What’s Wrong and Right When Networking with LinkedIn 

ByAdam Muir

 

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LinkedIn is a social media site for networking. You will get a little bit of everything on LinkedIn, but the more we focus on using it for networking the better it will be.  Let's consider these things when visiting.  

 

Wrong

  1. LinkedIn is, essentially, a place of business.  It is a job board with people trying to further their career through knowledge, networking and posting resumes and should be treated as such.  I’ve seen people use LinkedIn like a dating site, which is not acceptable. That type of behavior is on par with sexual harassment (this really goes for any social media platform too.)   

  2. Do not complain about your place of work.  It is a pretty good way to get fired.

  3. Do not post stuff you wouldn’t want your role models to see.  

  4. Don’t spam connections by clicking another connection after you are done sending one.  Doing that over and over will set something off in their algorithm that suspends your account.  That’s a lot of work down the drain. You may be able to talk with customer service to fix it, but what a pain in the butt.



Right

  1. Send notes with your connections.  Say why you are reaching out and show them you have done the research and it makes sense for the connection.  Include your number and ask for their number.

  2. Put your resume on LinkedIn and put the word “looking” in your current status.  This will very quickly alert potential employers that you are actively searching for a position.  I have found some good candidates by searching for the word “looking”- it works!

  3. Try to send connections to people you searched for.  If you are sending out numerous connections, try going back to your original search and changing your criteria to get even more connections.

  4. Delete invitations that are older than three months. If enough people decline your connections your account can be suspended, so it’s important to stay on top of this.  People that use LinkedIn regularly and network will respond to you within 3 months. People who don’t use LinkedIn and log in after 8-12 months seem more likely to decline invitations.  

 

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