A UIC LAS alumna, Faith Korey, shares her tips for connecting with others using LinkedIn.
One of the most effective ways to use LinkedIn as a key job searching tool is to request introductions from your connections to their connections who work in your target companies or industries. The purpose of having LinkedIn connections is not for a “trophy” collection of names but for professional link ups and relationship building.
It’s an easy way to grow your network since it can exponentially expand your circle. Every new contact can be one step closer to achieving your goal of linking to the hiring manager at your desired company.
Make sure to check the weekly LinkedIn email updates to see the new connections of your current contacts. If you see a person of interest, ask for an introduction. An introduction from a mutual connection is a much better way to make the connection than a cold call. Make it easy on your connection to make an introduction by including some information about your background and why you are seeking the introduction. This also allows you to control branding message that is sent to the contact.
Always follow up with a thank you to your connection for going the extra mile to help you.
And because networking is all about being of service, invite your connections to review your contacts since you would be happy to pave the way for an introduction on their behalf.
Using Faith's tips, you can expand your network, gain valuable information and move closer to your targeted position. If you would like more information on networking effectively, check out the networking section or the Webinar recordings on using LinkedIn in the UIAA Virtual Career Center.
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