LinkedIn has many great features. Some of them, although free, can be very hard to find. And one of the joys of my job? Showing my clients how to find a free LinkedIn feature, then showing them how to use it in a strategic and purposeful way.
One free LinkedIn feature that really amazes most folks is LinkedIn’s Alumni feature. This top-notch capability allows you to search for others who have walked the same hallowed halls as you did, or are. But that isn’t all. Once you did in, you won’t believe the incredible things you can now do with this feature!
There are two ways to access this feature:
- In the large search box on your top toolbar, type the name of the school you’re interested in. When it shows up in the drop-down list, choose that entry
- Click the name of a school on anyone’s profile. Once you’re on the university’s page, click the Alumni tab. This will take you to that school’s Alumni page.
Cash In on This Free LinkedIn Feature
Every school’s Alumni page includes an awesome filtering system that helps you find the perfect fellow alums to reach out to.
The filters include:
- Where they live
- Where they work
- What they do
- Their major
- What they are skilled at
- How are you connected
Once you have selected your filters on the Alumni page by clicking the bar above your desired selections, LinkedIn displays a mini profile for everyone who meets your filtering criteria. Without leaving the page, you can send a message to any first-degree connections or use a personalized message to invite anyone on the list to join your network. Pretty cool, don’t you think? I am amazed that this is still a free LinkedIn feature.
Alum Searching Made Easy
Some of the searching capabilities have always been available through Advanced People Searching, but it is much easier to do it here.
If you’ve been looking for a way to sort people by age range, this is your ticket. If you sell products or services to a targeted age group, use the dates Start year or End year filters on the top right to find alumni who are probably in that age range. Granted, it isn’t exactly an age search because not everyone gets an undergrad degree at age 22, but it should still provide some valuable information.
Use the Search alumni by title, keyword or company box to really zero in on the right alums to reach out to.
I think after you test drive this free LinkedIn feature, it will become one of your favorites.
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About the Author: Wayne Breitbarth is the CEO of Power Formula LLC. An experienced businessman, speaker, and author, Wayne shares his passion for social media with 40,000+ business professionals. Through private business consulting and presentations to audiences including Inc. Magazine and also 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 him on Twitter.