Best LinkedIn Tips: Find LinkedIn Groups to Join

by Meg Guiseppi on July 28, 2011

LinkedinLinkedIn Groups are one of the big benefits of LinkedIn membership, but many members don’t seem to know that. They’re missing out on plenty of opportunities to accelerate their job search.

Joining the right Groups can lead you to people who can help you achieve your job search goals.

But how do you find the right Groups for you to join?

If you’re at the point in your search where you’re actively networking into that next job, I’m assuming you will have already researched and identified several target companies, and determined who you need to connect with at those companies.

I’m also assuming you already have an on-brand, keyword rich, 100% complete Linked profile.

Here’s one way to find the right LinkedIn Groups, in 3 steps:

1. Working from your list of key people at your target companies, go to each one’s LinkedIn profile.

2. Look for the Groups they belong to and, if those Groups are a good fit for you, join them yourself.

3. Spend a little time getting a feel for the way that particular Group works, and slowly start contributing to existing discussions and starting your own. The idea is to position yourself, and become known, as a subject matter expert and thought leader.

It’s that easy! This is one way to begin rubbing elbows with key hiring decision makers at, or connected to, the companies you’re interested in working for.

Then, you can get busy building your executive brand with LinkedIn Groups.

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photo by Coletivo Mambembe

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1 Meg Guiseppi August 19, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Traci, thanks so much for the lovely comment! I’m thrilled that my posts have been so helpful to you and your peers. I hope this continues to be a blogsite you want to return to.

Best,
Meg

2 Traci Catalano August 19, 2011 at 11:14 am

Meg – Every corner I turn on your site there is another terrific tidbit to share with my peers. Even those who aren’t searching for another opportunity right now can benefit from your advice. This is a wonderful website – thank you for your insight and your passion for your profession!

3 Meg Guiseppi July 29, 2011 at 8:07 am

Thanks for being my cheerleader once again, Stephen. This one little piece of advice in my post can have a big impact on job seekers’ ability to connect with the people who can help them meet their career goals.

Best,
Meg

4 stephen q shannon July 29, 2011 at 5:16 am

Again, Meg proves she’s a giver, not a taker. Ignore this pithy advice at your peril. My mentor and coach Nathan “Nate” Kievman pounds these concepts into us. Meg knows of what she writes and speaks.
Thanks Meg.
sQs Delray Beach FL

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