The 5 Best Tips to Get Found and Grow Your LinkedIn Network Quickly

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Your LinkedIn Profile is your presence on LinkedIn. You can’t do anything in LinkedIn until your Profile is up. It’s like your resume and more. When someone looks at your Profile, they’ll decide whether to connect with you or hire you.

These are 5 Insider Secrets that will show you how to make your Profile compelling and surely you’re found when people search for clients, top talent for jobs, and people to connect and network with in LinkedIn.

1. When your LinkedIn Profile is complete, it’s searchable by the search engines – almost like your own Web page. Look at other peoples’ Profiles before you create yours. There are good examples to look at to get ideas for what to include in your Profile. Check out several in your industry or area and some that are outside your area. Complete your LinkedIn Profile as soon as possible, even if it’s not perfect. Your LinkedIn Profile is dynamic and you’ll be making changes as you find a job, work with more clients, and see how other people write their Profiles.

As you can see from the screenshot above, out of 68,100 results for my name, the first two that pop up on Google are from LinkedIn.

2. Get Recommendations as soon as your Profile is finished. Offer to write a Recommendation for people you know and have worked with. Ask people who know you to write a Recommendation for you. Perhaps people from the company where you work, or clients, if you have your own business. Recommendations are like testimonials about you and can include how you’ve worked together, results you’ve achieved, and why someone likes working with you.

 

3. Make a list of your goals and what you want to get from being part of LinkedIn.

There’s a summary section of your Profile where you list why you’re a part of LinkedIn and what you want to get from it. For example, new clients, a new job, let people know about your business or special events, etc. They may change as your goals change.

4. Make it a habit to use LinkedIn before you travel. Search for people in the city you’re traveling to, connect with them via LinkedIn. Send them a link to your Profile and tell them you’re in LinkedIn and want to meet with them when you’re in their city. Solid networks are being built in person through LinkedIn.

5. HOT TIP: Include the link to your LinkedIn Profile in your e-mail signature, so people can click right through to see it.

This has paid off for me in many ways. For example, I sent out an email with a link to my LinkedIn Profile in the signature line and someone contacted me and said that my email prompted him to look at my LinkedIn Profile and my Web site, and he wanted to connect with me.

And here’s extra tip for you because I believe in Lagniappe – a New Orleans custom that means “a little bit extra”. And I’ve adopted it and made it a part of my business practice.

6. Invite people to be part of your LinkedIn network regularly.

It’s very easy to extend an invitation – there’s an email that LinkedIn has already created which invites someone to be a part of your network. They can view your Profile on LinkedIn.

My recommendation is to personalize your Invitation rather than using the bland one that was written by LinkedIn. Make it personal and friendly, and say more about why you want to connect,who you are, and what you’re looking for in LinkedIn.

  • What are your recommendations?

  • What in your practice in LinkedIn has helped you the most to expand your network and to get your Profile found?

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About the Author:

Vladimir is Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Kaaso – The World’s Premier Buy and Sell Services and Products Online Marketplace. If you need a job done, go to Kaaso’s marketplace.

August 23, 2015