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 those ideas. They represent the low hanging fruit of LinkedIn connections.
How Do You Find Those 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”
Fast forward nine years from the original post. Click out this huge compendium of network growth ideas I crowdsourced from my LinkedIn network!
When you grow your network quickly, you might end up with a few people who aren’t a good fit for you. Don’t worry, it’s easy to delete, hide, or block a LinkedIn connection if that happens to you.
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! More thanks to Stacy Zapar, the Most Connected Woman on LinkedIn, for the “dig the well” advice. And 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: Donna Svei, Executive Resume Writer.
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Donna Svei, an executive resume writer and former C-level executive, retained search consultant, and CPA, writes all of AvidCareerist’s posts. She has written for and been quoted by leading business, general, and career media outlets, including Forbes, Mashable, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, Lifehacker, Ask.com, Social Media Today, IT World, SmartBrief, Payscale, Business News Daily, and the Muse. Let her background and experience inform your job search strategy and decision making.