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How can I use social media such as LinkedIn to successfully making connections?

I'm currently building a profile on LinkedIn. #career-path #linkedin #connections

Thank you comment icon Hey Deborah! You can reach out to professionals that you know or that your parents or friends may know, and send them a message asking them about wanting to learn more about their profession and how you can get started in them. I suggest you to go to recruiting events or technical fairs to try to meet professionals in the field that you're interested in, and then you can add them/send them a message on LinkedIn to learn more about the process. Hope this helps! Albert

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Kelly’s Answer

Hello Deborah,

Could you specify the particular field or college major you're interested in? This information will enable us to steer you towards a more precise direction. Regardless of your current position - be it a student, a working professional, or otherwise - LinkedIn provides a plethora of opportunities. The premium version offers additional features like detailed analytics and personal messaging, but even the basic version is a good starting point.

To make your presence felt, actively engage with pertinent content. Like, comment on, and share posts that resonate with your interests. This will not only make you visible to your network but also demonstrate your active involvement and interest in your field. Share industry-related articles, updates, or insights to establish yourself as a knowledgeable resource and attract connections who value your viewpoint.

Participate in LinkedIn groups that align with your interests or professional field. Engage in conversations, pose questions, and offer insightful contributions. This strategy will help you connect with professionals who share your interests.

Lastly, take advantage of LinkedIn's advanced search filters to pinpoint specific professionals or companies. This tool can help you discover potential connections more efficiently.

Kelly recommends the following next steps:

Optimize Your Profile: Ensure your LinkedIn profile is complete and professional. Use a clear profile picture and write a compelling headline and summary that showcase your skills and experiences.
Network with Intention: Identify the individuals or organizations you want to connect with. Search for professionals in your industry, alumni from your university, or individuals working in companies you're interested in.
Personalize Connection Requests: When sending connection requests, personalize them. Mention why you want to connect or how you found the person. A personalized message increases the chances of your request being accepted.
Attend Events and Webinars: Keep an eye out for virtual or in-person events and webinars related to your industry. Participate actively, ask questions, and connect with other attendees afterward.
Follow Up: After connecting with someone, follow up with a thank-you message or a brief note expressing your interest in staying connected. This helps solidify the connection and opens the door for further communication.
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Shehram’s Answer

Thats a great initiative on your part. I will recommend searching for companies in industries you are interested in. Then, you can get started with adding recruiters who work directly with the company and not a third party recruitment agency. You can also add people in your area if you are not looking to relocate. The quickest way to build your contacts is by signing up with your current email, be it work or school email and it will show you recommendations based on those contacts etc.


If you want you can submit a request to me on linkedin to get started.


All the best.

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Hanleigh’s Answer

LinkedIn is a great place to reach out to people that are in the field that you aspire to be in, and ask them questions about how they got to where they are. Also, utilize LinkedIn to connect with people that are already in your network: friends, family, church members, fellow alumni, friends or friends, etc. Most importantly, take your conversation outside of LinkedIn and schedule a phone call, meet for coffee, or chat via Skype or Zoom. Try to actually develop a relationship with the person, and may even offer ways that you can be of help to that person. It should be an exchange.
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Nathan’s Answer

I would recommend using LinkedIn as just one tool in your networking portfolio, but to start with, think about your objective with LinkedIn. Are you looking to find a job? Gain more connections to help you in future work or work search? From there, you can do as another person answered above; search out specific industries or companies you are interested in and follow them. Try connecting with recruiters if you want to find about how to get hired by those companies. Make sure you use easily searchable keywords in your headline if you are looking to get noticed by recruiters. Participate in discussions, like and comment on people's articles and updates, and participate in groups. All of these things will get you noticed more on LinkedIn.


Also remember to use it when networking in person. LinkedIn can be used as a database of your connections. When you meet someone in person and ask for their business card, email them as a follow up and also add them on LinkedIn if they have it. The site can be an easy way to update your connections when you find a new job, relocate, get a promotion, or anything else.

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