How to Quickly and Easily Grow your LinkedIn Network
LinkedIn is a fantastic media and networking platform, topping the charts as the number one go-to site for networking and job searching. Growing your network should be your top priority on LinkedIn, because what good is your account without your network of friends and career professionals?! But how can you easily reach that 500 connections mark and grow your network? Though reaching 500 connections is quite a milestone, there are a few things you need to keep in mind when growing your LinkedIn network. Brought to you by The Daily Egg here are 3 tips on how to quickly and easily grow your LinkedIn network.
1. Create Meaningful Connections with Professionals in your Field
It’s important to have a networking goal when connecting on LinkedIn. Every person's LinkedIn goal may be different; however, make sure that when you do make connections, the connections are meaningful and are related to something you are interested in or are professionals in your field. Though it may seem easy to connect with every individual you come across on LinkedIn, make sure the user is active and engaged on LinkedIn. For example, you may come across a person who has not updated their account in a couple of years and has not commented or liked a post in months. Steer clear of these people as they are not meaningful connections. Look for active users and for people who post frequently.
2. Join a LinkedIn Group
One effective tool that you can use to grow your LinkedIn network is to join a LinkedIn group. I have not heard of LinkedIn groups until recently but have found them very beneficial in growing my network and making meaningful connections. According to LinkedIn’s website, LinkedIn groups “provide a place for professionals in the same industry or with similar interests to share their insights and experiences, ask for guidance, and build valuable connections.” To search for LinkedIn groups, go to your profile and tap on the word groups on the left side of your profile screen. Once in, you can search for LinkedIn groups connected with your interested profession by using filters.
3. Start Conversations
Starting conversations might be the hardest part of networking and getting over that 500 connections mark. Start a conversation in your LinkedIn group and be engaged with the people in that group. Be personable and have meaningful conversations. There’s no point in building your network if you don’t engage with your connections. You may feel as though you are bothering people by starting a conversation, but this is not the case. I personally love reading through my LinkedIn conversations and meeting my connections. By starting a conversation, you and your connection can get to know one another, which will, in turn, lead to more networking and connections.