LinkedIn’s profile redesign brought with it some interesting bells and whistles. The one I like the most is the super-simple tool that allows a member to sift through 1st connections’ connections (your 2nd and 3rd connections.)
OK, I hear your wheels turning. Don’t let yourself get bogged down in the various levels of connections. Simply think of your 1st connections as your next-door neighbor, and your 2nd and 3rd connections as neighbors of your neighbor. You may wave hello or chat over the fence with your next door neighbor, but haven’t had a chance to get to know the others…even though they are great people to know.
This new LinkedIn tool makes it really easy to not only find valuable, targeted connections but actually…well…connect! But in a far more meaningful manner.
Here’s the simple 6-step process in a nutshell:
But wait…there’s more!
See the little “advanced search” link?
Here’s where the fun really begins.
Click on “advanced search” to sort through all of your connection’s connections based on a wide variety of criteria. For example, if you want to work for a specific company, search by company name, or search for recruiters in your industry. Want to see a list of your peers, competitively? Search using your job title and variations. The options are endless. You can even search across group members.
And here’s another tip:
When you’ve identified 2nd and 3rd connections you might like to meet, don’t send an Introduction request through LinkedIn. Instead:
1) Call your 1st connection
2) Inquire about the person and the relationship
3) Get your connection’s opinion regarding this person’s value to you.
Then you can send the introduction request through LinkedIn, assured that it will meet its mark rather than being ignored and…BONUS!...you’ve just strengthened your relationship with your 1st connection by calling and asking for his opinion.