The 3 LinkedIn Etiquette Rules You Should Never Break
With over 187 million members, Linkedin is quickly becoming a force in social media circles. LinkedIn is a great way to connect and be found, and many recruiters search LinkedIn to find relevant candidates. If you are looking to give your job search the edge, now is the time to make your profile accurate and complete. Remember, your LinkedIn profile is an online CV so make sure it’s something you will be proud to see on paper in the hands of a hiring manager. This article offers advice on do’s and don’ts when building your network or looking for a job:
LinkedIn is one social network where little mistakes can directly impact your financial future. Avoid these common LinkedIn mistakes that could work against you when building your networking or looking for a job.
1. Stop using LinkedIn’s auto-generated templates.
Whether it’s congratulating someone on a new role or requesting a connection with someone, avoid generic messages. While LinkedIn does often pre-populate message fields, you will get a whole lot further with your networking efforts if you take some time to personalize your correspondence. Within a few seconds you can include a custom note to a contact (instead of “I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn) and add a little context. For example, if you’re connecting with someone you just met at a conference, remind her about this meeting by including some details about your chat (including the date and any other relevant info). Using auto-generated templates time and time again is a sign of laziness, which is probably not the impression you want to leave with potential colleagues on the largest professional online network in the world.
2. Stop pushing your social updates to your LinkedIn status.
A good social media dashboard can come in handy when you’re trying to schedule messages or post a quick update. However, it’s an even better idea to tailor an individual post to a specific social network. For example, if you’re writing an update about your new job on Facebook, it’s probably okay to use more casual and enthusiastic language on that site if most of your connections there are friends and family. If you’re looking to share similar news with the LinkedIn community, go for something a little more polished. In terms of sending Twitter tweets to LinkedIn, it’s okay once in a while, but don’t make a habit of it (especially if you use a lot of Twitter terminology, such as @, RT, or MT).
3. Stop asking for LinkedIn endorsements from people you don’t know.
In real life, it would be a strange networking move to request a testimonial from someone you don’t know. However, in my own experience, it occurs on a regular basis on LinkedIn, despite the company’s mandate since its launch in 2003. LinkedIn is very clear that their network allows you to connect with people you know. In fact, if you dig deep into the company’s user agreement, you will discover that you are in fact bound to specific rules building on this belief: “Don’t undertake the following: Invite people you do not know to join your network.” In short, requesting an endorsement from a stranger is a definite no-no and can only hinder your LinkedIn experience because it comes across as a naive and amateur move.
When it comes to LinkedIn etiquette, this is one social network where little mistakes can affect your financial future. To avoid mishaps, tailor your messages, customize your posts, and nurture relationships with people you know.