LinkedIn groups allow like-minded professionals to connect and share feedback, resources, and advice. In this video, learn how to find and request to join LinkedIn groups.
- [Instructor] LinkedIn Groups are trusted communities where professionals with shared interests can ask questions, share insights, and build meaningful connections. Once you're in some groups, those group conversations will then appear within your news feed, where you can see and participate in them. It's also a great way for LinkedIn to customize your feed and make your account more relevant to your interests. As a student, groups are a great way to network with other professionals who are interested in a specific topic. Maybe they're all in the same industry, belong to a similar organization, or they're in a similar situation as you. I'm currently inside of my account, and on the left-hand side, if I scroll down, you'll see here some of the groups that I belong to. Illustrator Learning Group, so on, and I can expand it here. Now, there's another place that you can find your groups, and that's up at the top by clicking on the My Network tab. From here over on the left, I can see groups. And it's saying that I belong right now to 48 groups. I'll click on that, and it opens up and shows me the ones that I belong to. So here they are. Over to the right, I can click to copy that link and share it, I can update my settings, or I can leave the group if I want. Now if I click inside of one of these groups, you'll see what a group is like. So here it has the title. It'll have the rules, it'll tell you about the group. It'll show you all the people that are in the group. And then below, it will start to show a feed within here, so what people are sharing and commenting on inside of the group. Now, I'm going to back out of here and switch over to Julie's account. Now let's say that Julie wants to join a group, and she wants to join one on web design. So I'm going to go up here in the search bar, and I'll type in web design. Now in the drop-down, they do have a new feature that says web design in Jobs, in Services, in People, and they have in Groups, so I can simply click here. But if I put in web design and just search for it, that's fine, I can use these filters. So down here, we have the different filters, and I'll select Groups. Now they're going to show me a bunch of groups that have the words web design or are about web design. So when I scroll down, you'll see that there are tons. Up here it's saying there's about 7,000 results. Now if I see one I like, I can go ahead and click on that. Here, I can read what the group is about. I can read over the rules, and see if this is a good fit for me. I've sometimes seen groups that had a great name, and I thought I was going to love it, and then I've gone in and kind of read more about it and like, that's not for me. So make sure you read over the groups before you do go in and join one. Now, when you want to join one, you can click here on Request to Join. Once you request to join the group, group administrators will receive that request and review your qualifications. If you don't meet their criteria, they may deny your access. Also note that all group conversations are only visible to approved group members. That's why here, I don't see any news feed because I'm not yet part of this group. One final thing I want to show you here is that if you do go up to Groups, let's go to My Network, and Groups. Now, if you're ever looking for a group and you can't find one, and it doesn't exist yet, you have the ability to create a group. I can go up here in the top right, click Create Group, I can give a background image and an image to represent the group, fill up a name, description, and more. If you do, you'll be the administrator of it, and the one who has to allow people into the group. But, if there's an opportunity to start one, I recommend doing it. So, use Groups as a way to share your insights, ask questions, and build meaningful relationships with like-minded professionals. Be an active participant in these groups, especially as a student coming out of school. Answer questions, give feedback, share resources. It's a great way for people in your industry to notice you and what you do.