LinkedIn Groups provide a place for professionals in the same industry or with similar interests to share content, find answers, posts and new jobs, make business contacts, and establish themselves as industry experts. Is a great way to share thoughts, articles or other relevant content, websites from your homepage and several other places, and to keep in touch with their members.
There are two types of group discussions whose main difference is who can see the discussions. “Members – only group discussions” can only be seen by their group members and there’s a padlock icon next to the group name. And “open – group discussions” can be seen by anyone on the web and can be shared on other social networking platforms.
If you are a group manager or moderator, you have control over membership, discussions, settings, subgroups, rules and more. You are the ultimate decision maker of what content will be allowed, and have the right to delete discussions and comments. Group managers can send up to one group announcement per week to members who have chosen to receive it.
If you are a group member, you can communicate information, schedules and opinions with your group by starting a discussion or sending a message to one group member at time. You can also use LinkedIn Groups to build and maintain a broader network of professionals you can trust. Fellow group members can help you get ready for an interview or research a topic.
Finally, to become a valued group member make sure your posts are relevant to the interests of the group, invite discussion, keep conversations respectful, avoid self-promotion and provide value to conversation topics. When you start participating in a group, it is useful read the group rules, and if the group doesn’t have rules, send a note to group management for guidance.
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Post written by Carmen Rafecas.