Do you want to see your efforts on LinkedIn pay off day after day, week after week?
Start by doing what highly successful LinkedIn users do every day: schedule a 20-minute appointment with your LinkedIn account – and get these five things done:
1. Review “Who’s Viewed Your Profile” (4 minutes)
And then reach out to the people you should be connecting with today. If you were a shop owner, viewing your profile is the equivalent of walking into your store, so be sure to reach out and ask the person how you might be able to help him/her.
2. Send Invitations to Join Your LinkedIn Network (4 minutes)
Each day, reach out to those you met in person or online the day before and, using a 5-star invitation, invite them to connect. Making this part of your networking process will help you in so many different ways on LinkedIn. For instance, improving your search ranking on LinkedIn is all about connections, especially the right ones, and people you have already met are spot on.
3. Check Out and Get Involved in Group Discussions (3 Minutes)
Yes, many groups are somewhat “spammy,” but when you find one that has the right folks who are talking about the right things and they’re just waiting for you to weigh in, don’t miss your chance: take full advantage of your most productive groups.
4. Investigate People in Your Saved Search Results (6 minutes)
Once you have LinkedIn delivering your well-defined target list each week, it’s your job to figure out, based on the information you can gather from their profiles, what might be the most appropriate next step. Done well, this step might set you up for some of the most productive traditional meetings and phone calls in the coming week.
5. Post a Great Thought-Provoking Status Update (3 minutes)
Simply put, this is the best marketing feature on LinkedIn. After all, you’ll be communicating with your handpicked audience (your connections). If you don’t talk to them, your job seeking competitors will be happy to share helpful information with them!
By getting these 5 things done every day, you’ll find yourself among other power users of LinkedIn. At that point, your personal network (and your career) will thank you for the effort.
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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 has shared his passion for social media with more than 40,000 business professionals through private business consulting and dynamic presentations to local and national 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.