3 Tips for How You Can Make the Most of Your LinkedIn Connections

One of the most important skills you can master in your career is effective networking. A savvy networker knows the value of finding mentors and connecting with key decision makers regardless of whether or not they’re actively searching for a new position.

Whether you need a speaker for an event or someone to write you a letter of recommendation, you’ll need business connections throughout your entire career. And these connections can also be helpful when you’re trying to find a new position since finding a new job these days is all about who you know.

There’s no better way to grow your business network then by connecting with others on LinkedIn, so today I want to share three tips for how you can make the most of your LinkedIn connections.

Tip #1: Capitalize on your connections

One of the great things about LinkedIn is that you have the ability to download a spreadsheet of information for all your connections. It includes things like their name, current company, and email address. Having this information gives you the opportunity to reach out to them via email instead of relying on the LinkedIn messaging feature, which they may not check.

Use this information to reach out to people to request informational interviews, find the hiring contact at a company you’re interested in working for or ask someone to grab a quick coffee.

To download the spreadsheet:

  • Log in to your account

  • Click on account

  • Click on settings

  • Select privacy

  • Select download your data

  • Select connections

Tip #2: Search your connections connections

The beauty of LinkedIn is that each time you connect with someone, it opens the door to potentially being able to connect with their connections as well. Look through all their connections and see who you might know, who you would like to meet or who has a job you’re interested in pursuing.

Then use their email address from the spreadsheet you downloaded and ask them for an introduction! The worst that can happen is that they say no, but you’ll never know unless you ask. However, most people are usually more than happy to make an introduction and you never know who you might meet if you’re willing to take the risk of sending an email.

Tip #3: Find new connections in the “Recommended for You” section

Based on your connections, LinkedIn profile information and the groups you’re a part of, LinkedIn will recommend new people for you to connect with. Every time you connect with someone new, remember you have the opportunity to connect with some of their connections, so check this section frequently.

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