The Secret LinkedIn Tip You’re Not Using But Need to Be

I’m what you’d call a LinkedIn power user. Whenever I come in contact with anyone, be it through email or briefly at an event, I immediately connect with them on LinkedIn. This way, they are always there for you to reconnect with at a later date.

I’m sure you’ve heard people say LinkedIn is the best way to organize your contacts…but I don’t really think that’s true. Searching through your LinkedIn contacts is pretty cumbersome as a free user, with only a few useful sorting options.

Enter the best LinkedIn tip you’ve never heard until now:

You can download all your LinkedIn connections as an excel or CSV file.

I’ll wait a moment while you let that settle in.

Gone are the days where you have to struggle to see if you know someone at a certain company or with a certain title, or worse, go through each profile and click contact to find their email.

To download your LinkedIn contacts, just login to your account and visit this link:

How to Download Your LinkedIn Connections


When you download your connections, you’ll get the following columns: First name, last name, email, company, and title. It will also export a bunch of other empty columns between their email and title, so just delete those.

What I’d recommend is creating a Google Doc Spreadsheet and downloading your contacts into that once a month. That way you can browse through and keep track of folks as they move around.

For instance, looking for a new role as a copywriter? Do a “control F” in your excel doc for anyone with the word Copywriter or Editor in their title.

With great power comes great responsibility. Don’t start spamming your connections with generic desperate pleas for jobs and introductions. Use this as a way to discover new connections you might not have ever realized you have in your network.

Did you know about this feature? What are your favorite LinkedIn tips? Share in the comments!

About the Author

Emily is Founder and CEO of FindSpark. Passionate about the power of social media and networking; Emily has spoken at numerous colleges, conferences, and events including The International Youth Leaders Assembly at The United Nations, SXSW Interactive, Internet Week, Mediabistro's Social Media Bootcamp, Time Inc, Columbia University, and New York University, among others. Emily is also an adjunct professor, teaching social media and career courses at multiple colleges. Learn more about having Emily speak at your next event and follow her on twitter @EmilyMiethner.

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