Image Credit Sue Waters
When I was a kid, tag was a game you played at recess where you ran around at top speed, and tried to reach out and touch one of your friends, yelling "You're It!" Tags have something of a different meaning today, with search engine optimization, blogs, metadata... all roughly translated as blah blah blah unless that's the world you live in. Most of us ignore tags up until the moment that we're searching for something online, and then we think "gee, that's handy." What if you could harness the power of tags to help you with your job search, business development, or career advancement? You can, using LinkedIn Tags.
Tags have been a feature of LinkedIn's network management tools for years, but it's been both undervalued and underused. Every time you connect with someone, LinkedIn assigns a tag, based on the type of connection selected in the invitation – colleagues, classmates, friends... They aren't very creative categories, and with the complexity of relationships today, they frankly aren't helpful. But LinkedIn offers you the ability to customize your tags to categorize relationships in ways that are meaningful to you, and then filter your network using your custom tags to help you find people faster. Here are 3 tips for getting your network organized: