LinkedIn also offers a Question and Answer service. By using this, you can establish yourself as an expert in a given filed by answering others questions.
You can ask questions to others in your field or situation and they may be of a great help to you. Both asking, and answering questions can lead to long term connections that may yield far bigger benefits that this simple one time Question / Answer exchange.
So let’s take a look at how to get to the questions and answers section. First go to your home page on LinkedIn. On the top menu click on “More” then “Answers” as shown above.
You will now be taken to the Answers Home page. This page looks like the one shown below.
Ask A Question: Have something you need answered? Type your question here and press “Next” follow the on screen instructions and you may very well receive the answer you need AND make a connection in the process.
Answer A Question: Click on the “Answer Now” button if you would like to answer other LinkedIn member questions.
Establish yourself as an expert and make connections!
Just follow the on screen instructions and you are on your way to answering your fist question.
Ask a Question
To start asking questions Simply click on the “Ask A Question” tab on the top of the Answers screen. You can simply use the Answers Home screen to ask a questions as well, but this is another way.
The Ask a Question screen will look the the screen shown on the right side of this page. They will ask for the following information:
Details: Provide specific details here – elaborate
Categorize: Choose the right cateogry to increase the chances of an answer being provided.
Is your question related to…? (Please check all that apply
Recruiting (I am trying to fill a position or hire) – Is your question attempting to find someone to hire? If so, check this.
Promoting your services (I am promoting my business, service, or product) – Is this question a direct or indirect attempt to sell somebody something? If yes, check this.
Job seeking (I am announcing my interest in getting a job or changing jobs) – Is this question attempting to land you a job? If so, check this!
Asking questions can provide valuable information and also help you to make connections, it’s something you should certainly try as needed.
Answer a Question
Now that we know how to ask a question, lets learn how to answer one.
To get to this screen click on “Answer Questions” on top of the Answers screen.
Answering questions is both easy, and rewarding on Linkedn. When you answer a question you establish yourself as an expert in the field and this helps you to make connections. You are also helping somebody which is incredible powerful as well. Perhaps they will give you a recommendation!
Let’s look briefly at the interface.
First, on the right side, pick a category you would like to answer a question in.
Once there, sift through the open questions and answer any that you feel you can help with.
The on screen instructions are very clear, so you will master this in no time at all!
Answering questions is something you should try at least a few times. Just answer a few and see the connection requests come in.
Well, that concludes this section on Adding Connections. I hope you learned a lot and I look forward to teaching you about LinkedIn Job searching and Job hunting strategies in the next section.
Part 1: LinkedIn: Introduction
Part 2: LinkedIn: Creating Your Account
Part 3: LinkedIn: Connect With Contacts and Invite Friends
Part 4: LinkedIn: Building Your Profile
Part 5: LinkedIn: Add Your Resume Elements
Part 6: LinkedIn: Adding Connections
Part 7: LinkedIn: Adding Connections – Other Methods
Part 8: LinkedIn: Adding Connections – LinkedIn Groups
Part 9: LinkedIn: Adding Connections – LinkedIn Answers
Part 10: LinkedIn: For Job Hunting
Part 11: LinkedIn: For Job Hunting – Strategies