There are some basic steps to expanding your LinkedIn Network.
- Importing your email lists (below).
- Connect with alumni – the easiest connection! (see below following importing emails).
- Join Groups (see my Groups discussion for details) and enter the conversation.
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Import Your Email Lists to LinkedIn
There are two options in using email providers for adding people who re already contacts. The first step is to sign in to LinkedIn and go to your profile. Expand your < Network > tab on your top navigation bar, or menu. And click on < Add Connections >.
Or, hover over the +profile icon (2nd from left on your top navigation menu bar) and click on <continue >.
Either one of these will lead you to the import email function listing the major hosts LinkedIn supports.
Here is the current list of all email hosts supported.
You can also import lists in various formats or merely type in email addresses.
You may wish to segment your email connections and only import the ‘business’ connections. In that case I recommend exporting your list to a CSV file and eliminating those you do not wish to connect with on LinkedIn. Then import the edited CSV file.
The last step, of course, is to < Send Invitations >.
Connect With Alumni On LinkedIn
Click on < Find Alumni > found on your “Networks” pull down menu, top navigation bar.
The following screen opens which gives you many search options.
The next way to expand your network rapidly is to join LinkedIn Groups.
Last edited July 1, 2015.