Just a quickie here folks – something invaluable to do in about 90 seconds, requesting your LinkedIn Archive. I learned about this from a Viveka Von Rosen tweet (Twitter @LinkedInExpert). This archive contains a wealth of information – for example the ‘connections’ file which contains the first name, last name, email address, current company and current position of all your connections.
To retrieve this data log in to LinkedIn and then do the following:
- Go up to the right-hand top corner and click on your photo (you are using a photo on LinkedIn aren’t you – here’s how to do it right) and select the ‘Privacy & Settings’ link (you may be prompted to re-enter your password as a precaution)
- On the next screen click on the ‘Account’ tab and select the ‘Request an archive of your data’ link
You’ll probably get a message back saying that it may take up to 72 hours but mine was back in much less than that. The zipped folder will contain 20+ files (each of which I was able to open with LibreOffice software as spreadsheets) each full of interesting information that you can incorporate into your LinkedIn profile, summary and even your resume – Viveka’s original article has some great ideas on how you can use this treasure trove most effectively. Happy exploring!