Two Things to Do on LinkedIn Right Now

two linkedin tasks to do nowNow that the new year is here, you’re likely busy creating resolutions, getting organized and mapping out your 2013 business strategy. We have two LinkedIn tasks to add to your to-do list—but don’t worry, they only take a few minutes!

After all, if you’ve spent time building your LinkedIn network and creating a comprehensive profile that details your professional history, you want to take steps to safeguard this important information. And that’s why now is the perfect time to tackle these two LinkedIn tasks:

Export Your LinkedIn Contacts

If the unthinkable happens and your LinkedIn account is compromised, having a record of your contacts will allow you to quickly restore them—think of it as the equivalent of backing up your hard drive.

To export your contacts, head to LinkedIn and click Connections, then Contacts. Select Export Connections at the bottom right of the screen and select your preferred file format (.CSV and .VCF are both available). After that, hit Export and you’ll have a saved list that includes first and last names, company, title and email address.

Export and Save Your LinkedIn Profile

Like exporting your LinkedIn contacts, exporting and saving your profile gives you an additional layer of protection should your profile become compromised or otherwise inaccessible. The process varies slightly depending on whether or not you have the new LinkedIn profile.

If your profile has been updated to the new format, go to Profile and select View Profile. Click Edit and Export to PDF. Save this to your computer and, for additional safekeeping, print a hard copy that you can file away for future reference.

If you’re using the old profile format, select Profile, then Edit Profile. From the pull-down menu in the View box, select Export to PDF.

And while you’re at it, now’s the perfect time to make sure your profile is complete. Enhance sections like Summary, Experience and Skills and Expertise by adding published works, projects and certifications, if applicable. Consider expanding your network, too, whether by perusing LinkedIn’s suggested contacts or entering your email credentials to let LinkedIn do the work for you. Our only tip? When you do connect with someone new, please take just a few seconds to customize the default connection invitation—it’s a small step that makes a big impression!

What else is at the top of your 2013 to-do list?

Photo by Kate Hiscock via Creative Commons

  • http://inspiretothrive.com/ Lisa Buben

    Great idea to export the contacts and profile, thanks for sharing Katy. So much info there it would be a shame to lose it all.

  • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

    Thanks so much Shelly: done and done:) Cheers! Kaarina

  • ShellyKramer

    You’re welcome!

  • reddel

    Terrific idea for the new year. I often retrieve information from LinkedIn and just assume it will always be there. You never know. Thanks Katy!

  • http://www.v3im.com/ Katy Ryan Schamberger

    I do the same thing! Following these two quick steps, however, has given me much more peace of mind. Thanks for stopping by!

  • http://www.v3im.com/ Katy Ryan Schamberger

    My thoughts exactly, Lisa. Glad you enjoyed the post!

  • http://twitter.com/Soulati Jayme Soulati

    Thanks for this; excellent tips. Sorry, it was too good to just ignore with a mundane comment. Everyone needs to do this.

  • ShellyKramer

    Thanks Jayme. Happy New Year, BTW!!!

  • Pioneer Outfitters

    Thank you, both, Shelly and Jayme… because like many and exactly what @reddel:disqus said, I am always grabbing info from LinkedIn…and just assume it will be there. I’ll keep this open till the job is done. I haven’t done #1 for quite awhile and I actually have never done #2.

  • ShellyKramer

    I hadn’t done it either, so I’m glad to not be alone on this one. Little reminders like this can make a big difference :)))

    Glad you enjoyed!

  • http://twitter.com/Jess_Out_Loud Jess MacCallum

    Great Ideas! I just did both!

  • ShellyKramer

    Excellente!

  • http://www.thejackb.com/ The JackB

    I never thought about exporting the contacts, but I like that. Smart and practical.

  • DebbyBruck

    Smart move.

  • Beth Quartel

    Thank you for this advice, Katy. Do you know if there is any way to see and save our past LinkedIn activity–beyond the most recent 10 posts?

  • MKMHome

    Thanks for reminding me to do a back-up Katy. Now that those two tasks are done, onto the rest of my computer. – Happy New Year

  • Sandy Appleyard

    I didn’t know you could even do this :) Thanks for that!

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  • Dave Gee

    Great ideas! You saved potentially hours of headaches! Thanks-Dave

  • http://www.v3im.com/ Katy Ryan Schamberger

    Any time, Sandy!!

  • http://www.v3im.com/ Katy Ryan Schamberger

    Can you come and do mine next, please??? :) Happy New Year!

  • http://www.v3im.com/ Katy Ryan Schamberger

    I make them occasionally — but usually because @ShellyKramer:disqus told me to :) Thanks for stopping by, Debby!

  • http://www.v3im.com/ Katy Ryan Schamberger

    My thoughts, too! Appreciate your comment!

  • http://www.v3im.com/ Katy Ryan Schamberger

    Hi Beth – I’m looking into this. I haven’t found anything yet but I wanted you to know I’m still searching. I’ll let you know what I find ASAP!

  • Beth Quartel

    Thanks!!

  • Tom Neal

    Thanks Great Idea!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tkuziela Ted Kuziela

    Thank you. This is a great idea. Forwarding to all I know.

  • Cheryl Erickson

    Thank you very much – the instructions are very clear and will help lots of people.

  • http://www.ElevatingYourBusiness.com/ Maria Marsala

    Great tips. Profiles should be in Word Documents and used in part for other social networking sites.
    I set my Outlook calendar to remind me once a month to download my contacts. You never know what you might do to get your site shut down– even for a few days.

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  • Julie Musial

    Great tips. Thank you for sharing.

  • ShellyKramer

    Thanks Julie! Glad you enjoyed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gorddiver Gordon Diver

    Great suggestions Katy – thanks for the reminder

  • bob meyer

    Great idea. Thanks Chris.

  • stanmann

    Thanks for the tip. I knew about exporting your contacts, but didn’t know about making a PDF of your profile.

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