Posted on Sep 4, 2012

Connecting to new colleagues on LinkedIn

  • Celebrate!
  • Go on a shopping spree.
  • Decorate your new office.
  • Update your LinkedIn Profile.

These are a few things you’d do if you got a new job.

So what’s missing from the list?

  • Invite your new colleagues to Connect with you on LinkedIn

Here’s why:

1. As you post Status Updates or add projects you’ve completed into your LinkedIn Profile, your colleagues will see them (consider it a socially “acceptable” way to brag).  But it’s also a way to stay “top of mind” when your colleagues and/or superiors go to create a team for a high visibility project or to promote from within.

2. You never know when your colleagues are going to leave the company and being linked to them on LinkedIn is a great way to maintain these important business relationships for the future.

3. People you’ve worked with are familiar with you and your work. You’re a known quantity to them, which makes it easier for them to hire you or recommend you. So a current colleague could become your next boss, an important client, or your new business partner some time down the road!

3. You never know who’s going to get promoted or start a new company. Someone who’s your colleague today might make a meteoric rise to the top. The story I like to tell is that I worked for a Vice President of a Division of Boeing years ago, who became the CEO.  I wish I had been linked to him!

4. A day might come when you have to look for a new job and, as I have mentioned in past blogs, if you begin building your network for a rainy day, it will be a valuable asset for your future.

5. The more people you’re linked to, the more visible you are. And more visibility  = more opportunities.


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