If you want to get more involved on LinkedIn, you should consider checking out the “Groups” function. It can really help you get more out of your LinkedIn experience, an help give you a boost to find more people to connect with – especially those in your career field.
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What are LinkedIn groups?
“Groups” on LinkedIn are collections of people and companies who are part of the same industries, or who share the same (or similar) interests. Members of groups can share content, such as insights and advice from LinkedIn Pulse, specific questions and answers, contact information, job openings, and more.
How to find and join LinkedIn groups
Go to www.linkedin.com in your web browser and log in.
Move your mouse cursor over Work in the menu across the top, and then click Groups.
Click Discover at the top of the page to view LinkedIn’s suggestions for groups to join.
Based on your position, industry, and the information you’ve entered into your profile, LinkedIn will suggest some groups that you may want to join. Click on a group’s name to see more information about it, or click the Ask to Join button at the bottom-right of each listing.
Note that some groups are private. Many groups love expanding their subscribers, but you do need to be approved. If you try to join a private group, you may have to wait until one of the group’s administrators approves your request before you are allowed into that group. If a group is suggested that you aren’t interest in, click Not Interested. This will prevent this group from continually being suggested to you, and will help LinkedIn make better suggestions to you in the future.
You can also look for specific groups, or search for groups in a particular category using the LinkedIn search bar. Simply click in the search bar and type the name of a group, or type a category, skill, or genre for a group. After you search, under the search bar, narrow your search by clicking Groups.
From there, click on the name of any group to learn more about it, and click Ask to Join at the top-right of any group page.
How to leave a LinkedIn group
Click Work on the main menu at the top of the screen, and click on Groups.
Click My Groups find the group that you want to leave, and click on its name to view it’s page.
Once you’re on the page, move your cursor over the box that says “Member.” When you hover, it will change to say “Leave.” Click this button.
A pop-up box will appear asking if you really want to leave the group. Click Confirm if you’re sure you want to leave.
Keep in mind that if you leave a group and want to rejoin in the future, you will still need to be accepted – even though you were once a member.
How to create a LinkedIn group
Move your mouse cursor over Work on the menu across the top, and click Groups.
Click My Groups in the top-left of the page.
Click Create a Group.
From there, you will need to fill out the form for creating a group on LinkedIn. Click in each box a fill out your answer as it pertains to your group.
Make sure you enter the following information:
– Group title
– Upload an image of your group logo
– Description of what your group is about/what it will do
– Group rules
– Choose group membership (is your group public or private)
When you’re finished, click Save Changes.
Note that all fields of this form are mandatory, except the group rules, and a group logo.
How to close a LinkedIn group
First, you need to find your group. Click Work in the main menu, and then click Groups.
Click My Groups, and then click on the name of the group you want to delete.
At the top-right of the page, click Manage.
On the left menu, click Group Details. This will take you to the menu where you can delete the group.
Scroll down to the bottom of the screen, and click the red Delete Group button.
You will be asked if you’re sure you want to delete the group, Click Confirm if you’re ready to end your group’s run on LinkedIn.
And that’s all there is to it!
That’s our introduction to LinkedIn groups: how to find and join them, leave them, create them, and delete them! Be sure to read the rest of our LinkedIn course to learn more about great topics like how to search, how to find jobs, how to showcase your skills, and how to create a great profile on LinkedIn.