I recently came upon a LinkedIn feature I need to share with you right now! If you’re involved in a nonprofit organization, or want to be involved in any way, this tip will be a home run for you!
Let’s Get Started
So how do you open the door for some worthy nonprofit organization? How do you enable them to capitalize on your unique skills and desire to help?
Add the optional Volunteering Opportunities section to your profile.
Your interests are then displayed on your profile, which is great. But the real power is unleashed when a LinkedIn member uses the Advanced People Search filters to find someone with your particular interests. Each of us is now able to find the perfect match between our skills/desires and a need that exists in our community.
How Does the Advanced People Search Work?
Just the other day I was working with ACTS Housing (a Milwaukee area nonprofit organization). They had a simple need: someone who could take a few trees down at a property they were renovating.
To get a targeted list of candidates, we took the following steps:
1. Clicked Advanced in the top toolbar.
2. Entered the words “tree cutting” OR “tree cutter” OR “tree trimming” OR arborist in the Keywords box.
3. Clicked all four boxes under the Relationship section.
4. Entered the corresponding zip code and mileage range we felt people might travel to help them.
5. Clicked the Skilled Volunteering box in the Nonprofit Interests search filter.
6. Clicked the blue Search box.
And magically a targeted list of tree professionals living in the area who have a desire to volunteer appeared. We got 60 people who were raising their hands for this specific opportunity.
For service-oriented professionals or volunteers, this is the best feature LinkedIn has ever come up with. I have to give them a big shout-out on this one.
Is Your Hand Raised High?
So have you added the Volunteering Opportunities profile section? When some worthy nonprofit organization is looking for a person just like you, is your hand raised?
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About the Author: Wayne Breitbarth is the CEO of Power Formula LLC. He is an experienced businessman, speaker, and author who shares his passion for social media with 40,000+ business professionals. Through private business consulting and presentations to audiences including Inc. Magazine and the American Marketing Association, Wayne makes LinkedIn simple. Wayne is the author of the best-selling book The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success. Connect with Wayne on Twitter.