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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


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


LinkedIn Job Seeker Intelligence – increase your chances of being found by recruiters.

Chance #1) Search by Name

Did you know if your first name is spelled differently or uniquely it can hurt your chances of being found on LinkedIn? LinkedIn doesn’t tell you this. The one exception they do make is to tell you about maiden and married names. To increase your chances of being found make sure to include the traditional spelling and in parenthesis after your name e.g. Jorge (George) Brown. Other names that may need help Jon (John), Jeff (Geoff). So if a recruiter is searching for George Brown, either way, you are covered.

Notice in the results below three variations on Jeff.

Chance #2) Search by Location

Make sure you can be found by location. If you live 50 miles outside of the greater Chicago Metro Area (61108), are you willing to commute? Some recruiters start their searches by screening candidates that live within a 25 mile radius of the job location. Increase your chances of being searched and found by selecting a zip code on LinkedIn that falls within 25 miles of the Chicago Metro Area (Barrington 60010).

Chance #3) Search by Company Name

If you have experience at a specific company. Be sure to use your company’s most well-known name to ensure maximum searchabiity. An example – if you worked for the American Safety Technologies or “Signode” or Pro/Mark which are divisions of “ITW” make sure to list “ITW” along with “American Safety Technologies”, “Signode”, or Pro/Mark.
Put the (ITW) Illinois Tool Works in parenthesis you may also want to show industry as well.

Notice for ITW there are 337 resultes for different divisions of ITW.

Chance #4) Search by settings

Have you even looked at your LinkedIn privacy settings? Your privacy settings may play a large part in helping or hurting your chances of being easily found by recruiters using LinkedIn recruiter. You must check your privacy settings and make sure your public profile is visible to everyone. If you have a premium account make sure you have designated your account as an Open Profile which ensures you can receive free InMails and that your full profile can be seen by recruiters, and many others as well.

From setting public profile page choices.

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


Should I use a paid LinkedIn account? I’m asked this question all the time when I’m at networking events and presentations. My answer used to be NO. Now LinkedIn has introduced a new premium account that is affordable. SPOTLIGHT: LinkedIn has developed a new Premium account for its users. The cost is under $10.00 a month less if you purchase it yearly, the rate drops to $7.99 a month!

LinkedIn premium for the average user. This features a larger profile picture along with an expanded profile header. You can use one of LinkedIn’s default headers or you can import your own to make your profile standout. If you want to stand out on LinkedIn and set yourself above the competition this is an excellent way to do it.

LinkedIn will even send you recommendations to optimize your profile summary with keywords.

One of the features is an open profile badge at the top of your profile. If you want to connect with others that are not in your network, you will have the option to make your profile “open” so that every LinkedIn member can see your full profile and reach out to you for free. If you are in job search this will allow recruiters that only use free LinkedIn accounts to contact you.

Another feature that Spotlight provides is Who’s viewed You Profile. The expanded version, so that you can see a list of the people that have viewed your profile in the last 90 days. This reminds me of the line from the Taxi Driver movie “You talking (looking) at me?” Find out who they are and return the favor. Try it you may connect with someone that you can help out.

Now, how do you navigate LinkedIn to find this tidbit.

Step one: From your Homepage or Profile page scroll down on the right side to “Who’s Viewed Your Profile” Click on the hyperlink that says “your profile has been viewed by”

This will take you to the Who’s viewed your profile home page.

Step two: scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the yellow “Upgrade to Premium” button.

The next screen you see will be the premium home page.

Step three: At the top of the page scroll the tool bar click on “LinkedIn Premium” which is a hyper link. The spotlight page will appear.

Now that you are there, sign up for the most affordable LinkedIn premium account. For less than $100.00 a year you have access to a Premium LinkedIn account. This is the starting point for premium as you advance with your LinkedIn profile you have other options of premium to choose from. Or you can go it alone with the free account. It is your profile, it is your choice.

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

I write practically perfect LinkedIn profiles and exemplary executive resumes. Contact me at 224-221-9700 or Email me at bruce@hobknobery.com


Are you using the promotions tab in LinkedIn groups for networking?

In a lot of the groups I am in I see discussions regarding new people joining the group or are new to the Chicago area and they are looking for networking events. They are looking for opportunities to network with business people, others in their profession, and some are job seekers looking to connect with target people and companies.

In all groups there are five tabs at the top of the group page.

They Are: 1) Discussions 2) Promotions 3) Job 4) members 5) Search

Most people in the groups are aware of the discussions and members tabs and some may even have used the job and search tab (you can now advance search groups but that’s another post) But few people if any look at the promotions tab. Most group member must think it’s just advertising for businesses.

WRONG!! I looked at this groups promotions tab, yes, I did find advertisers, but I also found many networking groups, meetups, open houses, workshops, presentations, and speaking engagements.

The networking events were at churches, small businesses, large businesses, Toastmasters, government functions, men’s clubs, women’s clubs, and just plain old regular networking groups. If you are networking for business or networking for a new job start using the promotions tab, you’ll be surprised at what you find there.

So don’t be afraid to check the promotions tab in all the groups you are in or join. As a matter of fact if you are new to the area you may want to join several LinkedIn groups to give yourself a little variety in your networking. Now go out a meet a few new people and expand your horizons and business.

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

I write practically perfect LinkedIn profiles and exemplary executive resumes. Contact me at 224-221-9700 or Email me at BruceBix49@gmail.com.


How to Use LinkedIn’s Find Alumni tool for connecting.

Most people don’t know that the “Find Alumni” tool exists let alone how to use it. So where is it on your LinkedIn profile? We start on your profile page at the top toolbar. Hover over the word network and a drop down will appear. Your choices will show as 1) contacts, 2) add connections, and 3) find alumni. Scroll down to alumni and select.

The alumni homepage will appear and on the right side will be a drop down with the schools you attended and similar schools. In this case it may be beneficial if you also include your high school on your profile.

Select your school and you will have six columns to filter your search for an alumni. The columns are
1) Where they live 2) Where they work 3) What they do 4)What they Studied 5) What they are skilled at and 6) and most importantly how you are connected. One other filter below the school name is a toolbar with the dates attended.

Once you set all your filters then the results are posted with a profile picture and headline of your alumni along with the date of graduation watermarked next to their name. It will tell you what degree you are connected and how many shared connections as well.

Set your search for high school, college, or grad school to find that connection you need to make contact.

I’m always happy to connect on LinkedIn with people who read my blog. My email address is BruceBix49@gmail.com. If you find this info valuable please pass this on to others who need help.

I write practically perfect LinkedIn profiles and exemplary executive resumes. Contact me at 224-221-9700 or Email me at BruceBix49@gmail.com.


Where do You Strategically Place Keywords on Your LinkedIn Profile?

The questions is always the same. I want my LinkedIn profile to show up in search, where do I place my keywords? Everyone invariably wants to be on page one on LinkedIn for their keyword(s). So how do they do it?

LinkedIn’s search algorythm is based upon keyword density. So the more often you place your keywords on your LinkedIn profile the higher you will rank. But, that is only part of the equation.

The most important part of keywords is WHERE to place them. LinkedIn’s most heavily weighted section for keywords is the Headline section of your profile. So, if you can place the keyword in the headline more than once it will help your ranking for that keyword. You can, and should, put more than one keyword you are searched for in the headline. If you can fit 4 or 5 words by all means place them in the headline.

The second place that is searched by LinkedIn for keywords is your current position title. If your title has an abbreviation use it but also spell out the title. ex: Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
Make sure you include the keyword(s) in the first line of description of the position.

The third place that is most strategic for keyword placement is/are the past experience section. If you have been a CFO for two or three companies during your work history make sure to include the same keyword(s) in your past experiences. AGAIN, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), it must read identically in all sections.

The fourth strategic area to include your keyword(s) is in the summary section of your profile. Tell your story in the summary section, make sure to include the keyword(s) in the first line also. The summary section gives you the opportunity to strategically place the keyword(s) throughout the section. You have 2000 characters to define yourself, how you have helped companies, and how you solve problems.

At the end of the summary section you can include specialties. Specialties (meaning) keywords, follow each specialty or specialty phrase with a comma, to differentiate each as a KEYWORD.

At the end of the summary section place a “call to action”, CONTACT ME TO SEE HOW I CAN HELP YOUR COMPANY, so those finding you know what to do once they find your profile.

The fifth area to strategically place your keywords is the “Specialties and Expertise” section of your profile. Specialties and expertise is just another word for KEYWORDS. Choose your skills wisely to match your keywords.

One way to confirm the keywords search is to place a keyword search for the word “RETAIL” then click on the profiles that show up. What you will find is the word will show up highlighted in yellow by LinkedIn. This will show you exactly where they search for your keyword.

AND, one bonus area to place keywords is in the “Interests” section of your profile. Not only does LinkedIn search there for keywords, it also treats each keyword as a link to profiles ranked for that keyword on LinkedIn. Click on the link and it will take to a listing of those people using that keyword in their profile. So if you rank high for that keyword you will show up in the search.

One last caveat, when people do a keyword search, LinkedIn will show your first degree connects first then second degree, third degree, and so on. So if you are NOT connected to the person doing the search your profile will not show up in the results.

I’m always happy to connect on LinkedIn with people who read my blog. My email address is BruceBix49@gmail.com. If you find this info valuable please pass this on to others who need help.

I write practically perfect LinkedIn profiles and exemplary executive resumes. Contact me at 224-221-9700 or Email me at BruceBix49@gmail.com.


How to find Keywords for LinkedIn Skills and Expertise.

Now that LinkedIn has removed the definitions and related skills from the LinkedIn profile what are you supposed to do. One of my connections showed me how to find related keywords using Google.

The first step is to use Google, Google Drive (Formerly Google Docs), and Google Chrome.

Step 1) Using Google go to the Google apps and select Google Drive.

Step 2) On left hand side of the page there is a red box that says create, select “Create”

Step 3) From the drop down select the green excel “spreadsheet”

Step 5) In the top two cells of the spreadsheet type in two keywords
I typed in Marketing and Twitter

Step 6) Highlight both cells and a SQUARE box in the lower right cell will appear.

Step 7) Click on the square box, hold down your mouse and at the same time select the “CONTROL” key

Step 8) Drag the box down 8 or 10 different cells and let go

Voila, you now have a list of additional keywords courtesy of Google!!

Now go ahead and select and add skills & expertise to your LinkedIn profile.

I’m always happy to connect on LinkedIn with people who read my blog. My email address is BruceBix49@gmail.com. If you find this info valuable please pass this on to others who need help.

I write practically perfect LinkedIn profiles and exemplary executive resumes. Contact me at 224-221-9700 or Email me at BruceBix49@gmail.com.


How To Use LinkedIn’s Advanced Search!

Advanced searches on LinkedIn – Advanced search is available for people. Click the Advanced link to the right of the search box at the top of any page or at the top of the search result page to see all fields and filters on the left.

What will help you in advanced search are the Boolean Operators.

Boolean searches – You can use advanced search operators and Boolean logic to conduct your searches. Here are some of the ways you can construct your searches:

Quoted searches – For an exact phrase, enclose the phrase in quotation marks (e.g. “product manager”).

NOT searches – To exclude a particular term, type that term with an uppercase NOT immediately before it (e.g. programmer NOT manager).

OR searches – To see results that include 1 or more terms in a list, separate the terms with an uppercase OR (e.g. sales OR marketing).

I think I like the “OR” search the best. Here is an example.

(seeking OR seeker OR “looking for” OR “in search” of OR “open to” OR “new job” OR “actively pursuing” OR “pursuing new” OR “searching for” OR “new opportunity” OR “new opportunities” OR “available for”)

AND searches – To get results that must include 2 or more terms in a list, you can use the upper-case word AND as a separator (e.g. manager AND director). Note: You don’t need to use AND. If you search 2 or more terms, you’ll automatically see results that include all of them.

Parenthetical searches – To do a complex search, you can combine terms using parentheses. For example, to find people who have “VP” in their profiles, or have both director AND division in their profiles, type: VP OR (director AND division).

The nice thing about advanced search is if you are looking for a specific profile with the word Oracle in it, the result will be any profile with Oracle showing up. But with the filters on LinkedIn advanced search you can put your search term in the job title section and only those profiles will show up that have Oracle in the title.

If you are using a search string each section of the advanced filters allows you 1000 character strings.
If you have a recruiter account those stings can be 3000 characters long.

It make take some practice but if you leverage all of the operators and the sorting functions you will get the results you are looking for.

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Did you Personalize Your LinkedIn Public Profile URL?

Your URL on your LinkedIn profile page should be customized

to just your name. Why, because when people search for you

on the internet hey will go to Google and search for your name.

When you sign up for a LinkedIn profile you are given a generic

public profile URL.

The public profile URL includes your name which will be hyphenated and ten numbers and characters after

it. In a search on Google will only show your LinkedIn profile if you include all of the numbers. What

are the odds of someone remembering all of those numbers.

Your first step to customize your URL is go to the tool bar at the top your profile page and hover over

profile and select the edit drop drown when it appears. Next step will be to select the “edit” link next

to your profile URL. This will take you to your public profile information page. On the right hand side

two thirds of the way down is the link “Customize your public profile URL”.

Click on the link and it will take you to a pop up where you can then customize your LinkedIn URL to

just your name. In the blank box type in your name without spaces and all lower case spelling.

Then click on the blue “set Custom URL”.

If someone else on LinkedIn has already chosen the name you will have to add a middle initial and/or

a number to the end of your name. LinkedIn will also give you some hints as to the availability of names

that haven’t been used. Names similar, Such as “smithjosepha or jassmith1 will help you change the URL.

I also found out if you leave the public URL and you try to put that on a business card it may not fit

the space allotted for that URL.

Good luck with your URL customization! If you liked this post please share it with others.