Contact information for all of your connections
You’ve taken great care in building your LinkedIn network of connections because these are the folks you’ve known throughout your career, those friends from school with whom you’ve recently reconnected and professionals who are just plain helpful and wise because they might be excellent resources in the future.?Are you comfortable with all of that information residing on a website over which you have no control? What if you need to access contact information for one of your connections and the LinkedIn site is down temporarily? For many reasons, I strongly sugggest periodically exporting and saving your connections. How frequently you should do this depends on how often you add new people to your network.
Exporting your connections is easy. Let me walk you through this very simple process.
- Sign into your LinkedIn account
- From the menu on the top, left of the page, click on “Contacts”
- This will take you to a list of your Connections (see image).
- At the bottom of this list is a link to “Export Connections” (indicated by the red arrow).
- Click here and select the file type in which you’d like to save this information.
- Create the file and save it to your own computer. (Note: I have experienced occasional problems opening this file and then saving it, so I suggest saving it immediately.)
- From here, you may choose to upload your contacts’ information into another program such as Outlook, gmail contacts, yahoo mail or another CRM database.
Profile and recommendations
While you are in a housekeeping mood, let’s take it one step further. Trust me, this step is even easier, but equally important. The same care and time you’ve applied to building your network on LinkedIn?as been spent on painstakingly crafting?your profile, inclucing just the right blend of bullet point accomplishments and skills, with information about why you do what you do and what makes you unique. This is information you’ll want to save and be able to access at all times. If you others have recommended your work, this step becomes even more critical as you certainly want to retain a record of their complimentary endorsement. (Click here for more information about LinkedIn recommendations.)
To save a .pdf copy of your profile, visit your profile page and look for the .pdf icon, as indicated above by the red arrow. Clicking on the icon will create a nice page including your profile information, along with a clean copy of your recommendations.? Save this document to your computer and, voila, you can sleep well knowing you’ve got a copy of all of your hard work.
One additional tip for those seeking new employment, consulting or sales opportunities: The ability the print and share recommendations?when meeting?with a potential employer or client may prove useful as LinkedIn recommendations typically carry a great degree of credibility due to the ease with which one can learn more about?its author.
So, what are you waiting for? Head on over to LinkedIn, save your information and mark your calendar?to remind yourself?to do it on a regular basis.??This will take only about five minutes total; time well spent in managing your critical online information.
But, before you go, let me know your thoughts, won’t you? Was this tip helpful to you? What other questions do you have about LinkedIn or other social networking sites which you’d like me to address? The better I understand your networking interests and goals, the better I’ll be able to provide valuable help.