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LinkedIn Tips and Traps - Step 4 - Networking 

Questions or comments to: info@hpalumni.org (Updated September 19, 2017.)  

Steps: 1. Check account settings  2. Optimize profile  3. Optimize positions  4. Use networking features

Using LinkedIn's networking features:  to find former co-workers who know you and your work.

-  Unless you are seeking sales leads, only send invitations to people you really know. If too many invitations are not accepted, LinkedIn's system will restrict the ability to send more invitations. Don't let LinkedIn trick you into giving them access to your address book. (If you have already done that: How to Unlink Your LinkedIn Address Book )

- Join HP Connections 81,000-member group on LinkedIn for current employees and alumni of HP, HPI, HPE, acquisitions, and spinoffs. Reconnect with people who know you and your work. Find ex-HPers where you would like to work. (HPAA membership not required.)

- Join the social and professional networking groups related to each former employer that fit your location and career. (Groups are operated by informal groups of alumni around the world.) There is probably an informal online group for each organization you have worked in -- including HP acquisitions and spinoffs. For example, there a large group for EDS alumni. And there are many local clubs.

- Join the LinkedIn groups related to your interests. Click the LinkedIn logo in the upper left corner. Enter the topic in the search window. Click the magnifying glass. Select "Groups" from the row of links below the window. The order of the display is related to a combination of group size and activity level.

- Accepting invitations to connect. Unless you are seeking sales leads, only accept LinkedIn invitations from people you really know. Forbes career columnist Liz Ryan has an example that went badly wrong. If you don't immediately recognize the person, check their profile. Lots of fake members on LinkedIn -- often posing as recruiters. Fakes generally have profiles cut-and-pasted from real members -- which is usually obvious if you look through the entire profile. They often have photos copied from the Web. Scroll down to "See all" at the very bottom of the profile and click "Groups." If there is a random list of large, unrelated groups, they are a fake. If using Chrome, right click on the photo and select "Search Google for image." There she is, Miss Louisiana!

- Sending invitations to connect. Depending on your level and role -- and depending on what you signed when you left your last employer -- you may want to be careful about sending connection invitations to former co-workers. This may be viewed as a solicitation to join your new employer. These issues are being litigated. (We've had no reports of this coming up with respect to HP or related companies.)

- Check the companies you are following. The 50-employee "EDS" outsourcing company with a red logo -- actually "Egyptian Document Storage" -- inexplicably has 2,600 followers on LinkedIn.


LinkedIn Housekeeping:

- Incoming emails. There are many different types of email sent by LinkedIn -- each from a different LinkedIn department trying to sell you something or get you to visit the website. Marking a message as spam in your email reader does not unsubscribe you from LinkedIn or any other source of emails. How to reduce LinkedIn emails and still get the emails you want.

- How to change email addresses on your account: LinkedIn Help article


You're done!

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