Lurk First (and 4 More Tips on Getting the Most out of LinkedIn Groups)

Interested in finding a new job, switching careers, attracting more clients or building a stronger professional network? LinkedIn Groups is the place to be.

Groups provides opportunities to meet and engage in discussions with members of your industry, your alumni community or other professional interest areas. Becoming active in LinkedIn Groups is like attending a professional conference every time you log on.

To join a group, start exploring the Group Search page, which has recently been updated to make it easier for you to find the most valuable places to network. Then click “Join” for any groups that sound appealing. Once you’re accepted as a member, you’ll be able to post and comment on discussions, review job postings, connect with your fellow members and more.

With over over a million groups on LinkedIn, you’re bound to find several communities that are beneficial to you and your career. But with so many opportunities to participate, what’s the best plan of action? Here are five ways to get the most out of LinkedIn Groups…

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3 Comments

    Comment: Posted by Lindsey Pollak on May 31, 2012 at 9:48 am

    @Aaron – Thanks for the comment. I think the best groups have leaders who start by inviting their professional networks and then asking those people to invite their trusted networks to the group as well. Good group leaders also post really good content and questions on a consistent basis and keep their groups free of off-topic content. Good luck!
    Lindsey

    Comment: Posted by Aaron McDaniel on May 31, 2012 at 3:32 am

    I really like this advice Lindsey, especially point #2 about becoming an industry insider.

    If I was going to start my own group, what are the best ways to get people to join and start a dialogue with me?

    Thanks!
    -Aaron

    Comment: Posted by Sean on May 8, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Thanks for sharing this article. I have to admit I am behind the times when it come to linkedin… I wasn’t even sure what groups were!

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