08
Apr
09

LinkedIn-Networking through groups

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One of the nice features of LinkedIn is that it allows you to join groups online.  The groups are formed around various interest groups, alumni associations, companies, etc.  Our local Chamber of Commerce, is using LinkedIn groups for a couple of their groups.

These groups allow for interaction for the group’s members through a couple different formats:

  1. You can view what other LinkedIn members are part of that group.  This gives you a source of common interest that you can begin networking with other professionals about.  You’re part of the same group, so you know you have at least some common interest in that area.  It’s a conversation starter, at the least.
  2. News:  You can post web addresses of article that you’d like for the group to review, discuss, and debate.
  3. Jobs: You can either post a job to the group’s site or look for a job.  If a connection has posted a job you might be interested in, guess what, you have a possible connection to the person or company hiring for that job.  Congratulations and welcome to networking!

The groups can be one of the more interactive pieces of LinkedIn can create real value for you and your company.  Check it out.

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