LinkedIn is the World's largest professional networking tool. And it is not just about making connections. If you want to take advantage of LinkedIn to further your professional objectives, it is important to learn how to keep your LinkedIn connections in shape. This 4 minute video by Pragmatic Learning will show you just that."Manage LinkedIn Connections the Smart Way"

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Have you ever wondered, what happens when you remove a LinkedIn Connection? Hello! I am Raj from Pragmatic Learning. In this video I will share, How to grow your professional network on LinkedIn and manage it? It’s recommended that you have a LinkedIn Account and a 100% complete LinkedIn profile, to get the best out of this video.In this Video, You will learn - To Add LinkedIn Connections, Managing and Removing Them. So, let’s get started!

Are you ready to grow your network? On your user homepage, Click *Add Connections*. Adding new connections in LinkedIn is systematic.It starts with your existing email address book, then tracks colleagues, Alumni followed by LinkedIn suggestions.

Let’s look at them ONE by ONELinkedIn begins with your existing email contacts. Input your email password here. And see your existing email Contacts who are on LinkedIn but not connected to you.LinkedIn “Selects All” contacts by default for inviting connections. Uncheck it and exercise discretion in inviting connections by sticking only to professional contacts. Otherwise, clicking “Add Connections” would send a system generated invite to all, including those not desired.For Contacts not on LinkedIn, send invitations to connect on their emails.

Now Colleagues - Search for past and present Colleagues company-wise and invite them to connect.Classmates – Click on Alumni and search for your batch mates and connect with themBased on existing connections, LinkedIn’s “People You May Know” option prompts possible contacts that you may know. Now, let’s connect with people, you interact with, during the course of business.Search for the contact using the SEARCH Bar. Send them an invite with the interaction reference. Use a personal note for invitations rather than the default LinkedIn message. And when your invitation is accepted, a thank you note would do wonders.

As your network expands, it’s important to manage it. You can do this by - Editing Connections, Adding Tags to them and sometimes removing them.Under CONTACTS, Click on *Connections*. Select any Contact on the Contacts List by clicking on it, not by checking the box. You can edit LinkedIn contacts in the same way as email contacts. This feature is extremely useful to add “easy to remember” details about one-off LinkedIn contacts, under Contact Notes.LinkedIn tags are a great way to categorize contacts. They work in the same way as tags for office documents. LinkedIn allows up to 200 unique tags. Tags can denote a business transaction, an industry group, a conference etc. While classmates and colleagues might be clear, it is a good idea to add tags to partners, friends and untagged contacts. Let me show you.Select Contacts. Click *edit tags*. Type a Tag Name and SAVE. Click on the new tag to see the corresponding contacts. Unfortunately, you can filter on tags only at the first level. LinkedIn can definitely improve this functionality.

Let’s see how to remove connections. Click on “Remove Connections”. Do this with Caution. Select Contacts and click ¬ *Remove Connections*. Then confirm the removal.LinkedIn saves you embarrassment and does not notify the removed contact. But to reconnect, ONLY YOU can send an invite. So start expanding your Professional Network right away.Happy Learning!

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