LinkedIn Groups

What are LinkedIn groups?

"Groups" on LinkedIn are collections of people and companies who are part of the same (or similar) industries, or who share the same (or similar) interests.  Members of groups can share content across LinkedIn with each other, 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

  1. Go to www.linkedin.com in your web browser and log in.

  2. Move your mouse cursor over Interests in the menu across the top, and click Groups.

    LinkedIn groups button

  3. Based on your position, industry, etc., 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 "+" icon in the top-right corner to join that group.

    Join a LinkedIn group

    Note that some groups are private.  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.

  4. You can also look for specific groups by clicking Find a Group, then clicking in the box labelled "Enter a Topic or Keyword" and typing in terms related to the type of group you're looking for.  Then click Search.  (See our How to Search LinkedIn tutorial for more information about searching on LinkedIn.)

    Find a LinkedIn group

    From there, click Join beside a group that you'd like to join, or click View to go to that group's page, and then click Join in the top-right corner.

How to leave a LinkedIn group

  1. Move your mouse cursor over Interests in the menu across the top, and click Groups.|

    LinkedIn groups button

  2. Move your mouse cursor over the group that you wish to leave, and click either of the links that appear to go to that group's page.

    Go to LinkedIn group page

  3. Click Leave in the top-right corner.  (You will have to confirm that you wish to leave that group via a popup box.)

    Leave LinkedIn group button

How to create a LinkedIn group

  1. Move your mouse cursor over Interests in the menu across the top, and click Groups.

    LinkedIn groups button

  2. Click Create a Group.

    Create LinkedIn group button

  3. The form for creating a group on LinkedIn is somewhat long, so we'll break it into two parts.

    Form for creating a LinkedIn group

    First, click Browse to find a picture on your computer that you will use to represent your group, click it to select it, and then click Open.  Then, click the check box below this to confirm that you have the right to use this image.

    From there, click in the boxes and drop-down menus and type in or select:

    - Your group's name
    - Your group type (is it for networking, alumni, conferencing, etc.?)
    - A short summary of your group
    - A full description of your group

    Note that all of these except for the group icon are mandatory.

  4. Next, click in each of the boxes, buttons, and drop-down menus below and type in or select:

    - A home website for this group (if applicable)
    - The group owner's email (that's yours, and should already be filled in)
    - Whether LinkedIn users can freely join this group or have to ask and be accepted
    - The language that this group displays in
    - Whether or not the group is based in a general geographical area
    - That you agree to LinkedIn's rules for creating groups

    Confirm creating a LinkedIn group

    When you select whether your group is "Auto-Join" or "Request to Join", you can also select whether or not you want your group displayed as a suggested group in LinkedIn's "Groups Directory", whether or not you want to let your connections know that you've created this group and let group members display the group logo on their profile, and whether or not you want to allow group members to invite other LinkedIn users to join the group.  If you select "Request to Join", you can also set your group up so that people with certain email addresses can auto-join, while everyone else has to request and be approved.

    Also, if you select the option that your group is based around a general geographical area, you can select your country and mailing code to specify the area.

    Finally, if you click Create an Open Group, then anyone on LinkedIn can see the activities and discussions that happen within the group.  Or, if you click Create a Members-Only Group, then only members of the group will be able to see the group's goings-on.

How to close a LinkedIn group

  1. Move your mouse cursor over Interests in the menu across the top, and click Groups.

    LinkedIn groups button

  2. Move your mouse cursor over the group that you wish to leave, and click either of the links that appear to go to that group's page.

    Select a LinkedIn group to manage

  3. In the menu underneath your group's name, click Manage.

    Manage a LinkedIn group

  4. In the left-hand menu, click Delete Group.  Then, click Yes, Delete This Group.

    Delete a LinkedIn group

That's our introduction to LinkedIn groups: how to find and join them, leave them, create them, and delete them!

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