How and Why to Join LinkedIn Groups!

There are now over one million eight hundred thousand groups on LinkedIn. Groups are where you want to be if you want to make a name for yourself or your company. LinkedIn allows you to join up to 50 groups and 50 subgroups. What that means is you could possibly receive 100 emails a day just from the groups you belong to.

If you go to your settings page you can make alternative selections for the emails from these groups. On the settings for group emails you have three alternatives.

1) daily emails
2) weekly emails
3) no emails

These settings allow you to look at group emails that you can classify as (A) high importance, (B) medium importance, or (C) view as needed.

So how do you join groups? First determine what kind of groups you want to get information from, what groups you want to network in, and third, what groups you want to join just for the recreation of it.
Click on the groups name you would like to join, it will take you to the group home page. On the home page it will show you a description of the group and whether or not it is a closed group or an Open group

Once you click on the “JOIN” button you will be notified if you are automatically a group member or if you have to wait for approval from the group owner or manager if you can become a member of the group.

Some groups are alumni groups, school (college) groups, specific industry groups or special interests groups. Either way you may have to qualify in order to join the the group. And, I have found some groups that are by invitation only.

Why do you want to be in LinkedIn groups? Because of the visibility, because of others connections, because you can message people, because they have job search boards, and because you can connect with others within the groups.

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