For those on LinkedIn looking to learn more, or for those looking to join LinkedIn, here is a 101 on how to manage connections for a personal profile. LinkedIn is not just for those looking for a new career or recruiting for a position. Think of it as the professional Facebook.
1. How to Add a Connection on LinkedIn
There are a number of different ways to find connections you would like to add. The quickest way is to search for the connection you would like to add in the top right hand corner. When you are looking for a connection, make sure that the black dropdown menu is on “People” as shown below.
If you are not able to find the person you are looking for, or if there are multiple people with the same name, you can try the Advanced People Search. To get to the search form shown in the screenshot below, click on Advanced next to the search box in the top right hand of the screen.
If you would like to see who in your address book is on LinkedIn click Add Connections. This is in green text found in the top right hand corner. You can also find Add Connections under the Contacts dropdown menu.
When you click on Add Connections you are brought to the screenshot shown below. This LinkedIn app will access your address book and match the emails from our address book with users that are already registered on LinkedIn. The email you used to sign up will be in the “Your email” text box. If this is where you have most of your contacts click Continue. If you prefer to use another email address for your address book, simply select your email provider and type in your email in the text box before clicking continue.
LinkedIn also provides suggestions of people you should connect with. These are shown on the right hand side of the website. To add these connections, click the Connect button shown below.
When adding connections it is best to send a personalized message requesting to connect. For example, if it was someone you met at a conference you could say “It was great to meet you at the conference yesterday! I would love to connect with you here on LinkedIn. I read the article you suggested and would love to discuss it with you. Let me know what day this week works for you.”
2. How to Remove a Connection on LinkedIn
Click Contacts or select Connections from the Contacts dropdown menu at the top of the page.
Once here select Remove Connections highlighted below.
After you click Remove Connections you will be brought to an alphabetical (by last name) list of your contacts. Select the connection(s) you would like to remove and click the Remove Connections button shown below.
The contacts that you remove will not be notified that you have removed them.
3. How to Join a Group on LinkedIn
If you are looking for suggestions for Groups to join, select “Groups You May Like” from the Groups dropdown menu. You can also find groups in the Groups Directory under the Groups dropdown menu. If you know the name of the group you are looking for you can type it in the search bar in the top right hand corner. You can also enter in a keyword related to the type of group that you’re looking for, for example “Real Estate” or “Hospitality”, just be sure to change the dropdown menu in front of the search bar from “People” to “Groups”.
To view LinkedIn’s suggestions, select “Groups You May Like” and you will see a list of groups that LinkedIn has suggested for you based on the information in your profile. If you see groups you would like to join simply click the Join button. Some groups are private and you will need to be accepted by the owner of the group in order to gain access to the group.
Groups are a great way to meet people with similar interests or to meet potential customers or clients.
4. How to Leave a LinkedIn Group
Select “Your Groups” from the Groups dropdown menu.
Once you are in the group you would like to leave, click the “More…” tab.
Then click the Leave Group button at the very bottom of this page.
5. How to Follow a Company on LinkedIn
Select “Search Companies” from the Companies dropdown menu.
Select “Search Companies” from the tabs in order to search for the company you would like to follow. In the left hand search box type in the name of the company you would like to follow.
Hover over the company you would like to follow and select Follow Company in the top right hand corner of the highlighted company.
Or you can click on the company and select the Follow button.
6. How to Unfollow a Company on LinkedIn
In order to unfollow a company select “See all >>” from the bottom of the “Companies” dropdown menu at the top of the page. You will see a list of all of the companies that you are following. Under each company you are able to select Stop following shown in green text below.
Have questions about your personal LinkedIn profile or your company page on LinkedIn? Leave them in the comments section below and we’ll do our best to explain.