There is no rulebook when it comes to LinkedIn. It’s important now more than ever to have a LinkedIn profile to jumpstart your career. This business and employment-oriented social networking site fosters professional relationships and enhances your reputation. It allows you to network, find jobs, and build your career. LinkedIn is a valuable tool often used incorrectly. Make sure you aren’t making these embarrassing mistakes the next time you’re on LinkedIn.
Connecting With Someone You Don’t Know
Requesting someone to connect with you on LinkedIn that you don’t know is awkward. The number of your connections doesn’t matter, but rather their quality. If you do want to connect with someone new, write a personalized message before sending. Make sure you have connections or a job experience in common.
Asking for A Recommendation
A recommendation is someone that has direct experience with your work. How can someone vouch that you are a good candidate if they don’t know you? It’s wrong for you to ask a person you’ve never met to write a recommendation for your profile. Though a recommendation from the CEO of your last company looks good, you’re putting them in a tough position. They must either turn you down or write a lie.
An Unprofessional Photo
LinkedIn is for connecting in the workplace and not your social life. You don’t need a professional to take your photo, but you should use a professional-looking headshot. This means no selfies, group pictures or full body poses. Make sure you look inviting in your photo. A closed mouth smile has about half the effect on likability than a smile with visible teeth.
Turn off Notifications
LinkedIn gives you the option of notifying your network every time you make a change to your profile. There is no need to broadcast to your entire network that you added a word to your headline or changed the date on your employment history. This can be especially annoying if you are revamping your entire profile. There is no added benefit to you for constantly notifying them anytime you change a small detail.
Don’t fill your summary with subjective self-assessments without proof. Words like proficient, master or exceptional should not be thrown around. Exaggerating your skills or experience is a recipe for disaster. It will backfire when you’re in a situation where you have to prove your skills. Instead of describing yourself with fancy language, let your accomplishments speak for themselves.