Grow your LinkedIn network in 4 ways

According to the book, “Job Searching with Social Media For Dummies” the magic number of LinkedIn connections a person should have is 143.  The author says that 143 connections will ensure that you to have enough second and third degree connections, so you can have links in the companies you would like to work for.  Our friendly neighborhood salespeeps also know that LinkedIn is a great place to build up those leads.

For those of you wanting to build up your linkedin network, here are 4 tips that will give you quick results and have you well-connected in no time:

  1. First: Import your email addresses from your webmail account (Gmail, Hotmail), and invite your contacts to connect with you on LinkedIn. If you don’t use a webmail client or you also use a desktop e-mail client with another mail address,  click on Import your desktop email contacts (under ‘Contacts’, ‘Add Connections’ and upload the  .csv, .txt, or .vcf. file to LinkedIn.
  2. Hook up with your school classmates! On the “Add connections” page, click on “Classmates”. You’ll be able to select your school and browse the other LinkedIn users that have indicated they went to your school.  You’ll be able to search under graduation year, degree and field of study to help you narrow down your list.
  3. Work Colleagues can be found through the ‘Colleagues’ tab as it allows you to find people who have worked at the organizations you have listed in your profile’s Experience section. People come and go between employers regularly so this is a good way to ensure you don’t lose touch.
  4. Finally,  the ‘People you may know’ tab suggests contacts based on your individual profile and the people you follow.

That’s it for now, if you’re looking for me on LinkedIn, you can find me here:

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