How to Use LinkedIn Groups as an FM

Aug. 24, 2015

These knowledge centers can provide fast answers to pressing questions.

A well-curated LinkedIn profile is key to maintaining your professional image and the platform also includes a variety of tools that can help you improve your FM skills, find answers to urgent issues, and network with like-minded individuals.

If you’ve ever had a facility issue that needed to be resolved immediately, you know how valuable the right information at the right time can be. Utilizing LinkedIn groups can help you find answers fast while knowing that the information you receive is coming from a trustworthy source, since everyone’s profile is tied to their real name and professional reputation.

To find groups that will be helpful to you, simply sign into LinkedIn and hover your mouse over Interests, select Groups, and search by keyword.

Anthony Pizzitola, Disaster Preparedness/Recovery and Quality Assurance Manager for Jones Lang LaSalle, offers four tips to help FMs find the right information on LinkedIn:

1) Keep in mind that professional decorum is the gatekeeper to your online reputation.

2) Join LinkedIn groups that are relevant to your field – once you’ve read about various FM organizations and business magazines, you can find their group and join them.

3) When you join a group, it’s helpful to make a blanket post for the group to introduce yourself. Explain that you’ve just joined and are looking forward to seeing everyone’s posts.

4) Visit each group that you’ve joined at least every two weeks – chime in, ask questions, and provide any solutions that you may have. Soon, you’ll be viewed as a leader of that group rather than a follower.

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