Common LinkedIn Mistakes for Job Seekers

Livia Smith

In terms of job search software, social media has become a dominant software within the job seeker’s software field. It’s because, of all the social media websites, LinkedIn is unquestionably the most well-liked, as it’s primarily used for professional development and may thus be classified as a Skilled Community. LinkedIn is also widely used by recruiters and hiring managers to find top talent, so you will frequently have the opportunity to showcase your skills, achievements, and persona by effectively utilizing this media.

In October of 2011, we published a blog post titled “How to Use Your Community When Job Searching,” and LinkedIn took center stage. We also published “5 Common LinkedIn Errors” in May of 2013, but we wanted to highlight some additional points we’ve observed. However, keep in mind that LinkedIn has different etiquette guidelines than Facebook or Twitter because the goal of LinkedIn is to make professional connections rather than social ones. The following are the most common LinkedIn mistakes we see people make:

1.) Selfishness: When was the last time you unselfishly recommended someone on LinkedIn? Especially if you’ve recently worked with an important mission supervisor or an incredible Research Coordinator, why haven’t you given them a recommendation on LinkedIn without expecting anything in return?

2.) Laziness: Have you ever succumbed to the temptation of only making connections when you want one thing? Your effectiveness may be jeopardized if you wait until you need a job and then send out mass invites; you will then exude desperation. Because your skilled colleagues want to help those who help themselves, you should be constantly engaged in building and nurturing your community.

3.) Do You Have a Technique? Building a great community entails hand-picking people who can benefit you professionally (and also you them). It is not so much about the size of your community as it is about the quality of your connections. You should benefit from expanding your network through referrals, colleagues, and group members. Remember to leverage your existing community by sending tailored invite requests to second and third LinkedIn connections.

4.) Inappropriate Habits: LinkedIn is not the same as YouTube, Twitter, or Facebook. LinkedIn, as a Skilled Community Building platform, is used to connect people with potential hiring managers, employers, prospects, or clients. Remember that you’re constructing your personal model with each interaction, and once you put something in writing, it’s set in stone. Maintain your professionalism AT ALL TIMES. Test your spelling, grammar, and, most importantly, ALWAYS use your mind.

5.) Are you paying attention to the important points? On LinkedIn, we see people constantly lacking alternatives to build their model in two areas.

First and foremost, have you ever participated in LinkedIn right now? Are you missing out on conversations taking place in your current community? Joining thought leaders’ networks is a great way to connect with them, participate in ongoing discussions, and share articles. One of these high-quality exercises will drive visitors to your website and may convey a slew of new connections!

Second, how particular do your future colleagues or hiring managers feel when they receive the standard “I’d like to add you to my skilled community on LinkedIn” invitation whenever you use the generic connection request? Personalize your request so that the potential buyer or boss appreciates the value you bring to the table and is enticed to accept!

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