VISTA Careers: Streamline Your Connections Through LinkedIn


By Lynne Williams

Don’t have a business card?  Or … maybe you have run out of business cards at a networking event. No problem! If you have downloaded the LinkedIn app on your phone, you can still easily connect with others.

Step1: Click on the four gray boxes in the search bar.

Step 2: Click on “Scan” if you want to scan someone’s QR code or click on “My Code” if you want your code to be scanned.

If you are the scanner and bring someone’s profile up to scan, you can then hit “Connect” to make a quick connection, but just know that the message will be generic and not be personalized.

Maybe you would prefer to send a personal message once you bring their profile up. If so, and you see they are a second level connection, you will want to tap on the “More” button and then click on “Personalize Invite” so you can type a personalized message.

If the person is a third level connection and you want to connect, you will have to click on the “three dots” before you click on “Personalize Invite”.

So if you are not on LinkedIn, why should you be on LinkedIn? Since 2003, the platform has grown to over 610 million users worldwide, you want to get on LinkedIn so you are not left out.

Want to learn more about LinkedIn or get other career transition or career management advice? Join the Meetup group of the Philadelphia Area Great Careers Group and participate in any of the 14 regional chapters for a speaker session, workshop, or jobseeker career success group where networking is key to our community of over 3800 members.

Don’t miss out on free online career advice delivered to your email with links to video interviews starting on February 18th. I will be offering some free giveaways, as are the other career coaches from around the country, for this special one-time event. Register on or before the 18th at 11 AM EST.


Lynne Williams is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Area Great Careers Group, a 501(c)3 nonprofit providing workforce development, career education, and networking. Contact Lynne by phone at 484-393-2951, on the web at, email at, on social media @GreatCareersPHL and connect on LinkedIn at