While looking for opportunities to strengthen my pipeline, I usually look for new tools, platforms or sites (new for me, meaning those tools I am not familiar or have not worked with before).
I came to know the LinkedIn Profinder tool, offered by the largest professional social network.
It is interesting, and from my own interpretation, how many independent consultants, freelancing professionals and companies looking for those professionals started to use LinkedIn to staff their projects. My conclusion is that creating that tools was a natural step for the site.
Below is a copy and paste from their overview.
LinkedIn ProFinder is LinkedIn's professional services marketplace that helps you find the best freelance or independent professionals in your area. It's currently only available within the U.S. and within specific service categories.
We aim to get you up to five responses from highly qualified, local professionals within 24 business hours of your request submission. Currently, LinkedIn members from any valid U.S. zip code can file a request for a service.
If you're a freelance or independent professional, learn how you can apply to be a service provider on LinkedIn ProFinder and our five keys to a successful LinkedIn ProFinder profile.
Intro for ProsWith LinkedIn ProFinder, quality, vetted leads will come directly to you. Learn how to apply to be a professional service provider and get started with ProFinder.
Applying to be a Professional on LinkedIn ProFinderIf you're a freelance professional wanting to be a pro on LinkedIn ProFinder, follow these steps to applyto be a service provider on ProFinder.
Getting LinkedIn ProFinder LeadsWhen a consumer submits a project request, the project is distributed via the LinkedIn ProFinder algorithm. The algorithm considers the following criteria when notifying pros of leads:
Pros can receive email notifications when the ProFinder system determines that they are a good fit for a new project request. Learn more about how to adjust your email preferences to receive email notifications.
In order to view all the project requests that are available in your area at any given time, be sure to check your Client Requests folder regularly. Any projects listed as Available are still open to accept proposals and are first come first served.
LinkedIn ProFinder - Keys to a Successful ProfileLinkedIn ProFinder is a marketplace that connects top quality freelance or independent professionals with new clients and leads. Having a fully complete profile is the most important piece to getting opportunities, as it's one of the first things potential clients will see.
There are five main pieces to consider when building a successful profile:
Viewing Project Requests on LinkedIn ProFinderTo view your LinkedIn ProFinder project requests, you'll need to log into your ProFinder account and click Client Requests in the upper right corner of the page. You'll see a list of all proposals that have been matched to your services.
Pros will be notified of new projects via a drip model. That is, when a project is approved by our team, pros will be notified in small batches until the project request fills with 5 proposals or a 48-hour window has passed, whichever comes first. Pros will receive email alerts for all projects they are eligible for within their geographic radius.
Pros will receive email alerts for projects that are a good fit for the services they offer, otherwise all project requests available in their area will be visible in the Client Requests folder. We recommend checking your Client Requests folder multiple times per day.
If you're not receiving emails for project requests, be sure to check the spam folders in your email. Learn more about ProFinder email notifications.
Writing a Quality Proposal to a Client on LinkedIn ProFinderHere are some tips for writing a great proposal within LinkedIn ProFinder so you're more likely to hear back from a client who is looking to hire professionals like you.
There are a few things to keep in mind when writing your proposal: