No, this isn’t another one of those sourcing challenge contests, but my happy announcement that I’ve exceeded 1 million contacts at 2nd degree in my LinkedIn network. Why am I not touting the 6 million in my total network, instead? Because 2nd degree means that when you connect with me directly, they instantly become part of your viewable/searchable 3rd degree network. And in this business, I find both sides do better with more sharing.
So if you haven’t already (or if you are, feel free to tell a friend), use www.linkedin.com/inviteMany (so you can invite some other highly-networked folks into your network at the same time — see below) and type my email in the format firstname.lastname@example.org (yes, that’s Glenn.Gutmacher, but I’m trying to avoid the spambots). Now you should have more people showing up under the "Your Network" tab in your search results, and hopefully fewer "blinded" profiles under the "LinkedIn network" tab.
I was close to the 2nd degree million figure last week but easily jumped it over the weekend thanks to Paul DeBettignies (a/k/a MN Headhunter) who made me "Person of the Day" on Friday, a feature of his "Recruiters On LinkedIn" network on RecruitingBlogs.com. I also want to give props to a few people in particular who have generously shared their advice on LinkedIn to utilize it more effectively (some directly, some indirectly) which has also helped me to dramatically grow my network in the process, though I continue to pick up tips about LinkedIn every day from the voluminous (and growing) range of resources available:
- Dave Mendoza (known for the SixDegreesFromDave blog and as the LinkedIn mega-networker, whose fame in that regard even helped secure him work as a contract sourcer FOR them)
- Shally Steckerl (my former boss at Microsoft, now training and consulting more than full-time as JobMachine Inc., who helps people in more ways than he’ll ever know, and with whom I was happy to collaborate on creating a popular LinkedIn cheatsheet last year)
- Vincent Wright (the guru of LinkedIn networking groups – you’d probably learn almost all you need to know just by looking over his shoulder for a day)
- Joe Bartling and Chris Mayaud (author of the first e-book and blog about LinkedIn, respectively, that I found truly useful),
- Ray van den Bel (has been very active lately, e.g., see his Open Networkers group)
- the Broadlook team (who will share a lot if you buy at least one of their products)
This is not to snub other gurus I’ve learned from in other aspects of sourcing, but in terms of LinkedIn, the above are my standouts. However, Otis Collier’s free LinkedIn how-to video is worth a look, too!
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