How to build a meaningful LinkedIn network
LinkedIn is a platform wherein you can grow your professional network. And, you have to be super careful before you post anything. Your single move has an impact on your professional career. There are several groups that can be joined if you want to grow professionally. It also serves as a job search platform as vacancies are mentioned there. You can also use the LinkedIn platform to follow certain companies and business Tycoons. Here are few tips to help you to build a meaningful Linkedin network:
Quality vs Quantity
Are you obsessed with numbers? Want a high number of people added to your LinkedIn profile? But, are you connected with the right set of people? Do not add people just for the sake of increasing your LinkedIn connections. You need to decide whether you want quality or quantity. Keep close people as your connections and those who can professionally benefit you. Also, try adding people whom you personally know.
Depth versus breadth
There are people who want connections only after knowing the person very closely and only if the person belongs to same industry or same company. They do not want to explore more and are clear of what they want. However, there are other sets of people who wants to have a diverse connection. They would love to interact with people of other industries and other companies. You can take a call depending upon your future goals.
Strong versus weak link
You would have met the person once in a cocktail party or say in a workshop, would you want to connect with the person? There are set of individuals’ who would like to meet people and know them often before adding them to their LinkedIn profile. Thus, you can choose your strong as well as the weak link.
Specific versus general goals
Goals differ from person to person. There are people who like to discuss specific goals with their LinkedIn connections and nothing more than that. The other set of people would discuss general goals, personal issues, current happenings and anything that is common between them. You can decide if you would want to be specific or general and choose your connections.
Thus, LinkedIn is a very powerful tool and can be used wisely for professional growth. Do think over the above-mentioned tips and add meaning to your LinkedIn network.