it’s the most efficient way to network!

 

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About Career Coach / Resume Writer for Association Executives

Prior to starting Weeks Career Services, Inc. Charlotte worked in human resources at a national association, where she experienced the hiring process from the other side. She's also the past president of The National Resume Writers' Association (The NRWA). Charlotte specializes in providing C-level executives (CEO, CFO, CMO, etc.), association executives, executive directors and senior-level professionals with comprehensive career coaching services and high-ROI resumes. She is currently writing the book, "I Want a Job in an Association -- Now What?? A Guide to Getting a Job in a Professional Association, Membership Organization, or Society," which will be released 2011. Additional book contributions include "The Twitter Job Search Guide," "Resumes That Pop!," and "Step-by-Step Cover Letters." As an internationally-recognized expert, Charlotte provides programs and documents tailored to each individual’s needs. To ensure that each person is given the highest quality of attention and service, Charlotte works with a limited number of new clients each month. For more information about Charlotte, please visit her Web site at www.WeeksCareerServices.com.
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