Wednesday, October 27, 2010
LinkedIn: Are you using LinkedIn for your international or expat business?
1. Use Groups
From Alumni groups to groups about a specific niche in your field, you can find a group on LinkedIn for almost anything. I really like the Connect to Mexico group, which is a group of professionals from all over the world who either currently do business with or hope to do business with Mexico.
2. Use the search feature to search for certain companies/people
If you've ever wondered who the person in charge of purchasing is at a certain company, you just might find that info on LinkedIn. The search feature allows you to search for people by name or company. You can see all of the employees (well the ones registered on LinkedIn) that work at a certain company.
3. Recommend/Get recommended
Have you ever worked with someone that went above and beyond the call of duty? LinkedIn has a feature where you can write a short recommendation about someone, so when people go to their page they will see that other people vouch for them. You can ask for recommendations as well, from former colleagues or people you've done business with.
4. See what your network is doing
As you add more contacts, you will get to see their Twitter updates, books they recommend, where people are traveling, and much more.