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Did you know you can search your LinkedIn followers as well as your LinkedIn Connection’ Connections now?

LinkedIn says you can Use the Follow Hub to Discover Fresh Perspectives and Manage Your Followers. If you’re interested in finding new perspectives to follow on LinkedIn, check out your follow hub. Here you’ll find relevant recommendations for people, for companies and for publications to follow. You can also see and manage who you’re following and who’s following you — all in one place.

You can also unfollow sources if you no longer want to receive their updates, but would like to remain connected on LinkedIn (don’t worry, your connections will never know you unfollowed them). To find your follow hub, click the “Improve my feed” option in the control menu at the top right of any post in your feed (mobile or desktop).

Following your sources is a great way to stay informed on the topics, news and perspectives that matter in your industry. It’s also a great way to arm yourself with information that can help you be more productive as well as successful at work.

You can ask those following to connect on LinkedIn. You know they have an interest in you because they viewed your profile. View their LinkedIn profile also. There may be a mutual reason to connect. Find out if they went to the same school as you did or are they in the same group(s)s that you are in.

Visibility is opportunity on LinkedIn. Have them join your network so you can increase your visibility on their network.

Many of my clients are leaders in sales, business development, training, and recruiting who recognize the need to attract customers through Corporate Strategic training of LinkedIn, one on one consulting, and private workshops. Let me show you how to use all of LinkedIn’s resources. To discover how this process can benefit your organization, simply schedule an appointment on my calendar.

Here is my call to action. If you would like continuing information about LinkedIn I’m always happy to connect with people who PERSONALIZE their connection request. My email address is BruceBix49@gmail.com. If you find this information valuable please pass this on to others who need help with LinkedIn.

You’re also welcome to check my website, my blog, and my YouTube Channel.

I build practically perfect LinkedIn profiles and exemplary executive resumes. Contact me if you need help at 224-221-9700 or Email me at BruceBix49@gmail.com

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LinkedIn Connection Search. LinkedIn just reintroduced searching of your connections connections. Here is how LinkedIn describes it

LinkedIn search: See connections of your connections.

“It’s all about who you know and who they know. The best referrals and new connections often come from people in your extended network, so we’ve added a “Connections of” filter so you can easily search your connections’ connections. If you don’t want others to see your list of connections, simply change your settings so that only you can see them. We’ve also added the ability to click on mutual connections from search results so that you can quickly see everyone you have in common — make sure to reference those people when you reach out!”

If you are in #socialselling, sales, business development, or lead generation this is a game changer! Wake up salespeople, if you want to find a referral, or someone that can help you meet a decision maker, or you need a champion within an organization searching your connections for their connections is a helpful way to go.

Define who is your target person, what level of management are they? As an example we will first start with a search for VP or Vice President of sales. Then select people search and LinkedIn will provide the results.

Keep searching for different titles until you get the results you want. Once you find your ideal customer, client, or hiring manager see who your connections know. You have the filters to the right so you can select either location, company, OR “connections of”.

Once you have everything filtered for your results send a message to your connection to either ask for an introduction or ask them if you can use their name as a reference. Quite often your connection may not know the person well so that is why you could ask them if you can reference their name in a connection request. EXAMPLE: Mike I see that you are connected to Joe A Smith can I use your name as a source for my connecting to Bob Jones.”

Make it as easy as possible you your connection to yes yes to help you out with networking. Leave them an out in case they don’t know the connection well enough to refer you. You connections have value because they add visibility to your network. Use sharing wisely to add value to your connections as well.

Remember on LinkedIn VISIBILITY EQUALS OPPORTUNITY

Many of my clients are leaders in sales, business development, training, and recruiting who recognize the need to attract customers through Corporate Strategic training of LinkedIn, one on one consulting, and private workshops. Let me show you how to use all of LinkedIn’s resources. To discover how this process can benefit your organization, simply schedule an appointment on my calendar.

Here is my call to action. If you would like continuing information about LinkedIn I’m always happy to connect with people who PERSONALIZE their connection request. My email address is BruceBix49@gmail.com. If you find this information valuable please pass this on to others who need help with LinkedIn. You’re also welcome to check my website, my blog, and my YouTube Channel.

I build practically perfect LinkedIn profiles and exemplary executive resumes. Contact me if you need help at 224-221-9700 or Email me at BruceBix49@gmail.com


Yes, export all of your LinkedIn connections.

Why and how do you export your connections? Because when LinkedIn changes and makes updates to the platform you don’t want to loose your information. If your computer crashes and cannot be repaired you should save your connections file on a flash drive.

It is easy to export your connections and it only takes 7 steps.

The first step: is too go to the tool bar at the top of your LinkedIn page and hover over “My Network”. A drop down will appear.

Second step: click on “Connections” from the drop down.

Third step: when the connections page appears click on the gear in the top right corner

Step four: The next page will show up and again in the top right corner under “advanced settings” will be “Export Connection”

Step five: The next page will be Export to Microsoft Outlook (.CSV file). IMPORTANT, There are other options but disregard them UNLESS you have a MAC!

Step six: Save the file to your desktop.

Step seven: Convert the file to excel so that you can manipulate the info.

LinkedIn gives you First Name Last Name, Email Address, Company name and current position. There are a lot of empty columns that you will have to delete. Delete the empty ones so you have a manageable file to manipulate. You can set it up by company or the easiest to alphabetize all of your connections.

Do it now because LinkedIn will eliminate this feature with the new user interface.

Many of my clients are leaders in sales, business development, training, and recruiting who recognize the need to attract customers through Corporate Strategic training of LinkedIn, one on one consulting, and private workshops. You are shown how to use all of LinkedIn’s resources. To discover how this process can benefit your organization, simply schedule an appointment on my calendar.

Here is my call to action. If you would like continuing information about LinkedIn I’m always happy to connect with people who PERSONALIZE their request. My email address is BruceBix49@gmail.com. If you find this information valuable please pass this on to others who need help with LinkedIn. You’re also welcome to check my website, my blog and my YouTube channel.

I build practically perfect LinkedIn profiles and exemplary executive resumes. Contact me if you need help at 224-221-9700 or Email me at BruceBix49@gmail.com


How do you find the list of LinkedIn connections requests that you have sent out?

Where do you start? At the top of your profile page. Scroll over the toolbar at the top right until you hover over the people icon and a drop down will appear.

Pending invitations will be at the top of the drop down and “see all” will be on the top right corner near “Grow My Network”. Click on “see all”

When you click on it there is a drop down and you can select from three choices: pending invitations, sent invitations, and blocked invitations.
Select “sent Invitations and the next page will be all of your sent invitations in chronological order.

Only sent invitations that are still waiting for a response will be displayed.

You invited these people to connect and they haven’t responded yet. (This list might not include people you invited in the last few minutes.) If you don’t want LinkedIn to send reminder emails, you can cancel an invitation. The person you invited won’t get notified that you canceled the invite.

Note: Canceling invitations doesn’t return them to your balance of available invitations.

Keep in mind that if the recipient has already accepted your invitation to connect, you still have the option to remove the connection. That a post for another time.

Here is my call to action. If you would like continuing information about Social Selling and LinkedIn I’m always happy to connect with people who PERSONALIZE their request. My email address is BruceBix49@gmail.com. If you find this information valuable please pass this on to others who need help with LinkedIn.

I build practically perfect LinkedIn profiles and exemplary executive resumes. Contact me if you need help at 224-221-9700 or Email me at BruceBix49@gmail.com


LinkedIn Search, You are ONLY Searching Your Network!

LinkedIn recently announced that they have reached the 400 million member mark from which you can only access a small fraction (your network). Not daily active users but a total of 400 million profiles. The question I want to ask you is how large is your network of LinkedIn connections?

You have first degree connections, second degree connections, third degree connections, and group connections. When you do a search or advanced search on LinkedIn a lot a people believe you are searching ALL of LinkedIn. Quite the contray, you are only searching the profiles and get the results of your LinkedIn connections.

I have a connection that has a few hundred connections and his total search results when he is searching is 3,117,000 profiles.

I have 4600 connections and my search results are 10,800,000 profiles. This means that everyone else on LinkedIn is out of my netwok. When they out of your network the name isn’t viewable by you. The profile shows up as “LinkedIn Member”.

LinkedIn is a search engine of profiles, so if you want to see more results you will have to increase your network. The only way to increase it is to add connections and join groups. Happy connecting.

Here is my call to action. If you would like continuing information about Social Selling and LinkedIn I’m always happy to connect with people who PERSONALIZE their request. My email address is BruceBix49@gmail.com. If you find this information valuable please pass this on to others who need help with LinkedIn.

I build practically perfect LinkedIn profiles and exemplary executive resumes. Contact me if you need help at 224-221-9700 or Email me at BruceBix49@gmail.com


Here is a shortcut for finding how many LinkedIn connections you have!

Earlier I created a YouTube video on how to find connections versus how many followers you have. It was a two-step process. What I have discovered since is an easy way to find out how many actual connections you have.

First thing is to start on profile page and go to the toolbar at the top and click on the connections tab. Do not select any of the items in the dropdown menu.

Second step is to go half way down the page in the middle until you see “Filter by all Contacts” There is a dropdown arrow click on it. It will give you choices of: all contacts, connections only, company, tag, location, title, and source. Select connections only.

Step three after you select “connections only” start scrolling down the page and at the top of the page your actual number of first degree connections will appear at the top of the list.

While you are there take a few moments and reconnect with a few of them to stay top of mind.

Here is my call to action. If you would like continuing information about Social Selling and LinkedIn I’m always happy to connect with people who PERSONALIZE their request. My email address is BruceBix49@gmail.com. If you find this information valuable please pass this on to others who need help with LinkedIn.

I build practically perfect LinkedIn profiles and exemplary executive resumes. Contact me if you need help at 224-221-9700 or Email me at BruceBix49@gmail.com


5 Steps to guard, protect, and save your LinkedIn profile. Are you familiar with all of LinkedIn’s privacy settings for your Profile? Why would that be of interest to you? That’s what I thought until my account was hacked and deactivated.

Let’s start with privacy settings. How often do you change your password? I am going to start changing mine monthly.

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One of the newer features on LinkedIn is that you are able to see if you are signed in for your active sessions other than your home location. As I was writing this article I checked to see if I was signed in at another session and found 3 different locations. I went in and signed out of those sessions

If you take your laptop to the library, go to Starbuck’s, or any public WIFI hotspot and you forget to sign out of the session you are in it will leave your profile vulnerable to being hacked. I should have paid more attention to this because I checked my active sessions a few weeks ago and found I had 8 active sessions in West Virginia and I live near Chicago.

I changed my password right away, probably too late. So go to your settings and check your active sessions its right in the middle of the page.

I forgot to mention one of the security settings under the account portion and that is “Manage Security Settings”. What this allows you to do when you are on a public WIFI network is to check the box where it says “Secure connection”. A secure connection will be used when you are browsing LinkedIn (HTTPS).

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HTTPS is a widely used web browser protocol that allows you to look at LinkedIn securely. The encrypted channel keeps data exchange confidential and allows you to securely identify the website. LinkedIn states: “If you regularly access LinkedIn using WIFI hotspots at libraries, cafes, airports, we recommend that you turn on your HTTPS security settings.” The one drawback is you may not have access to any third party applications.

There is also a two step verification for your security settings that may be of help with sign in.

My account was deactivated, I still do not know how it happened or why it happened. I do know that I was using my phone to log in when I noticed the message “signing off”. One of my connections sent me an email telling me they couldn’t find my LinkedIn profile. I tried to log on from my phone and it wouldn’t let me. So I went to my laptop and found my profile was deleted and I could not access.it.

I emailed LinkedIn customer service in the morning, and we communicated back and forth through several email conversations with their customer service and my account was reactivate that same day in the afternoon. Once your account is closed (deactivated) and reopened you lose certain information that they cannot retrieve. Those features are:

Group memberships including group ownership
Followings (Influencers, Companies, etc.)
Ignored and pending invitations
Endorsements and recommendations
Your profile photo

I own a group so that is gone, my photo wasn’t there, endorsements, given and received, were eliminated, recommendations, both given and received, were removed, group membership was lost. Groups I had been in for 4 or 5 years were no longer there. Some groups I couldn’t get back into because they were at their limit and one group I couldn’t get in was an HR group that I had been in for 5 years in good standing but the group owner said no thanks, I didn’t qualify.

Luckily I had previously printed out my profile as a PDF so I would have a record of recommendations, groups I was in, and companies I was following. To print out your profile click on the drop down arrow to the right of the blue send a message. One of your options is “save to PDF”. Choose that one and print it out.

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The other back up for your profile is to download a list of your contacts to a CSV file and save it to your desktop. The most important part is if you know how to access this information, you can export a CSV file of your connections from the Connections Settings page, and then go to advanced setting on the right hand side of the page.. Note: Only the full name, email address, current employer, and position are exported.

Here is your step by step:

Privacy settings – change your password
Check your signed on active sessions – sign off
Manage your security settings – encrypt your LinkedIn profile
Print a PDF version of your profile
Back up your connections with a CSV file – convert to excel sheet
If you find yourself in this situation make sure you contact LinkedIn’s customer service team. They will be able to guide you through the process. Here is link to customer service.

https://help.linkedin.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1187/kw/customer+service

I’m always happy to connect on LinkedIn with people who PERSONALIZE their request. My email address is BruceBix49@gmail.com. If you find this information valuable please pass this on to others who need help.

I build practically perfect LinkedIn profiles and exemplary executive resumes. Contact me if you need help at 224-221-9700 or Email me at bruce@hobknobery.com


LinkedIn – More Job Seeker Intelligence – Final 4 Steps

The LinkedIn Recruiter has become THE recruiting tool for online candidate searches, so writing your LinkedIn profile with that in mind can make a huge difference and a return on investment if you follow these steps.

Step #1 Connections – At Least 500 connections

Expanding your connections is the absolute best way to maximize the power of LinkedIn’s network that today stands at over 332 million accounts. 107 million in the USA, and with two new users joining every second!

Maximize your ability to acquire a huge second degree and third-degree connection network by 1) ensuring you have at least 500 connections and 2) targeting those with a large roster of connections themselves (super connectors). The average user on LinkedIn now has 930 connections. How many do you have?

Step #2 Placement of your Summary Skills section is Key

Unless your LinkedIn profile is an Open Profile a LinkedIn Recruiter user can only view the top part of your summary along with your headline, name and education. So by moving your skills section, and on your LinkedIn profile you can move all the major sections, including a list of skills within the first 50 characters of your summary section. Your profile then should list your summary first, yours skills section should follow, then your experience section, and so on

Step #3 Make Sure Your Contact info is plainly visible

Place your name and best ways to contact you at the top of your summary section. Make sure at least an email address and/or cell phone is within the first 100 characters of the summary section if you choose not to have an Open Profile. As in step #2 above this will ensure a recruiter can get in touch with you when your account is not fully visible to all. Also be sure to check under the additional information section “Contact for Career Opportunities.”

One final note make sure on your settings page under “communications” that the types of messages you are willing to receive are “career opportunities”.

Step #4 Attached Resumes

And finally the last step is to make sure if you place your resume on your LinkedIn profile is to create a URL link from SlideShare. Resumes that are attached in PDF and MS Word format and have been uploaded from your desktop or other computer files cannot be viewed in LinkedIn recruiter. Be sure your resume is seen in this tool using something like SlideShare or a personal website using a URL.

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I’m always happy to connect on LinkedIn with people who PERSONALIZE their request. My email address is BruceBix49@gmail.com. If you find this information valuable please pass this on to others who need help.

I build practically perfect LinkedIn profiles and exemplary executive resumes. Contact me if you need help at 224-221-9700 or Email me at bruce@hobknobery.com


LinkedIn: How to search Your Connections By Industry!

Did you know you can search all of your connections on your LinkedIn profile? How do you do it? If you have a lot of connections like some people do, you may want to go through your connections for lead generation for a certain industry.

If you are in sales, business development or lead generation, this advanced search feature will be immensely helpful for you.

Where to start? Start on your profile page. Go to the search box at the top of the page and put in your full name. Step two select people for search, then THIS IS THE IMPORTANT PART click on the magnifying glass for search. A list of everyone with your name will show up.

Your name will show up first in the search. Beneath your LinkedIn information will be the word “Similar” and the number of connections 500+ you have in green print. Click on the number and it will reveal a list of all of your connections.

Once you are in this screen, on the far left side is a set of filters. The filters are 1) Relationships – 1st connections, 2nd connections, groups, and 3rd & everyone else. 2) Location – top 5 are listed you can add others. 3) Current company – top 5 are listed you can add others. 4) INDUSTRY – top 5 are listed you can add others. 5) Past companies, 6) Schools, 7) Profile language, 8) Nonprofit interests, and 9) even though it is a premium filter, you can search groups, bet you didn’t know that.

For salespeople, lead generation, or the business development, the INDUSTRY filter is one of your best opportunities to search and find what you are looking for.

I’m always happy to connect on LinkedIn with people who PERSONALIZE their request. My email address is BruceBix49@gmail.com. If you find this information valuable please pass this on to others who need help.

I build practically perfect LinkedIn profiles and exemplary executive resumes. Contact me if you need help at 224-221-9700 or Email me at bruce@hobknobery.com


5 reasons My Daily News Source is Now LinkedIn!

Remember when you only had the newspaper to read for all your daily information? News, both local and national, as well as sports, business, comics, and jobs!

PULSE: Now LinkedIn brings you a myriad of news sources consolidated into your linkedIn profile. Not just the Pulse section which you can configure to your liking. Yes, you can choose the news you want to see on your homepage by just hovering your mouse over the word PULSE or the square blue PULSE LOGO.

Either one is a hyperlink that will take you to the PULSE home page where you will have three choices, Your news, Top posts, and Discover.

CHANNELS: “Your News” is what you have selected from the various 50 different industries or channels to choose from and the over 230 individual news sources such as the BBC to WIRED. They have news for the sports fan and the video gamers as well.

PUBLISHERS: Once you have the channel selected you can then select which news source or publishers you would like to get your information from. There are over 250 news sources on LinkedIn. From Bloomberg or INC. to Techcrunch or Wired and everything in between.

CONNECTIONS: After checking on the national or international news I check my connections. At the toll bar at the top of your page scroll over connections and the drop down will provide choices. My choice is keeping in touch. When you select “keeping in touch” LinkedIn provides you with news from your connections. Do they have a birthday, did they land a new position, were they mentioned in the news or are they having a work anniversary.

HOMEPAGE: After congratulating my connections and wishing them happy birthday, the next step is to check my home page. What is on the home page is a never ending flow of information about my connections. Who they have connected with, who they endorsed and what companies or groups they have followed or joined. The home page also includes who posted a new publisher blog, or who has a new profile picture. There are so many other things on the home page to follow or comment on.

I chose this feed from my homepage for the story about “No you can’t pick my brain, It costs too much”.
This was an article written in Forbes, shared by one of my connections, from a group I am in.

You can get your news and read it in any order you want on LinkedIn. I know other people that start with the keeping in touch first and then checking the Homepage. Whichever way you choose it’s your news and your profile. Use it to your advantage.

I’m always happy to connect on LinkedIn with people who PERSONALIZE their request. My email address is BruceBix49@gmail.com. If you find this information valuable please pass this on to others who need help.

I build practically perfect LinkedIn profiles and exemplary executive resumes. Contact me if you need help at 224-221-9700 or Email me at bruce@hobknobery.com