Unbelievable but Hard-to-Find Free LinkedIn Features
By Wayne Breitbarth, Andersen Alumnus and CEO-Power Formula LLC (Author of “The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success: Kick-Start Your Business, Brand and Job Search’)
LinkedIn users (61 percent according to the most recent statistics)
are not paying anything to use the site. That's why most of what I teach in my
book, public workshops, corporate
training sessions, and personal consultations focuses on becoming a skillful
user of the free account.
are six simple ways you can capitalize on powerful, hard-to-find LinkedIn
features without spending a cent.
Search Alerts for Advanced People Searches.
is like having a 24/7 virtual assistant who's always looking for the right
people. Once you've completed an Advanced People Search
that gives you a list of just the right folks, click the words Create search
alert (top right corner).
each week LinkedIn will automatically show you new people who meet your defined
search criteria. This is absolutely priceless.
Find fellow alumni.
hard to explain the warm, fuzzy feelings fellow alumni have for each other, but
LinkedIn makes it very easy to find and contact your fellow alumni—and many
times they'll be quite willing to do business with you.
the name of the school you attended in the top search box. Then choose your
school when it appears in the drop-down menu. Next, select Alumni.
Choose your filter columns or keywords, and LinkedIn magically shows you just
the right fellow alums—smiling faces and all. Ka-ching! Learn more about the
Alumni feature here.
media to your profile in your brand new Featured section.
create a compelling profile, you need to strategically tell your professional
story. A simple way to enhance your written story is to add links to important
websites and upload media or other files.
the down arrow in the Add profile section button, and then choose Featured
in the drop-down menu. Viewers will then be able to watch, download, and read
your most important work samples, company information, personal testimonials
and recommendations, and so much more. Learn more about adding media to your
Featured section here.
Download your connections database. Who
wouldn't want a spreadsheet of their first-level connections' first and last names,
current companies and titles, and the dates you connected with them?
select Me on your top toolbar, and choose Settings & Privacy.
Then you will be taken to the How LinkedIn uses your data page, where
you can click Get a copy of your data. Next, check the Connections
box, and then click the blue Request archive button. You will then have
to enter your password. Within minutes, LinkedIn will send you a file with that
information in a helpful spreadsheet.
Send messages to fellow group
Unless you have a premium account,
you cannot send a direct message to people who are outside your first-level
network without incurring an InMail fee—with one exception. Each month LinkedIn
gives you 15 free direct messages you can send to people who have agreed to
accept messages from fellow group members. InMails typically cost $10 each, so
this is a $150 gift from LinkedIn.
can join a group just long enough to send someone a free InMail. From the
specific LinkedIn group page, click See all in the top right corner.
Then enter the person's name in the Search members box. Next,
select the Message button to the right of the person's name.
Search your connections'
is an easy way to look for potential customers, employers, etc. whom your
connection can introduce you to. This is like having each of your connection's
Rolodex on your computer, phone or tablet, which you can easily filter and
perform this search, put your cursor in the big, light blue search box in the
top toolbar, and select the People button from the list of searches you
can do here (Posts, People, Jobs, etc.). Next, select the All Filters
button in the white toolbar that appears on the far right.
go to the Connections of box and type in your connection’s name. Choose
his or her name when it appears in the drop-down menu, and then click the blue Show
use any of the other filters to narrow the search to people at the right
company, location, school attended, title, etc.
you have it—six features that would certainly be worth paying for, but they're
totally free. Thank you, LinkedIn!|
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