Video: Finding your most important connections from Career Prescriptions with Douglas E. Welch

Finding your most important connections from Career Presc. with Douglas E. Welch

From “Career Prescriptions” – Career Opportunities Podcast with Douglas E. Welch)

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That’s the great thing about LinkedIn and a lot of these sites. You can take your existing address book — whether it exists on your computer — or, I use Gmail. So, it can actually log in to my Gmail account and look at my address book when I give it permission. It will tell you who is already there. And so, you can go through and look at that list and go, “Oh! Such and such is there. Oh, yeah connect with them. I mean you probably won’t link up with everybody, but you can kind of pick a select group to start with. They’re already on LinkedIn. You don’t have to send them and email invitation — “Hey, join LinkedIn with me.” They’re already there. So that is your core group to start with. Again, it gives you nice friendly place, even in this bigger, huge, LinkedIn environment. It gives you a nice friendly group of people that you already know in some fashion. Ok? Also, by using that main email address, when I run my address book through LinkedIn every so often, it actually knows it and when someone signs up new to LinkedIn that is in my address book, but wasn’t a member of LinkedIn before, it actually tells me. It will say, “Rosanne Welch is now a member of LinkedIn. Would you like to connect with them?” Why yes I would. (LAUGH) So, it makes it easy. It kind of auto-discovers new people for you in an ongoing fashion.

Douglas is writer and host of Career Opportunities, a long running column and podcast dedicated to “Helping to Build the Career You Deserve!” Career Opportunities began in 1997 as a magazine column and expanded to a podcast in 2004. Douglas is also a New Media Consultant, Technology and Career Consultant with over 30 years experience in high-tech. You can find all of Douglas’ work at

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