However, to get the next level – and to get the most out of LinkedIn – we must do more. We must become LinkedIn experts.
To help you get just that much closer to ‘Expert’ status, here are some secret, hard-to-find, really cool LinkedIn features I’ve discovered over the past year…
“In Common With”
This LinkedIn feature shows you at a glance what you have in common with another person (e.g., schools, groups, companies, locations, skills, causes, and interests). No more fumbling around looking for conversation starters to break the ice.
And here’s a little secret: Birds of a feather like to flock together–and they also like to do business with each other. When you’re viewing someone’s profile, just look in the right-hand column to see just what you have in common with that person.
Special LinkedIn Profile Sections
LinkedIn is a great personal branding tool, and it’s easy to put your best foot forward with the help of the following special LinkedIn profile sections: Volunteer Experiences, Publications, Test Scores, Patents, Projects, Causes You Care About, Courses, Languages, Honors & Awards, Certifications, Supported Organizations, Organizations, and Personal Details.
Include these sections in your profile to get a leg up on your competition and boost your credibility with potential customers, employers… and everyone who views your LinkedIn profile!
Advanced People Searching
Because LinkedIn’s Advanced People Searching feature shows you who knows whom, it’s easy to:
- See if anyone you know is connected to a company that just received your resume
- Turn a cold call into a “warm call” by getting a personal introduction from someone in your network
- Find potential donors or volunteers for your favorite nonprofit
- Recruit the best candidates even when they aren’t actively looking for a job
- Discover new vendors and suppliers
- Find experts who can answer your questions and help you solve your problems
This LinkedIn feature is like having a 24/7 virtual assistant that constantly searches LinkedIn’s 380-million-person database and sends you a list of people who meet your specific search criteria. And best of all: this virtual assistant doesn’t demand a salary and benefits.
Download Your LinkedIn Data
Get a zip file of all of your most important LinkedIn information, including a spreadsheet of your first-level connections, including their email address.
Just follow these four simple steps:
- Scroll over your small photo (or headshot icon if you don’t have a photo) on the right side of your top toolbar
- Choose Privacy & Settings from the drop-down menu that appears under your photo
- Click the Account tab near the bottom of the page
- Under the Helpful Links section, choose Request an archive of your data
LinkedIn Keyword Treasure Chest
Although LinkedIn doesn’t have an official name for this feature, it is truly a treasure chest. Simply put, it is a single web page with loads of LinkedIn data on a particular topic or keyword.
To access the treasure chest, simply cut and paste this URL into your web browser:
Then enter the keyword or keywords you’re interested in researching; for instance, https://linkedin.com/topic/search_engine_optimization.
If you have multiple words, like search engine optimization, be sure to try it with a space between the words and underscores between the words, and also try abbreviations (for example: https://www.linkedin.com/topic/seo). I have found that each approach will result in different useful information.
How Many Connections is 500+, Really?
You can now get reasonably close to the actual number of connections a person has by going to the person’s profile, scrolling over the small down arrow, and then clicking View recent activity.
The number of followers will appear in the upper right-hand corner. Followers are defined as connections plus people who have clicked the Follow button on someone’s profile. Thus, the number isn’t exact, but it should be pretty close to the number of connections the person has.
What are They Talking About?
If you go to View Recent Activity and follow the same steps outlined in the preceding paragraph, you can see what the person has been sharing in his/her updates for up to the last couple months. If you want to automatically get the person’s updates going forward, just click Follow.
Did you know LinkedIn could do all THAT?
Put these little-known tools and tricks on LinkedIn… and learn more about your contacts, your potential employers… and maybe even you!
For this post, YouTern thanks our friends at Power Formula!
About the Author: Wayne Breitbarth is the CEO of Power Formula LLC. He is an experienced businessman, speaker and author who has shared his passion for social media with 40,000+ business professionals through private business consulting and dynamic presentations to audiences including Inc. Magazine, the American Marketing Association, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Wayne is the author of the best-selling book The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success. Connect with Wayne on Twitter.