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TIN #052 - Your LinkedIn Goldmine: Top Tips and Tricks Unveiled! 💼💎
Three Things I Learned On LinkedIn To Make You A Better Networker
Hi, Greg here!
Welcome back to The Introverted Networker Newsletter
This is the 52nd issue, so next week this newsletter celebrates its first anniversary.
Thanks to all my readers who show up every week.
In this issue, I'm excited to share a few incredible tips and tricks I found on LinkedIn.
This issue takes about 3 minutes to read.
I spend more time on LinkedIn than most people.
Every week day at 6AM, I publish a new post and respond to comments while I'm commenting on other people's posts.
While I do this, I see posts with tips and suggestions that would be great for my listeners and readers.
When that happens, I can't wait to share them.
I'm sharing three things I learned this week on LinkedIn and showing how they can help you be a better networker.
Finding Your Tribe
The first LinkedIn tool I stumbled on was in a post by Patrick Mvaa.
He's known for his expertise in AI, business, and branding. He revealed a simple yet powerful way to find people who talk about things you're passionate about on LinkedIn.
Here’s the link the original post on LinkedIn:
It’s more powerful if you start entering your target companies into the search bar.
This shows you people who work at those companies, especially recruiters, who you can connect with.
Here’s what that looks like if you search “Tesla.”
Doing this opens up a goldmine of profiles of people working or talking about your interests.
Follow them, engage with their posts, and you might find some invaluable connections!
Even if one of your target companies doesn’t have a lot of people talking about it, you can enter an industry term like “software engineering” and find a lot of new people to follow for insights.
By the way, if you want to see me talk about this in more depth, you can check out my video podcast of this issue, which has me showing you how I would use this feature to find people to follow.
Navigating Your Career Pivot
Next up, we have an insider tip from Kevin D Turner, a LinkedIn enthusiast. He posts about using LinkedIn and has his own YouTube channel. He has definitely taken advantage of his LinkedIn custom URL.
He shared the lesser-known "Career Explorer" tool that LinkedIn offers.
This tool helps you analyze your current job and explore the skills needed for your dream position.
Go watch Kevin's tutorial on this tool if you want all the details.
Here’s how I would use it for networking:
Enter your city and your current job title.
You'll get a list of job titles that other LinkedIn users have moved into from your job title.
You'll also see which skills you need to build for the new role.
But that's not the best part. Clicking on the Find Connections on LinkedIn button shows you other people who are in the role you want in the city you listed.
Look at these people's profiles and follow or connect with them on LinkedIn. These would be people you can ask,
"How did you move into your current job?"
"What type of skills did you need?"
"What has made you successful?"
Networking with them could unlock a world of advice and opportunities.
You're following the route others have taken and the LinkedIn Career Explorer is like a GPS for your career path!
The Magic Phrase of Reciprocity
He dropped wisdom on how to respond when someone thanks you for your help.
Get this right, and you'll set yourself up for future help in return!
So, when someone thanks you, don't downplay your efforts with "it was nothing." But also avoid sounding like they owe you by saying "now you owe me one."
Instead, use this powerful phrase:
"I was glad to do it. If the situation were ever reversed, I know you'd do the same for me."
Why does it work?
Because it focuses on the future.
It plants the seeds for a reciprocal relationship down the road.
Practice saying it, and you'll be ready to master the art of asking for help when you need it!
There you have it, my top LinkedIn tips and tricks of the week!
I hope you find these insights as valuable as I did.
If you liked them, the best way to say thanks is to share this issue with someone you know.
Remember, we're all here to support each other, so don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or need guidance.
Until next time, stay connected, keep learning, and make the most of your networking adventure!