Whether you’re a LinkedIn daily user, or someone who just pressed “accept” when someone you know adds you on the network, there’s one thing on LinkedIn you’re probably not doing enough – actually looking at your connections. Sure, you have a feed and it’s supposed to tell you what’s up in the lives and careers of your contacts, but it doesn’t always keep you as updated as you’d think it would. The truth is, you need to manually look at your connections.
What Should You Be Looking For?
- Job changes
- New volunteer positions, Board positions, and philanthropic connections
- Updated photos
I did this exercise last week and found more than a few gems:
- A former colleague landed a fantastic new job with a university – one that’s perfect for her!
- My last boss became the head of a huge department at a prestigious nonprofit arts organization.
- A friend from childhood who just became the chair of a national nonprofit Board of Directors.
Then What Do You Do?
- Duh, email or call them to say Congratulations!
- Invite them to something. A job change or huge new opportunity is a terrific reason to get together with old friends and colleagues. Invite them to an event, a lunch, coffee, or dinner. You’ll be glad to see them again.
- Connect them to someone who could help. Do a little “random act of networking kindness” and send someone their way who could be helpful in their new endeavors.