For the past few months I have been intrigued by the idea of building a large network on LinkedIn. It started to make sense when a friend of mine lost his job and I put a status update that I know someone in a certain area looking for a certain type of job. Within a couple of days, there were seven people that had some input, opportunity or advice. This week I found out that my friend was able to have two potential interviews based on the leads that came from my network. The power of having a large network started to become clear.
Each of us has the opportunity to build large networks in our neighborhoods, our places of employment, our friendship circles and online. I think it is worth connecting to as many people as you can to be able to help others and find good information.
It only takes a few minutes a day to build a strong and large network. I have found it pays great dividends for the people I am trying to help and for the people others are trying to help. If you don't have a good network, now is the time to get started.