How To Turn LinkedIn Connections Into Interviews…

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If you’re like me, you try to grow your LinkedIn network. It’s not my top priority, however in the 12 years I’ve been on LinkedIn, my network has grown from 0 connections to 24,007.

One of the great features of LinkedIn is you can export your connections.

Why would you want to do that?

Many reasons.

For example, as an author who’d like to get noticed, I used the file I exported to identify

  • Podcasters
  • Radio Hosts
  • TV Hosts

I did this because I may end up crafting a pitch for these folks to see if they’d be interested in interviewing me. That’s not why I’m writing.

Here’s why you may be interested in trying this…. After downloading my connections, I was able to create a pivot like you see below.

So what?

Depending on the size of your network, it’s highly likely, you’ve worked for someone or will work for someone with the same title as people in your network.

So what?

With the properly worded pitch this could lead to an interview that could lead to a job.

If you’re like me, you’re going to want more than a title. Here’s how you get that. Let’s say I’m interested in working for a Director, by double-clicking the ‘191’ next to ‘Director (above),’ I get the detail you see below. (Ordinarily, LI returns the email. There must have been a glitch when I exported the file. (When you’re connected to someone they frequently have their email in the Contacts section of their LI profile.)


For more tips and tricks like this, check out my book, LinkedIn Strategies to Take Your Career to the Next Level.

Clark Finnical is also the author of “Job Hunting Secrets (from someone who’s been there)”

After 30 years in the corporate world and five job hunts, I understand what job seekers go through. There are a lot of myths, misconceptions and sometimes, downright lies which put the job seeker at a disadvantage. “Job Hunting Secrets (from someone who’s been there)”and “LinkedIn Strategies to Take Your Career to the Next Level” were written to level that playing field.

After creating Business Plans for a multi-billion dollar Flagship Product, I improved factory forecast accuracy by 29% and identified and corrected $10M in under-billing. I also wrote the documentation for a two day training class on our new ERP system. It is that passion for mastering complexity that has proven essential in understanding today’s job seeking environment.

If we’re not connected, I’d love to connect. Here is my profile.