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EP 1731 Whether you are an experienced individual or a beginner, there is more that you can be doing to build out your network of relationships.Here I outline the top 6 things you can do to build out your network.

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I worked in search for more than 40 years, field more than 1200 positions and, today, I'm going to talk with you about building out your network of relationships on LinkedIn so that you get more firepower behind your search.

Now, I was LinkedIn number 7653 (yes, within the first 10,000 people on LinkedIn) and there obviously wasn't much there. Now there are millions, hundreds of millions of people to network with and start developing relationships with. Because if I said to you reached out to you out of the blue and said, “can you help me find a job,” you would probably say, “Why am I going to do that for?” You need to build relationships and cultivate a network, not just simply for this job search, but on the basis of having a career weird you’re going to need support from people for many years to come.

This video is really going to be about building out your network so you have some oomph behind you, some firepower, some people in your network.

LinkedIn gives you the ability to port email addresses to send out invitations to from your email address and if you're comfortable with that (and I'm not endorsing that. I'm not telling you what to do with that), but it is an easy way to do it. I believe you can uncheck people who you wouldn't want to send a connection request to. I believe it’s set for auto default set the default the send it to everyone. So, that is one way to start.

Next thing is if you don't have any professional experience, if you look at your home page, you'll see network and if you click that you'll see alumni and whether you're just starting out in your career, still in school or and experienced individual, don't neglect the alumni tool that allows you to connect with people who went to your school. It's a nice touch and easy way to connect with folks. Then, of course, there's a lot of different other ways to do it.

So, you join groups. Groups, particularly the larger ones, have hundreds of thousands and, in some cases, over a million members to them. Obviously, most people are not on there all the time, but you want to connecting in groups because that expands your reach of contacts. So, if you join a group with 200,000 400,000 500,000 people you can message those individuals and you can start asking questions and getting advice from folks and you can start to offer input. It's a nice way to expand your reach.

You can also follow companies, influencers and others on LinkedIn. I think in terms of influencers, if you go to, they will offer some recommendations for you.

If you're looking for specific people to connect with, you can use the advanced people search function on LinkedIn and click in the search box and scroll to search for people with filters to locate people by city, position, organization, a variety of different criteria. You will start to discover people reaching out to you, including the sisters and brothers of that Nigerian prince and you will often detect them because there picture is weird (they may have the “hotty” picture with their lips puffed out). There are also the turquoise backgrounds, in some cases of what looks like some cartoon character-type of image. They have backgrounds that have no text under them. If you show some discretion, you can obviously disconnect from them if you accept someone who isn't appropriate.

I will also say, once you connect with people, once you start accepting connection requests, I want to encourage you that if you get you at least 100, start thinking about what you can write for LinkedIn using the blogging platform, and then sharing it with those people.

I don't care how junior you are, you can write about a professor, you can write about work that you do. There's a lot of information that you have that you may think, “Oh! No one will really care about that.” And you will be dead wrong.

So, I encourage you to write and then share it with your connections and share with the public. Those are the two different options when you can share a blog post on LinkedIn. It does make a difference in how people see you. That’s because they get the opportunity to see you as the expert.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1700 episodes and “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was named a Top 10 podcast for job search. is also a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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