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6 ways to organize your LinkedIn contacts

Posted by Faye on October 23, 2012 in The Social Networks |

LinkedIn has made it easy for you to keep your contacts organized. In a previous post I showed you how to use LinkedIn’s updated address book. This updated version allows you to keep track of your contacts in six searchable categories: Tags, last name, companies, locations, industries, and recent activity. Let’s check ’em out.

Tags

Tags make it easy to categorize your contacts. As you make new connections, tag them. Some of the tags I use include classmates, clients, people I worked with (colleagues), and friends. Many of your connections may already have tags, based on which box they (or you) checked when you initially connected. You can always change the tags – Click on “Edit tags” and modify your tag list. Any untagged connections will be listed in the “Untagged” category. Just like the rest of the data you input on your address book, tags are visible only to you.

Why use tags? If you do a lot of networking, tags make it easy to remember your contacts. Also, if you want to send an email to everyone in a tagged group (maximum of 50 people), you can easily do this by selecting “all” in the group.

Last name

You’ve always been able to find a specific contact by his/her last name. Click the letter of the last name of your contact and you’ll see everyone whose last name begins with that letter.

Companies

Contacts who are employed at companies that have company pages or that are on LinkedIn’s list of companies will be listed under this category. If you’re looking to work for a specific company you can easily reach out to your contacts who already work there.

Locations

LinkedIn also categorizes your connection list by city and state. If you’re traveling to another city, look up your contacts in that city and do some face-to-face networking over coffee or lunch. You never know what new business or job opportunity it could lead to.

Industries

See what industries your connections are working in. If you’re looking to make a career change in a completely different field, reach out to a connection in an industry you’re interested in learning more about.

Recent activity

LinkedIn also includes recent activity – new connections of yours and your connections. If you haven’t been on LinkedIn in a while, check out recent activity first to get up to date with your network.

LinkedIn really makes it easy to stay connected and keep up to date with your network. Whether you’re looking for a new job, career, or new business, how you use this tool will determine how successful you will be with it.

Do you use this advanced functionality of LinkedIn’s address book? How do you use this feature? I’m always open to new ideas. Thanks for reading!

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