How to Join a LinkedIn Group
When you look at the LinkedIn groups out there, one of the most important things to keep in mind is that you should join only groups that are relevant to you. Although you might think it's fun to join another LinkedIn alumni association group besides your alma mater, it won’t really help you in the long run. When you’re proactive and plan to seek out a LinkedIn group to join, it's good to have a purpose in mind.
From the top navigation bar, roll your mouse over the Groups link and then click the Groups Directory link in the drop-down menu that appears.
You’re taken to the Groups Directory page on LinkedIn.
Enter keywords in the text box underneath the Search Groups heading.
Use keywords to describe the group that interests you. Say, for example, that you’re looking to join a group that promotes or encourages public speaking. Just enter public speaking into the text box.
Click the Search button to see a list of groups that match your keywords.
Go through the results list, and read the descriptions of each group on the list. If you need more information about the group, click the Owner’s name to see his profile and send him a message requesting a few details about the group.
When you see a Group that you want to join, click the Join Group button you see to the right of the group description.
You’re taken to the Group summary page to view the details regarding the group’s contact e-mail as well as how often (and what types of) messages get relayed to you. You can also choose whether you want the Group logo displayed on your profile after joining.
Click the Join Group button to join the LinkedIn group.
You see a confirmation message, and you’re taken back to the My Groups page with your newly added group on the list. Depending on the requirements for membership, your request will either be immediately approved or sent to the group manager for manual approval.