You may already have an account on LinkedIn, but do you really understand how to use the networking site? Below is a list of LinkedIn terms and explanations to help you become a LinkedIn pro.
- 1st Degree Connections – These are people you’re directly connected to because you have accepted their invitation to connect, or they have accepted yours. You will see a 1st degree icon next to their name in search results and on their profile. You can contact them by sending a LinkedIn message.
- 2nd Degree Connections – These are people who are connected to your 1st degree connections. You will see a 2nd degree icon next to their name. You can contact them by sending a LinkedIn message.
- 3rd Degree Connections – These are people who are connected to your 2nd degree connections. You’ll see a 3rd degree icon next to their name. If their full first and last name is displayed, you can send them an invitation by clicking Connect. If only the first letter of their last name is displayed, you can contact them through InMail or an introduction.
InMail allows you to send messages directly to another LinkedIn member that you’re not connected to. Members must purchase InMail, or you can get them with a Premium LinkedIn account.
A LinkedIn Recommendation is a comment written by a LinkedIn member to recognize or command a colleague, business partner, or student. Recommendations typically come from people who value your work, services, or products. There is no limit to the number of recommendations you can request or give. Benefits of LinkedIn Recommendations include:
- Helps to find new clients and business partners
- Builds your reputation
Skill Endorsements are a simple way to recognize your 1st degree connections’ skills and expertise. You may add any skill to this section on your profile. Benefits of Skill Endorsements include:
- Builds your professional brand
- Validates your strengths
- Engages your network
Let’s connect on LinkedIn! You can find my profile at LinkedIn.com/DeborahSakelaris.