Updated: February 2018
So you have set up your profile with all your current information and experiences. But now what? One of the biggest mistakes you can make on LinkedIn is letting your profile just sit and forget about it. So how can you be active on LinkedIn?
Even when you’re not looking for a job or internship, joining and commenting on discussions in LinkedIn groups will help you build connections that might be useful to you in the future. But the first step to being active in LinkedIn groups is knowing which LinkedIn group to join.
Step 1: Search
To search for the best groups to fit your needs, start by typing in some keywords into LinkedIn’s search bar. These should be words related to your field such as “education,” “public relations,” “accounting,” and so on. They could also be words related to your hobbies and interests like “hiking,” “film,” “music,” etc.
Once your search results come up, look to the menu bar in the middle and click “More” and find where it says “Groups.”
Once you click “groups,” check out the list that appears. Chances are there will be hundreds, maybe even thousands of groups you can potentially join. You can click on each one to get more information.
The groups you choose to pursue could be based on relevance to your major or career goals, your current location (or location you want to move to), the number of entry-level or non-entry level professional members of the group, and so on. You know best what career you are looking for, but if you need help, you can always drop in in our office.
Step 2: Examine
When you find a group you think you may want to join, click on the name of the group. You will then be taken to a screen that gives a little introduction to the group. Here you can see how many members are a part of the group, the Admins of the group, and also a quick About this Group summary that will tell you exactly what the group is about. Don’t be afraid to explore through the many groups LinkedIn has to offer.
Whether the group is open or closed (meaning you need permission from the admins to join), you will see the blue and white “Ask to join” button.
Step 3: Join!
Once you find a group (or groups) that you think are relevant to you, click the blue and white ” Ask to join” button. If the group is closed, you may have to be approved by an admin. In this case, you will get a confirmation email once you’re approved.
Though joining groups is a critical part of being active on LinkedIn, don’t join too many. A good rule of thumb is to start off with 5-10 so you can have a variety based on your professional goals and interests.
You can also manage your groups within the “My Groups” section within the purple header. This section shows you all the groups where you’re a member. Within this section, you can also click on the Discover tab, where LinkedIn can recommend you other groups that are relevant to you!
Still don’t have good grasp on groups on LinkedIn? Check out this helpful guide.
– Shannon Ball, Rebecca Reynolds, PCA