Maximizing Your Participation in LinkedIn Groups
If you're new to LinkedIn Groups or haven't participated in a while, here's a quick summary of what you can do in a group:
- Participate in a discussion. Add a comment to an existing discussion post, show your support by clicking the Like link below an interesting post, share your own ideas or links, flag a post as potential spam, or follow the activity of a specific group member.
- View a list of other members. The Members tab provides a list of group members, starting with members in your network. Other options include searching the member directory by keyword or viewing a list of members who've joined in the past seven days. You can contact a fellow member directly even if you're not first-degree connections, unless the member has blocked this feature on the Settings page for that group (select More, My Settings from the main group page).
- This makes the member directory a great job search and business development tool, but be sure to make only personalized, targeted contact with group members to avoid spam complaints.
- Post a promotional item. In order to keep the Discussions tab focused on professional discussion only, some group owners offer a Promotions tab where members can post content that's more promotional in nature.
- Post a job or view job postings. The Jobs tab provides a meeting place for job seekers and recruiters.
- Search discussions by keyword. Go to the Search tab to search for a specific keyword among hundreds or thousands of group posts.
Remember that group owners have control over what displays in their group, so not all these features are available for all groups. For example, not all groups allow promotional posts or job posts.