If you are able to use LinkedIn to find a job, or connect with people in a relevant field, you may want to contact them personally. Reaching out to other users who you find through searching, groups, or any other method can be a great way to network and find better opportunities. The best way to do that is LinkedIn messages - so read on to learn about what they are, and how to send them.
Messages on LinkedIn are like LinkedIn's own internal email service. You can send messages to your contacts and connections, and only they can see the information within. You can also send messages to people who aren't connected to you, but this requires you to upgrade to LinkedIn Premium.
Go to www.linkedin.com in your web browser and log in.
Click Messaging on the top menu of any page to access the messages function. If there's a red circle with a number over the Messages icon, it means you have an unread message waiting.
Here, you can click on any message on the left menu to read it. If you want to respond, simply click in the text box at the bottom, type your message, and press "Enter" to send it.
If you want to send a message of your own, click the pencil icon. Type the name of the contact you want to send a message to. Then type your message in the text box at the bottom, and press "Enter" on your keyboard to send the message.
You can also click the paper clip to attach a file, or the picture icon to attach an image. This will bring up an explorer window, where you can search your computer for a picture, document, or whatever else you want to show to your contacts.
That's about all you need to know to read and send messages on LinkedIn! Remember that if you ever receive a message with spam, which can sometimes happen as some people use LinkedIn, you should report the message to help protect other users as well! You can also contact LinkedIn customer service if you have any repeated issues with other users.
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