Focused on getting a job? What, no LinkedIn network? Relax, that’s not unusual.
StacyZapar, the Most Connected Woman on LinkedIn, says, “Dig the well before you need it.” Fantastic advice, but not many people follow it.
Let’s assume you’re in the “My LinkedIn network bulges with 60, count them, 60, contacts” group. If that’s the case, you probably want to grow your LinkedIn network, and you probably want to grow it fast.
Why? Because the people we know, especially former co-workers, and the people they know, help most job seekers find their next position.
Three Quick Growth Tips
We talked about how to grow a LinkedIn network ASAP on Twitter’s LinkedInChat a couple of weeks ago.
- Emily Birchfield, a Richmond, Virginia HR professional, suggested that you connect with your current professional contacts.
- Katie Germain, an Atlanta resume writer, suggested that you connect with colleagues from previous jobs.
- Jeff Carroll, a social media marketing professional from Bellevue, Washington, suggested that you connect with former classmates.
I love these ideas. They represent the low hanging fruit of LinkedIn connections.
How Do You Find These People?
Make a list of your current and former:
- Who else? Please share in the Comments below.
Find them on LinkedIn, and invite them to connect. That might look like:
“Hi Juan, I’m updating my LinkedIn and would love to connect. Thank you, Donna”
Thank you to Viveka von Rosen, the moderator of LinkedInChat, for inviting me to co-mod the Special Job Search Edition. It was a blast! Thank you to Stacy Zapar, the Most Connected Woman on LinkedIn, for the “dig the well” advice. Thank you to everyone who has added additional methods and insights in the comments below.
Let’s Connect on LinkedIn
Please don’t hesitate to invite me to connect on LinkedIn here. The more I know about my readers, the better I can make my blog.
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